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Ex-Liverpool man James Gow appointed Al-Jazira academy technical director

- Arab News Abu Dhabi

UAE champions Al-Jazira have announced the appointmen­t of former Liverpool technical director, James Gow, as the new head of its academy in Abu Dhabi.

The country’s capital represents the latest stop in Gow’s career following stints in England, Australia, China, and Singapore, and he arrives following 12 successful years in various roles with Liverpool FC where he was most recently the club’s internatio­nal academy technical director in Australia, managing and developing more than 30 coaches while also initiating sports science and performanc­e analysis department­s.

Gow said: “I am very happy to arrive at the home of the UAE champions. Al-Jazira is renowned across the region for its academy, and it is truly a great honor to lead it going forward.

“I found Al-Jazira to be the most suitable step in my career as I was attracted by the strong foundation­s put in place by the club’s leadership and the ambitious long-term vision and plans to cement itself as a leading example.

“I am excited about the future, and I am confident that my experience will help to develop the academy’s functions across all fronts. The UAE is home to many great

talents, and it is great to see many of them are graduates of Al-Jazira’s academy. We look to build on this great success going forward.

“As a team, we have a big task ahead and a great responsibi­lity to fulfill and I look forward to getting straight to work,” he added.

The Englishman began his career at Liverpool in 2008 as a young coach involved in the club’s community department, working on inclusion initiative­s for children and adults with disabiliti­es and with youth in underprivi­leged areas.

He then took a role as a performanc­e analyst intern in 2011 while studying at university, servicing both the club’s academy and the first team and working with some of the world’s biggest football stars on introducin­g an individual playerfocu­sed developmen­t system.

Gow also successful­ly led a long-term player developmen­t program during his time as head of coaching at Liverpool FC’s Internatio­nal Football Academy in Guilin, China between 2014 and 2015.

His appointmen­t comes as part of Al-Jazira’s longterm mission to

develop young talent from its academy, which last season proved a big success as 17 academy graduates featured in the 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League title-winning squad.

Al-Jazira chief executive officer, Ali Youssef Al-Hammadi, said: “We are very happy to welcome James as the new leader of Al-Jazira’s academy. The appointmen­t of an internatio­nally experience­d academy technical director is a clear testament to the importance we place on continuall­y growing our football academy.

“Thanks to our leadership’s guidance and great trust in our home-grown talent, we take massive pride in being home to one of the Middle East’s best academies.

“Driven by our investment across all age groups, we have a very strong structure in place to build on the great title-winning success of last season in the upcoming years.

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