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MEET THE BACKROOM TEAM

1 October 2020

Since his appointment as Southend United Manager in August, Mark Molesley has been given the freedom to add to his management team with five new members of staff.

Tom Prodomo, who worked closely alongside Molesley during his time at Weymouth, was brought in as Assistant Manager.

And we are pleased to announce that Mark and Tom are joined at Blues by a new Head of Recruitment, First-Team Coach, Goalkeeper Coach and First-Team Analyst.

Anton Robinson takes over as Head of Recruitment, Jamie Wells First-Team Coach, Joe Prodomo has joined as Goalkeeper Coach and Sam Hall is the new First-Team Analyst.

Mark Molesley spoke about why it was important to bring them in and how it will create the right culture across the first-team.

"I know their characters very well and I know how hard-working and diligent they all are," he said.

"It’s not just on the pitch, they really go above and beyond off the pitch.

"They will live and breathe this football club and work hard every day for it.

"To create the right culture you’ve got to surround yourself with the right people with the right attitude and work ethic, and set the standard.

"We want to set high standards and first and foremost we’ve got to look at ourselves and lead by example.

"We’ve got to make sure we’re outworking everyone we can, and we’ve certainly brought the right people in who will do that.

"We’re on a constant journey of self-improvement. Can we be better than yesterday? To do that we try and have a multiple discipline approach.

"We really value the work of everyone that gets involved, whether it’s sport science, physiotherapy, psychology, nutrition, technical and tactical.

"With the staff we've brought in and the great staff that were here already, we tap into all of those areas. We’re trying to leave no stone unturned and support the players as best we can."

Anton Robinson – Head of Recruitment

Anton Robinson, 34, is a former centre midfielder most notably for AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

He started his career at Millwall in 2004. Following a move to Weymouth in 2007, where he spent two years and scored 10 goals, Robinson caught the eye of The Cherries.

Robinson moved to Bournemouth in 2009 and went onto make over 100 appearances in two and a half years at The Vitality Stadium which included a promotion to League One.

In 2011 he moved to Huddersfield and played 30 games as they won promotion to the Championship through the play-offs.

A serious knee injury forced Robinson to retire at the age of 28 which led to him re-joining his former club, Bournemouth, in the first-team recruitment set-up where he's been for the past four years.

On the addition of Robinson, Molesley said: "A big part of my presentation to the Chairman was Anton and he brings a wealth of experience in what he’s been doing and the way he works. He knows his players, knows the market and is very resourceful in the way that he works so I’m delighted to add him to my team.”

Jamie Wells – First Team Coach

Someone who Molesley describes as being able to "lend his hand to all facets of what we do; recruitment, analysis, coaching. He has a hand in helping on all fronts."

Jamie, who has his UEFA A Licence, worked in the Bournemouth Academy before joining San Jose Earthquakes in California for three years with their development teams.

He returned to the UK with Bournemouth’s Academy, combining that with roles at various non-league clubs in the National League and National League South.

Jamie was also involved at Weymouth for the last year-and-a-half, working alongside Molesley as they clinched promotion last season.

Joe Prodomo – Goalkeeper Coach

A former non-league goalkeeper having played over 250 games.

Joe was then player-coach at Weymouth before turning to coaching in the AFC Bournemouth Academy.

Joe spent three years at Bournemouth as Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach, working with the under 18’s and also doubling up as Assistant Manager and taking charge of all goalkeeper matters from the under 18’s down.

Sam Hall – First Team Analyst

Sam joins from AFC Bournemouth where he had been working for two years in the U21 side and previously gained first-team experience with Crawley Town between 2016-2017.

In July 2017 Sam moved to Brighton and Hove Albion's Academy, working with varying age groups, where he also got some experience in coaching on the pitch, before joining the Cherries in 2018.

His role at Blues covers some on pitch as well as typical pre- and post-match analysis.


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