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HASSELBAINK ADDS TO BURTON ALBION BACKROOM STAFF

30 June 2021

BURTON Albion have added fitness coach Pablo Garcia to manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s backroom staff.

And the club have also appointed Sean O'Callaghan as the club's new first team match analyst.

Garcia has been overseeing the club's pre-season training - starting with a testing day at the University of Derby's Human Performance Centre and Sport and Exercise departments and then moving on to more fitness work at Repton School.

The 34-year-old had spells working with the first team at Northampton Town, where he worked under Hasselbaink during his time at Sixfields, before a spell at Birmingham City earlier this year.

Garcia received a degree in Science of Physical Activities and Sport from the University of Coruna and then worked towards Masters degrees in Football Injury Prevention and Rehab, Sport Related Activities at College Level and Exercise Prescription in Pathologies.

"It has been really good so far," said Garcia. "It has been a week and a day and I'm absolutely happy with the work we have been doing.

"The players have come in in really good shape and I'm very happy with them. They have looked after themselves and you can tell that from the testing we have done so far.

"You can tell from the loading we have put on them that they have coped with that and done okay."

O'Callaghan joins the Brewers after building experience initially at non-league level and then joining Sheffield United, working with Chris Morgan for the Blades' U23s during Nigel Clough's spell as manager.

He then joined Mansfield Town before working with Peterborough United, and has most recently been with Stockport County in the National League.

"I'm local to the area so it was a no-brainer to jump at the chance and join the gaffer, Dino (Maamria), Beardo (Chris Beardsley) and the rest of the staff," said O'Callaghan.

"I've settled in really nicely, just sorting everything out and getting everything in place."

IMAGE: Pablo Garcia with Sports Scientist Ben Watkiss


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