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Manager - Russell Martin

Russell Martin is in his first spell as manager after enjoying an illustrious playing career - one which saw him make over 580 career appearances, earn 29 international caps and achieve promotion from each EFL division.

The 34-year-old spent the formative years of his playing career in the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy, but would leave East Sussex in 2004 to join Lewes.

The defender returned to professional football after one season, moving to Wycombe Wanderers, where he spent four years and totalled over 130 appearances. He then joined Peterborough United and would captain the club to promotion into the Sky Bet Championship that campaign.

In 2009, Martin made the switch to Norwich City and he would go on to spend the next nine years at Carrow Road. He totalled 300 appearances for the Canaries and achieve three promotions, while earning international recognition for Scotland during that time.

He left Carrow Road in 2018 as a fans favourite to take up a player-coach role with Sky Bet League One Walsall, although would spend just six months in the Midlands before departing for family reasons.

Following his departure in January 2019, Martin made his move to Milton Keynes Dons and played a crucial part in the Dons’ Sky Bet League Two promotion-winning campaign. He made 34 appearances in total for the Dons before taking over as manager on November 4 2019, replacing Paul Tisdale.

Off the pitch, Martin runs his own charitable foundation in Brighton - the Russell Martin Foundation. The organisation gives kids the chance to play football and work their way into academy football. Having become vegan in 2014 for health reasons, Martin is also part-owner of Erpingham House, the largest vegan restaurant in the UK.

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Assistant Manager - Luke Williams

Luke Williams was appointed as Russell Martin’s assistant manager in November 2019.

He began his coaching career within the youth set-ups of Leyton Orient and West Ham United, before managing the reserve team at Brighton & Hove Albion.

In 2013, Williams was appointed onto Mark Cooper’s first-team coaching staff at Swindon Town and he helped the Robins reach the Sky Bet League One play-off final. He remained as assistant under Martin Ling before taking on the role of caretaker manager following Ling’s resignation in December 2015.

After winning six of his 10 games as interim manager, Williams was appointed as Swindon Town’s permanent head coach and he held that role through until May 2017.

Williams joined Bristol City after leaving the County Ground and spent the two years prior to his move to Milton Keynes developing the Robins’ next generation of young players.

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Goalkeeper Coach - Dean Thornton

Dean Thornton was Russell Martin’s first addition to his backroom staff, appointed as the Club’s goalkeeper coach in November 2019.

Thornton, who spent time as a young player with Queens Park Rangers and Wycombe Wanderers, was Head of Academy Goalkeeping at QPR for nine years before being appointed first-team goalkeeper coach with Swindon Town in August 2016.

He spent two seasons with the Robins before taking up a role as goalkeeper coach for the Taiwan National Team at the start of the 2018/19 season - his final role before taking up the position at Stadium MK.

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Head of Sports Science and Medicine - Simon Crampton

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Senior Sports Therapist - Adam Ross

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Head Fitness and Conditioning Coach - Matt Willmott

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Lead Strength and Power Coach - Tom Bromley

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Head of Recruitment and Performance Analysis - Liam Sweeting

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First-Team Performance Analyst - Ben Parker

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Kit Manager - Ian Lanning

Academy

Academy Manager - Jon Goodman

Assistant Academy Manager - Simon Dwight

Head of Academy Coaching - Stephen Payne

Lead Professional Development Phase Coach - Lee Collier

Lead Youth Development Phase Coach - John Bitting

Lead Foundation Development Phase Coach - Nathan Thomas

Academy Coach - Izale McLeod

Head of Academy Recruitment - Callum Tychowski

Senior Academy Physiotherapist - Tom Gittoes

Academy Sports Scientist - Akash Modhwadia

Academy Sports Therapist - James Smissen

Football Operations - Thomas Evans

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