Bradford City AFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Conor Marlin as the academy’s new head of coaching and player development.
Marlin arrives at the University of Bradford Stadium following a productive spell as Oldham Athletic head of academy, and will fill the position recently vacated by Martin Drury.
The 36-year-old moved to England as the Latics’ head of first-team analysis in 2016. He then worked as a worldwide talent development expert with the likes of the Premier League, MLS and FIFA - advising over 50 clubs on youth development - before a return to Oldham in 2019 saw him serve time as interim assistant manager last season.
In addition to 16 months as Glentoran’s academy director in 2013, the Northern Irishman spent over 10 years in a variety of coaching and scouting roles within the Irish Football Association.
Marlin played a pivotal role in the Irish FA’s Club NI programme, as an elite performance coordinator and coach, seeing a record number of players move to the UK.
He said: “I am delighted to be here. When I told people I was leaving Oldham for Bradford, the first thing they told me was that this was a great club.
“I have been involved in international youth football for over 10 years and have a wide range of experience right across the pathway, which will hopefully aid me in this role.
“I am a developer of players and coaches, so am focused on building relationships with people, first and foremost, and then looking to see where else we can improve.
“I am looking forward to getting my teeth into the role, and building on the good work which has been in place here over past few years.”