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Paul Lambert has bolstered his Villa backroom team in time for pre-season training next week by appointing three new faces to coaching roles.

Scott Marshall has been recruited as first team coach, while Michael Watts is the new strength and conditioning coach and will be assisted by Chris Lorkin.

Lambert knows Marshall from their time together at Wycombe, where Marshall was a member of the academy coaching staff and the pair also worked together at Norwich .

Marshall was previously a player at Arsenal, Celtic and Sheffield United and has also coached at Brentford, Chelsea, QPR and the Arsenal Soccer School in Oman.

Watts and Lorkin also worked under Lambert at Carrow Road.

They will join a Bodymoor Heath backroom team also including assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa.

“It takes time to build a team and you also need time to build the staff around you and these appointments will help everybody,” said Lambert.

“Scott worked with me at Wycombe and he has really good mannerisms about himself, a very professional approach and he will enhance everything.

“Definitely he will be a big hand for myself, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa.

“Michael I knew from previously working with him as well and he’s another top guy at his job and Chris will assist him really well.

“They’ll be my staff and we’ll all be striving for the same thing which is to continue to build the club and make Aston Villa as good as it can possibly be.”

Watts began his career as a strength and conditioning coach at Sheffield United, spending three years at Bramall Lane before moving to China.

After two years there he joined Norwich City in 2010 as the Head of Performance and Strength and Conditioning, managing the physical programme for the first team at Carrow Road.

Lorkin also joined Norwich City in 2010 as the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Academy, spending two seasons working with their youth teams from Under-9 to Under18 level, as well as assisting with the reserves and first team.

In 2012 he was appointed first team Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canaries.

Fitness coach Adrian Lamb has left the club.




Don't know how to quote on my phone but another few snapped up from his old team at Norwich.

Good to see him bolstering his own backroom team and hopefully it will help us prepare for next season.

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Helenius is a good example of an already more than useful player who would become far harder to defend against if he "bulked up" a bit. Bennett will never be a good left back, but a bit more muscle might make him a decent left wing back.


 The negative side of bulking up was demonstrated by Gabby overdoing it too quickly. It then took him a couple of seasons to trim down to his current perfect weight (imo).

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