Bristol City bring in Michael McBride as new first-team physio
BRISTOL City manager Derek McInnes has taken his latest step in an extensive backroom shake-up at Ashton Gate.
Since he moved south of the border from Scottish Premier League club St Johnstone last October, McInnes has set about replacing a number of those staff he inherited with his own people.
And the process of change gathered further pace at the weekend with the arrival of new first-team physiotherapist Michael McBride from League One Coventry City. The two clubs have agreed terms and Coventry have dropped demands for a fee and compensation.
McBride is set to replace long-serving head physiotherapist Nick Dawe, who is discussing the terms of a severance package.
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A member of Craig Levein’s Scotland set-up, McBride comes highly recommended.
Now 38, Scottish-born McBride graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1993 with a BSc (Distinction) in physiotherapy. He initially worked in the NHS in Scotland, while working part-time in sport.
In 2001, he obtained an MSc in sports medicine from the University of Glasgow, since when he has worked for Coventry City and the Scotland national team.
Dawe is the latest in a series of backroom staff to depart Ashton Gate this year and he follows goalkeeping coach Stuart Naylor and under-21 coach Gary Owers out of the door.
McInnes, pictured, brought in former Aston Villa and England star Nigel Spink to work with his goalkeepers towards the end of last season and recently appointed Willy McStay to head up the club’s academy set-up.
McBride admitted his decision to leave Coventry after nine years was influenced by the Midlands club’s relegation to League One at the end of last season.
He said: “I was fortunate enough because Bristol approached Coventry for my services, which is always nice to hear. It is important for me to stay at Championship level because there is an international break in the Championship and there isn’t in League One, so that was a big factor for me.
“I was in America with Scotland in the summer for my 80th international game and I really enjoy doing that as well as my club stuff.
“Working in the Championship was what I wanted to continue doing. I think Coventry were looking for a bit of money, but we’ve managed to get it done as a free transfer.”
Meanwhile, City continue to monitor Coventry skipper and centre-back Richard Keogh.
City have already had a bid turned down by the Sky Blues, who are hoping to persuade the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international to sign a contract extension.
Coventry have offered Keogh more money and built in a clause allowing him to leave should a club from a higher division come in for him at the end of next season.
Sky Blues boss Andy Thorn wants his captain to stay and lead the team back to the Championship, but Keogh is keeping his options open. Now that Coventry’s transfer embargo has been lifted, the former Bristol City defender will wait and see whether Thorn is able to strengthen a squad that has been hit by defections before deciding where his future lies.
Cardiff City have also shown interest in Keogh and a fee of around £500,000 could be enough to persuade the Sky Blues to sell.