COVENTRY City have announced the appointment of Dr Claire-Marie Roberts as performance director in a newly-created role at the club.
Dr Roberts arrives from nearly a decade at the Premier League where she led strategic change in football development.
She is a former international swimmer who played women’s football for Swindon Town Ladies and latterly Aston Villa Ladies FC.
Dr Roberts is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, author, non-executive board director and trustee.
Prior to her role at the Premier League, she worked for the British Olympic Association across three Olympic and Paralympic cycles and held roles in a number of men’s and women’s football clubs and academic positions at UK Universities.
She brings a wealth of experience in high-performance sport to Coventry and will ensure the highest standards in all aspects of performance and preparation for elite football are delivered sustainably across the whole club.
Dr Roberts will work in unison with the senior football management team and report to the executive chairman.
She will take up her position in early 2024.