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City unveil new club doctor

  • 12 July 2011 02:50
  • Posted by David Clayton

Dr Philip Batty has been unveiled as City’s new Head of Sports Medicine.

Dr Batty has a wealth of experience in his field and joins City from his role as Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Blackburn Rovers – a position he had held since 1999.

Dr Batty was also appointed Chairman of the Premier League Doctors Association in 2007 and was also responsible for the medical care of the pupils at the prestigious Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

He has commenced his role and is in Los Angeles with the Blues as pre-season preparation plans are stepped up ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.

Dr Batty will be responsible and accountable for all aspects of medical provision and support for first team and EDS players and is already settling in well.

 

It’s been a whirlwind few days or so but I feel honoured and privileged to have been selected for this role at Manchester City.

There were a total of seven interviews and this position was highly sought after by many people being such a highly desirable job. I was absolutely thrilled when I was offered the job.

“I’m sad to leave Blackburn and my role as school doctor at Sedbergh in Cumbria, which is an excellent school and where two of my children still attend, but the whole family is excited by my new role, none more so than me.

“Now I’m just getting to know everybody I’ll be working with at the club from the physiotherapists to the sports therapists and, of course, the players and staff at Carrington.

 “I’ve spoken with Roberto Mancini and he’s been very supportive and helpful already and I look forward to working closely with him and the rest of the coaching staff as time goes on.

 “I’ll be studying players’ medical records and history closely and it goes without saying there is a huge amount of work to do, but I’ve already begun wading through.

 “The players all seem to be a delightful bunch and we have a terrific team already in place in the Medical Department and this is a very exciting project to be part of.

“I’ll be taking my place on the bench on match days as a support to the physios, but in the meantime, there is a lot of work to do and obviously pre-season is a very busy time for everyone at the club – I’m just delighted to be here.”

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