Oxford United are pleased to welcome Chris Short as the club’s new Head of Sports Science.
Chris enjoyed a distinguished playing career with Manchester United, Notts County, Sheffield United, Stoke City and Scarborough before turning to strength and conditioning after his career ended early due to a circulation issue. That sparked an initial interest in sports science and since then he has worked as a strength and conditioning coach, sports massage therapist and fitness coach with Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Leicester City, Sheffield United, Leeds United, Bradford City and most recently Blackpool, who he leaves to join the U’s.
He told us:
“I’m really excited to be joining Oxford. I played with Shaun Derry many years ago and worked with Derek Fazackerley at Leicester so I know they are both great men. I haven’t worked with Karl before but people talk very highly of him as well and when I came in and met him I could see a club with huge potential and great plans for the future. Scott Daly has done an excellent job so I am coming in to a club where sports science is already at a very high level, and I look forward to working with everyone to keep that progress going.”
Karl Robinson said:
“Chris is an outstanding appointment and I want to thank Tiger and Niall McWilliams for the work behind the scenes that has allowed us to bring in such a well-respected, experienced person as Chris. He has worked with some of the players before and settled straight in to his work this morning. We look forward to working with him and all playing a part in the continued success of Oxford United.”
See a first interview in iFollow.