Former Derby County analyst Joaquin Gomez has continued his rapid rise in football by landing the assistant manager job at Spanish third tier side FC Cartagena.
Cartagena Actualidad says he will accompany Borja Jimenez with first team duties.
It marks another step towards becoming a number one for the Spaniard after completing his UEFA Pro coaching licence and working his way up the ladder.
Gomez had a spell at Brighton and Hove Albion as an analyst before joining Derby.
The 33-year-old arrived at Pride Park at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. He initially worked with Paul Clement, and later Darren Wassall, Nigel Pearson and Chris Powell.
Gomez was tasked with opposition and tactical analysis with the Rams.
But as an aspiring coach, Gomez opted to leave Derby to become part of Nathan Jones’s coaching staff at Luton Town while they were in League Two.
Jones told Luton’s official website at the time:
I’m delighted Joaquin has been able to join us. He’s someone I worked with at Brighton and he’s a fantastic individual coach. It’s a real coup for the club because he was well thought of at Derby. He was their head of tactical analysis, so he prepared all their opposition stuff, watched all their games and reported back to the manager.
He was a big success with the Hatters, and eventually followed Jones to Stoke City.
Gomez has now gone one step further. He had a brief spell as Finland’s U21 assistant, and after Jones’s dismissal at Stoke he now finds himself at FC Cartagena.
He has a big future, and it might not be long before he lands a number one role.