First team performance analyst
Date of birth
Ryan started out in professional football as an academy analyst at Swansea in 2013 and rose through the ranks to look over first team matters as head of performance analysis just a year later.
The man to promote him was manager Garry Monk, and the two worked closely as the Swans recorded their best ever finish of eighth in the top flight in 2014/15.
Needs has worked alongside Monk at Leeds, Middlesbrough and Birmingham, holding the job title of ‘head of performance analysis’ each time.
He boasts a number of football and higher education certificates and qualifications.
While starting out at Swansea, he studied for an MSc in performance analysis at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
He also has a BA in kinesiology and exercise science from Bethel University in Indiana, USA.
Needs is also the holder of a UEFA A-license, which he was awarded by the Football Association of Wales in 2016.