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Paul Jenkins named new academy director at Burnley

Paul Jenkins has been named new academy director at Burnley.

Jenkins, a highly respected UEFA Pro-Licence coach with more than two decades of experience in the professional game, will take on the role immediately, having supported the club as Technical Advisor since joining earlier this year.

The 46-year-old spent most of his career at Middlesbrough, working across the club's youth set-up and under current England manager Gareth Southgate. There he helped bring through players such as Stewart Downing, Lee Cattermole and former Burnley defender Ben Gibson, as well as winning the 2003-04 FA Youth Cup.

Jenkins said: “It is an honour to be taking on the role of Academy Director at Burnley Football Club and I look forward to working with a talented group of young players at a truly world class Academy.

“Having worked with Alan Pace and Mike Smith at ALK Capital over the last year, their vision and strategy for the long-term future of Burnley Football Club is an exciting one. It very much aligns with how I believe we can develop the Academy, its recruitment of players both nationally and internationally, and how we can use innovation and data to support current practices within our club.

“What I hope to achieve is to create a legacy of good practice for both players and staff, have a positive reputation for giving players an opportunity to maximise their potential which may take them into our first team playing in the Premier League."


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