Burnley appoint Michael Jolley as Under-21 manager | Barclays Under-21 Premier League

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Tuesday 08 July 2014

Burnley appoint Jolley as Under-21 manager

Former Crewe Alexandra Academy coach takes the Under-21 reins at Turf Moor

  • Michael Jolley has previously worked at Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Crewe

Michael Jolley says he is looking forward to developing the next crop of young players at Burnley after being named as the club’s Under-21 manager at Turf Moor.

The 37-year-old, one of only 16 coaches globally to hold the inaugural FA Elite Coaches' Award, joins the promoted Barclays Premier League club after two years at Crewe Alexandra.

He will work under Academy manager Jason Blake at the Clarets.

"I'm really excited to get started, it's obviously a great time to be joining the club with them going towards the Premier League," he told www.burnleyfootballclub.com. "There is a lot of good work going on underneath that so I'm looking forward to it.

"Michael is at the forefront on coaching methodologies and teaching practices"
Jason Blake

"Working at Crewe Alexandra, who are notorious for bringing through young talent under someone like Dario Gradi, is a fantastic experience for any young coach.

"I certainly learnt a lot from working there and hopefully I can apply some of the things I have learnt there here at Burnley. They had a good year last year but the group changes and it is a new group this that we’ve got to work with this year.

"Andy [Farrell], Jason Blake and Terry Pashley did great work last season and I'm just going to try and make a contribution to that. We want to do well in the competitions again but really it is about players making the transition from the U21 set-up and into the first-team squad."

Jolley started his career at Crystal Palace in 2003, spending four years with the Eagles, before working at Nottingham Forest, Falkirk and Lincoln City.

He has been high performance football coach at the University of Sterling while he was also appointed head coach of the Scotland Universities team.

"During the interview process Michael delivered a professional and very inspiring vision for the Under-21 age group, presenting a meticulous strategy for bridging the gap into the first-team squad," said Blake. "Having passed the inaugural FA Elite Coaches Award, Michael is at the forefront on coaching methodologies and teaching practices.

"Michael's experience will also be shared with the Academy coaches, where he will assist in the ongoing development and delivery of an internal Academy Coach Education Programme."

Burnley's Under-21s had an impressive season in 2013/14, catching the eye with a run to the semi-finals of the Under-21 Premier League Cup. They were denied a place in the final when they lost 3-2 to Manchester City.

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