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Earlier today we revealed that Danny Cadamarteri had joined the academy at Burnley Football Club as youth team coach to replace Michael Duff who has stepped up to work alongside Andy Farrell with the under-23s.

1718 burnley danny cadamarteri 00 500x500He’d already made the decision to leave Sheffield Wednesday for his dream job working back at Huddersfield Town his hometown club where he played between 2007 and 2009 in a playing career that saw him play almost 400 games.

Speaking to the club today, he admitted: “It’s been a whirlwind. I had been working at Sheffield Wednesday for four years, through all the age groups from pre-academy to the under-18s and under-23s.

“I was due to go into Huddersfield and start working there after leaving Wednesday and, as it’s my hometown club, I was absolutely delighted with the fact that I was going home. But the opportunity that came here was just too good to turn down and I’ve ended up making probably one of the hardest decisions in my life in turning down a club I’ve been desperate to work at, and come to take on the challenge at a fantastic club which is prepared to give me a chance to develop myself as a coach with really good players.”

Commenting on his new environment, he added: “For a club that’s elevated from Category 3 to Category 2 status, the facilities are amazing. I’ve seen some top Category 1 facilities and this is up there with some of them. It’s an amazing complex and great facility, and the club is showing real ambition where it wants to go and where it is at this moment in time as well.”

Cadamarteri is looking forward to his new role. “I think the biggest thing for me working here at this level with the under-18s s that I’ve been that lad who has gone from that age group to get into the first team,” he said.

“I’ve enjoyed the highs but I’ve had the lows and I’m in a position to recognise when players might go off the rails or be stepping out of line, but also to nurture the talent in players to get them where they want to be.

“I’ve had that transition and the game’s changed a lot since I played, but I’ve adapted as a coach to give the kids the best possible opportunity of pushing them onto first team football.”

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