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Nicky Law, who was manager of Bradford City back in 2002 when they ended the game with nine men and stole a point with a late Michael Proctor goal, is joining Burnley as part of the new academy set up under Jon Pepper as the Clarets look to rebuild at that level.

Prior to management, Law played in the same Chesterfield side as current boss Sean Dyche where he also started his managerial career. He moved on to Grimsby and he is currently manager of National League North club Alfreton where he’s been since for almost ten years.

Law will move to Burnley at the start of next month as Head of National Recruitment for the under-17 to under-23 age group and told the Derbyshire Times: “The offer came in and it was to start on February 1st but I’ve been allowed to stay with Alfreton until February 4th to allow a smooth transition.”

He added: “It’s been an extremely tough decision for me, this club means a heck of a lot and I’ve been through so much, the highs and the lows. I’ve had such a great relationship with the chairman who has been a great boss and a great friend to me outside football.

“I had a three hour conversation with Wayne (the chairman) explaining the situation and the offer from this club and in honesty I needed to think about the next ten years and where I want to be. Being able to move to a club like Burnley and deal with national recruitment for young players and in turn develop young players was a great challenge for me and one I wanted to take on.”

On the Alfreton website, they have written: “All at Alfreton Town wish Nicky the very best in his next challenge and we thank you for everything you have done for the Reds.

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