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1415 burnley michael jolley 01 300x400Last week, Burnley received the welcome news that our academy has been granted EPPP Category 2 status but the under-23 team, playing in a new league, will have to do so without coach Michael Jolley who has now left for Sweden.

Jolley came to Burnley from Crewe in the summer of 2014. For three years the role had switched from one person to another under the then academy manager and when Simon Weatherstone returned to Bournemouth the club turned to Jolley who had previously worked with Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Lincoln.

David Artell was taken on by Crewe to replace Jolley as academy operations manager. Artell has since become manager at Gresty Road and Jolley has now also taken on his first managerial role having taken over at AFC Eskilstuna who are currently bottom of the top division in Sweden.

They are a club who might be unfamiliar given that they change their name quite often and as recently as last year were known as AFC United prior to them moving from Solna to Eskilstuna. Prior to the name change they had won two promotions in two seasons (2014 and 2016) and are now playing at the highest level for the first time.

The news initially came via Norwegian poster mikaelj on the message board last Friday evening with Eskilstuna this afternoon confirming his appointment.

He worked alongside Andy Farrell but academy manager Jon Pepper will now have to recruit a new coach to work with Farrell. Maybe that could be Ian Jones who has recently arrived from Blackburn to take up the role of academy head of coaching, a position which was vacated some months ago when Chris Sulley left the club.

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