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1516 burnley turf moor 04Following the appointment of Jon Pepper last month, Burnley have now made another major appointment within the academy, bringing in Chris Sulley as head of academy coaching.

The 56-year-old has had an extensive career in football which started as a junior player in 1978 at Chelsea. Although he didn’t make a first team appearance for them, he went on to play over 400 times in league football as a left-back with Bournemouth, Dundee United, Blackburn, Port Vale and lastly Preston where he ended his playing career at Wembley in a losing play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers.

Having retired as a player in 1994 he remained at Preston as a coach within their centre of excellence, and he’s been involved in junior coaching since. He moved from Preston to Blackburn and then to Bolton where he was the club’s under-19 coach. He was with Wanderers from 1998 to 2008 before becoming director of the academy at Leedsin 2011, a role he held until 2012. Most recently he has been head of coaching for the under-5s to under-13s at Everton.

Finally, the much needed changes are being made in the academy at Burnley. Graham Lancashire went in April and Jason Blake departed in July. Up the Clarets understands that Kieran Scott, a close ally of Blake, also left last week.

Up the Clarets would like to wish Chris Sulley the very best in his new role at Turf Moor.

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