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Two former Burnley players, who played for the club almost thirty years apart, have been appointed to new roles at Premier League clubs Manchester United and Bournemouth in the last two days.

1314 burnley brian stock 00 300x300It’s all been about Manchester United this week following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and yesterday Micky Phelan returned to the club as first team coach along with the appointment of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Phelan played for United and was there in a coaching capacity for a number of years, eventually becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant. He left with the appointment of David Moyes in 2013 and went on to work for both Norwich and Hull where he became manager during the first half of the 2016/17 season.

He’s most recently been involved with Australian club Gold Coast Mariners but will now work for the new manager at Old Trafford.

And today, Brian Stock (pictured) has returned to Bournemouth where he started his playing career. He left almost 13 years ago to move to Preston before eventually playing for Doncaster and then Burnley and he was with us for two years from the summer of 2012 until the end of the 2013/14 season.

He’s since played for Havant & Waterlooville and was in the starting eleven for their last league game, a 2-1 home win against Braintree in the National League but he’s decided to hang up his boots and take on the role of under-14 lead coach at Bournemouth who are managed by his old team mate Eddie Howe, the manager who brought him to Burnley six and a half years ago.

Stock, who will celebrate his 37th birthday on Christmas Eve, said: “Calling time on my footballing career was a very tough decision, however with this opportunity at the club where I started my journey and a club so close to my heart made it an easy one. I’m looking forward to working with all the academy staff and players at AFC Bournemouth and am excited at starting a new chapter in my career.”

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