Burnley FC add to backroom staff

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Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the appointments of coach Jason Blake and scout Bryan Glover to manager Eddie Howe’s backroom staff.

Blake will work alongside Howe and assistant manager Jason Tindall with particular emphasis on working with the Clarets’ young players and reserves.

And Glover will add to Burnley’s scouting strength after spending some 15 years working in football development at West Ham United.

Blake arrives at Turf Moor following the departures of Stuart Gray and Ash Hoskin earlier this summer to bolster the Clarets’ coaching set-up.

The 34-year-old previously worked with Howe at Bournemouth and has also held youth coaching roles with Southampton and Reading.

“He’s someone I’m delighted to bring to the club,” Howe told the Clarets’ official website.

“He will bring enthusiasm and dedication to the job, so hopefully it will be the start of an exciting time for him.

“He has had the experience of running the centre of excellence at Bournemouth and he was a big part of the team down there.

“Jason’s main strengths are working with young players and developing them.

“The young professionals will be his working area and he will be hopefully developing future players for the club.”

Bournemouth have an impressive recent history of producing young players, including the likes of Sam Vokes, Brett Pitman, Josh McQoid, Rhoys Wiggins and Jayden Stockley, and Blake’s appointment sees Howe put more of his own stamp on the Clarets.

The manager, who is over-seeing his first pre-season at Turf Moor, has also recruited Glover to work in support of chief scout Tim Henderson to help unearth future talent.

Glover was previously part of the overall development of Hammers’ homegrown stars such as Michael Carrick and Joe Cole.

And his time within the Academy set-up at Upton Park coincided with the emergence of current first-teamers Jack Collison, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Freddie Sears, Junior Stanislas and Zavon Hines.

“Brian has a long history in the game and worked for a long time at West Ham,” added Howe.

“He played a huge role in bringing through many of their excellent young players.

“He was part of their successes so again we are delighted to have him on board as part of the team.

“Scouting and recruitment is an area we are working very hard to improve.

“Tim works extremely hard and to add another one to that team will benefit him and the club going forward.”