Chris Sulley has been appointed as Burnley Football Club Academy’s new Head of Coaching.
Sulley joins the Clarets after ending a spell in a senior coaching position within Everton’s Academy, and comes with an impressive CV which also includes time as Academy Manager at Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers.
The former defender, whose playing career extended to almost 500 senior games with Bournemouth, Blackburn Rovers, Port Vale and Preston, also coached in the youth set-ups at Preston and Blackburn after ending his playing career.
At Turf Moor, the 56-year-old will be responsible for overseeing the football coaching programme from under-23 level down to under nine and pre-academy.
It will be his job to ensure that the same philosophy on developing players is applied across the age groups and at every stage of a player’s development as Burnley look to foster first-team players of the future.
“I thought this was a good chance to come in and help Burnley grow something, which, although it is in a different capacity from when I was Academy manager at Bolton, seems very similar,” said Sulley, who helped develop the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey O’Brien and Ricardo Vaz Te during his time working at Bolton.
“It’s very much at the start of a journey to get better and I feel as though I’ve got a lot to offer to help that.
“Traditionally, the North West has produced talented footballers. Burnley used to. It’s been through some tough times but there’s no reason why we can’t get back to producing quality players for the Premier League.”