Former England U21 striker Danny Cadamarteri has joined Burnley Football Club as the new U18s Professional Development Phase Coach.
Cadamarteri, 37, replaces Michael Duff, who has stepped up after one season of coaching the U18s to become new U23s head coach.
The former Everton, Bradford City and Huddersfield Town striker had been set to join Huddersfield after leaving a coaching post at Sheffield Wednesday, but has opted instead to fill the vacancy at Turf Moor.
He said: “It’s been a whirlwind. I had been working at Sheffield Wednesday for four years, through all the age groups from pre-Academy to the U18s and U23s.
“I was due to go into Huddersfield and start working there after leaving Wednesday and, as it’s my hometown club, I was absolutely delighted with the fact that I was going home.
“But the opportunity that came here was just too good to turn down and I’ve ended up making probably one of the hardest decisions in my life, in turning down a club I’ve been desperate to work at and come and to take on the challenge at a fantastic club, which is prepared to give me a chance to develop myself as a coach with really good players.
“For a club that’s elevated from Category 3 to Category 2 status, the facilities are amazing.
“I’ve seen some top Category 1 facilities and this is up there with some of them. It’s an amazing complex and great facility and the club is showing real ambition where it wants to go and where it’s at this moment in time as well.”
Cadamarteri turned to coaching towards the end of his playing career, before gaining valuable experience with Everton - the club that started his playing career - and ultimately being appointed at Sheffield Wednesday.
He explained: “I started coaching six years ago while I was playing at Carlisle and I’ve done a little bit at Everton, working in the pre-Academy and foundation, just getting some experience.
“I also did a little bit of coaching at Huddersfield in the Academy again before I went for a coaching role at Sheffield Wednesday. There, I worked through all the age groups at the younger end, did my education and worked through my badges there.
“I think the biggest thing for me working here at this level with the U18s is that I’ve been that lad who has gone from that age group to get into the first team.
“I’ve enjoyed the highs but I’ve had the lows and I’m in a position to recognise when players might go off the rails or be stepping out of line, but also to nurture the talent in players to get them where they want to be.
“I’ve had that transition and the game’s changed a lot since I played, but I’ve adapted as a coach to give the kids the best possible opportunity of pushing them onto first team football.”