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Philliskirk Earns Permanent Deal

12 April 2019

U18 Head Coach Tony Philliskirk has been given the opportunity to build on solid foundations after earning a permanent contract in Burnley’s academy.

The former Clarets striker, who was appointed on an interim deal in December, has overseen an upturn in fortunes for the youth team.

And the 54-year-old, who travels with his side to face Cardiff City in the last game of the season on Saturday, said it was an easy decision to accept a new contract.

He said: “I took the call last week asking me if I would like to make the contract permanent, which obviously had a very simple answer.

“I’ve absolutely loved it since I’ve been here, it’s been fantastic.

“After spending 20 years at Oldham Athletic, and then coming to somewhere like this with all the infrastructure, all the players and working closely with John Townson, Steve Stone and Andy Farrell has been great for me.

“I might be 54 years of age but I’m still learning every day. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far and it’s been a privilege to come here and work and I’m delighted to stay.”

Philliskirk’s side travel to Cardiff this weekend, with the youth team looking to end their season on a high, after losing just twice since the beginning of December.

One of those defeats came earlier in the week at home to QPR, in a 4-3 loss at the Barnfield Training Centre.

Cardiff, who sit second in the table - a point behind leaders Ipswich Town - are currently without a win in four games.

When the two sides met last season, the Clarets ran out 2-1 winners at City’s training ground in South Wales.

The match kicks off at 11am at the Cardiff City Academy training centre.

Report and reaction will be available post-match on the official Burnley website.



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