Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Academy revamped

Following the departure of Jim Cassell and promotion of Andy Welsh, City have made a new appointment: former player Brian Kidd, as Technical Development Manager.

He's an old friend of Hughes: he was Assistant Manager at Manchester United when Hughes was a player there in the 1990s, and I imagine that this appointment was made with much input from the manager.

Brian Marwood (Football Administration Officer for those who had forgotten) had this to say:

“Brian has vast experience at both Club and International level and will help maintain the excellent development programme we have in place at the Academy,” stressed Marwood.

“As a top class coach he was much in demand when it became clear he wasn’t going to stay at Portsmouth and we are delighted that Brian has chosen to come and work with us. I know he scored nearly 50 goals in his playing days at Maine Road and is greatly admired and respected amongst our fans."

In a week when Richard Dunne left City, it is good that some bonds between the club today and the club of previous years are being re-formed.

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