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Kyle: Can't Wait To Get Started

3 June 2015

New First-Team Coach Excited By Role

Richie Kyle says he jumped at the chance to step up from the youth team and be part of Neil McDonald's coaching staff at Blackpool.

Kyle was promoted from his role in the youth setup to the position of first-team coach yesterday and he can't wait to get started. 

"When I got the call to see if I'd be interested I jumped at the chance. I've been at the club a good two years now and I feel like I've made an impression on the youth setup," he said.

"It's a great challenge for me now to move up to the first-team and to try my skills and attributes by coaching at first-team level. This is the next step in my career and the next step in my development, I can't wait to get started."

Kyle guided the youth team to the North West Youth Alliance title in 2014, while last season saw the emergence of a number of talents at first-team level.

Having previously worked within youth and academy football at Blackburn Rovers and Everton, he's looking forward to helping Neil McDonald turn the club's fortunes around.

"I met him yesterday, he's got some great ideas for the club and he's someone I think I'll learn a lot from," he admitted.

"I'm there to help the first-team, help stabilise the club and hopefully help to have a better season than what we've had over the past couple of seasons. Hopefully we can get some positivity around the club because that's what's needed. I'll bring some enthusiasm and a hard work ethic with the manager.

"The manager's passion for coaching and working with the players is inspiring, I get a really good vibe about his appointment because he's a man with great credentials," he added.

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