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Kyle: Familiarity With Youth

21 July 2016

First-Team Coach On Player Development

Richie Kyle says a familiarity with youth at first-team level can only benefit the club's future professionals.

Kyle was Head of Coaching for Blackpool's under-18s for two years prior to his appointment as first-team coach last summer, while new manager Gary Bowyer spent several years overseeing the development of youth players at Blackburn Rovers.

"The transition will be easier when stepping up because I'm familiar with them and they're familiar with me. I sort of already know their strengths and weaknesses and it's nice to have that previous link with the academy," he told the official website.

"It's also great that the manager has that background, so he understands what it takes and what's needed to make that transition. He knows how to develop players as much as I do and we both know how important the academy is.

"Fans want to see home-grown players coming through. We don't want them to just be part of the squad, we want them to be challenging and starting."

The latest player aiming to make an impression on the team this season is right-back Macauley Wilson, who is currently partaking in his first pre-season with the squad.  

"I've known Macauley from when I first came into the club and that obviously helps," Kyle said. "There's a couple of lads who've come through the system, like Luke Higham, Henry Cameron and Bright Osayi-Samuel, that he knows so that also helps massively.

"It's been a great experience for him in pre-season, especially having spent 10 days away in Scotland with the squad. He's responding well and has put in a couple of mature performances during the pre-season games so far."

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