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Kyle Relishing Bowyer Link Up

13 July 2016

First-Team Coach Praises Manager

Richie Kyle is excited to be working under the tutelage of Gary Bowyer again, as the pair look to rekindle Blackpool's fortunes on the pitch.

The Seasiders' first-team coach was part of Blackburn Rovers' Academy setup back in 2004 when the manager was appointed to oversee youth team matters.  

Now reunited at Bloomfield Road, Kyle is delighted to further his education alongside the man he considers to be one of the best coaches in the game. 

"We always kept in touch throughout the years and he's always picked up the phone to see how my career is progressing as the years have gone on." Kyle revealed.

"As happens in football, you come across each other again and it does help having that relationship because there's a trust and a respect. I learnt a lot off Gary when I was a young coach and I'm sure I'll learn a hell of a lot more this season.

"I enjoy working with him, he's an outstanding coach and one of the best in the game from what I've seen. I can only benefit from that and we've both now got to work our hardest to get this club back to where it belongs. I'm sure with the work ethic that we both share, we'll do that."

Brought to Blackpool by Paul Ince three years ago, the club's previous Head of Coaching has a relentless determination to succeed in football and recently acquired his UEFA Pro Licence.

Just turned 32, he is now one of the youngest English coaches in the game to hold the qualification after making an early transition from teaching to full-time coaching.  

"I've studied hard and it's taken me 10 years to get to where I want to be," said Kyle, who guided Blackpool's youth team to the North West Youth Alliance title in 2014. "My aim was always to get the top qualifications, not just in this country but in Europe, at a young age because I'm determined to be the best I can be.

"I'm now at the stage where I've got my Pro Licence and I'm coaching at first-team level, but that won't stop me from learning and taking other qualifications to upskill my knowledge. I want to be part of some success now by working with Gary to get Blackpool back up again."

Open to new methods of coaching, former World Cup winning rugby union coach Brian Ashton is one of many successful sporting personalities he has already gained an insight from. 

"You've got to learn from other industries and try and gather as much information as possible," he insisted. "I try and utilise the knowledge I've picked up from other sports because you've got to be innovative in the game that you're in. Hopefully I can put that to good use here at Blackpool."

Speaking from the club's current pre-season training base in Scotland, the Liverpudlian is a week in to a 10-day trip that he feels has been wholly beneficial for the club's 2016/17 preparations. 

"We've been doing double sessions on a daily basis, and sometimes triple sessions with some evening work in a classroom. We've increased the work load and intensity but the lads have responded well to what we're trying to do.  

"The time away has been ideal, especially with us getting some of our business done early. There's some new faces in the squad and it's important that everyone bonds as a team and develops a strong team spirit." 

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