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Kyle: Youth In Good Hands

25 January 2017

Coach Enjoying Youth Progression

A success story of recent years, Richie Kyle believes the Blackpool youth system is continuing to go from strength to strength under its current guise.

A glut of academy graduates have stepped up to the first-team over the past three seasons and that trend is showing no signs of relenting.

Kyle, who set the foundations during two season in charge of the youth team, has seen his good work continue under Ciaran Donnelly and John Murphy over the past 18 months.

With Rowan Roache and Christian N’Guessan named in match day squads this season, the production line is continuing to produce where it matters, according to Kyle.

“There’s some good players in the youth team, this year especially,” said Kyle. “We’re hoping we can push them on even more and get them some opportunities in the first-team.

“They’re training next to us and getting involved, so I’m aware of how well they’re doing as individuals."

Kyle, prior to stepping up to the first-team, enjoyed continued success in the youth set-up, winning the league and guiding the likes of Bright Osayi-Samuel and Henry Cameron into the first-team.

“We put in a lot of hard work to get it where it was in the first place, and Ciaran (Donnelly) and ‘Murphs’ (John Murphy) have continued to develop that.

“There’s a lot of hard work that goes into the youth set-up and it can only get stronger with them two at the helm.”

As for Kyle, who is now into his second season as first-team coach, he feels his relationship with Gary Bowyer is seeing him flourish in the role at Bloomfield Road.

“I’ve learnt a lot from my first year. I’ve tried to keep developing, keep learning about players, about the league, and I’ve been given more responsibility under the new manager.

“Gary Bowyer has been great to look up to, he’s a good coach himself so I’ve been picking up little bits. Hopefully there’s more to come and we can have a successful year,” he explained. 

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