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Academy Staff Changes Confirmed

John Murphy Becomes Head of Coaching, With Danny Ventre New Under-18s Coach

29 October 2018

John Murphy has been appointed Blackpool's new Head of Coaching for the Academy following a successful stint in charge of the under-18s.

Murphy, who guided the youth team to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals last season, will manage and monitor the implementation and development of the coaching programme across all phases of the academy, as well as monitor player development. 

In line with this change, Danny Ventre will move up from the role of Lead Youth Development Phase Coach to take charge of the under-18s and will be assisted by Academy Manager Warren Green. 

Ex-Pool and Lincoln City forward Lee Thorpe steps up to replace Ventre, with Alan Williams the club's new Lead Foundation Phase Coach and Kevin Mulligan joining as performance analyst. 

Academy Staff: 

Academy Manager: Warren Green
Head of Academy Coaching: John Murphy
Professional Development Phase Coach: Danny Ventre
Lead Youth Development Phase Coach:
 Lee Thorpe
Lead Foundation Phase Coach: Alan Williams
Head of Academy Player Recruitment: Ollie Perkins
Academy Performance Analyst: Kevin Mulligan

Danny Ventre's first game in charge of the under-18s takes place at Bloomfield Road this evening, as The Seasiders host Guiseley in the first round of this season's FA Youth Cup, kick-off 7.45pm.  

Admission is priced at £3 for Adults and £1 for Concessions.  

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