Club have appointed new youth team managementFleetwood Town have appointed Nathan Rooney and Daniel Gregson as the Club’s new youth team coaches, who are currently out in Vienna, with Barry Nicholson and his development group preparing for the season ahead.
The pair replace Craig Madden and Mark Bowley who left their positions with the Cod Army at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Director of Football Stuart Murdoch whose role will now include leading the academy said: “We’ve lost our three youth team stalwarts who have been with us for some time.
“We’ve gone through a very exhaustive process to make sure we go for the right people. We had a large number of applicants with great quality.
“We just felt at this stage with the way the club is developing and the way we want it to go forward, we will benefit from the qualities these new appointments bring.
“We’ve perhaps gone for people who are somewhat untried and tested at this level, but they bring with it the different sort of qualities we need at this time.
“Coaching has changed along the years and we’ve got to move along with that. That’s not to say all that went before should be disregarded as there was a lot to take from the previous regime.
“We’ve now achieved our academy status and want to progress from there, so I think it’s a good opportunity for these young men to learn the job in a new environment.
“For the youth players who have already been here a year, in a way it’s a fresh start for them to identify themselves to the new coaches.
“For the first year intake it’s fresh for them anyway, as it is for the coaches so they will all be moving forward together.
“Thanks to the chairman we will soon all be housed in our new training ground, and it’s important as a Club we grasp this fresh opportunity to move forward and be successful.”
Meanwhile the Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to academy manager Steve Carlin who leaves the Club on 23rd July after many years of working in the youth department.
Steve is looking to further his career in his preferred coaching route, moving away from the administration side of football academy business.
The Club wish him well with his future endeavours.