Date: 5th July 2017 at 2:47pm
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Burnley have confirmed several changes to the U18, U23 and Academy coaching set ups this week.

On Tuesday, it was announced Burnley legend Michael Duff had taken another step up the ladder at Turf Moor as he was confirmed as boss of the U23 side. The former Clarets defender has replaced Michael Jolley after he left for Swedish club AFC Eskilstuna.

Duff, who retired last summer, was in charge of the U18 side last season but will now take charge of the U23 side as we compete in the Professional Development League for the first time having been granted the necessary appropriate academy status.

He said: ‘It was a bit of a shock with Mike leaving to go and take a job in Sweden, so there was an opportunity to step up which the club have asked me to do and I`m happy to do. It`s a nice progression into a new career and it probably happened a little bit quicker than I expected, but it`s a career path I want to take and I eventually want to end up managing, but I`m in a good place at the minute.’

Adding: ‘I`m learning from a good manager, with the new category status at the Academy and going into the better games programme, playing against better players rather than just friendlies all the time. And there`s obviously some of the lads who I worked with last year moving up, so the continuity is good.’

Joining the U18 set up, in fact joining the coaching staff at Burnley, is former forward Danny Cadamarteri.

The ex-Everton, Bradford, Huddersfield and England U21 footballer replaced Duff to become the new U18 Professional Development Phase Coach. Cadamarteri, 37, left a position at Sheffield Wednesday, which was expected to see him return to the Terriers, until his a move to his hometown club brought about this Clarets appointment.

Cadamarteri told the Official Website: ‘It`s been a whirlwind. I had been working at Sheffield Wednesday for four years, through all the age groups from pre-Academy to the U18s and U23s. I was due to go into Huddersfield and start working there after leaving Wednesday and, as it`s my hometown club, I was absolutely delighted with the fact that I was going home. But the opportunity that came here was just too good to turn down and I`ve ended up making probably one of the hardest decisions in my life, in turning down a club I`ve been desperate to work at and come and to take on the challenge at a fantastic club, which is prepared to give me a chance to develop myself as a coach with really good players.’

Academy positions have also been filled as the appointments of Ian Jones and Jack Higgins were confirmed today.

Jones, who arrives from rivals Blackburn where he had been an age group coach for more than 10 years, has become Head of Coaching of the Development Squad. Higgins is the Head of Education.

Meanwhile, Ntumba Massanka has returned to Wrexham for another loan. Having scored his first professional goal last season during a temporary spell at the Racecourse Ground, the forward has returned to the National League side until January.

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