BURNLEY have appointed former Crewe Alexandra coach Michael Jolley as their new Under 21 team manager.

Jolley began his coaching career at Crystal Palace in 2003, moving on after four years to add Nottingham Forest, Falkirk and Lincoln City to his CV, and most recently Crewe.

The 37-year-old, who is one of just sixteen coaches globally to hold the FA Elite Coaches Award, is now looking forward to helping nurture future Turf Moor talent.

"I’m really excited to get started, it’s obviously a great time to be joining the club with them going towards the Premier League," he said.

“There is a lot of good work going on underneath that so I’m looking forward to it.

“Working at Crewe Alexandra, who are known for bringing through young talent under someone like Dario Gradi, is a fantastic experience for any young coach.

“I certainly learnt a lot from working there and hopefully I can apply some of the things I have learnt there here at Burnley.

“They had a good year last year but the group changes and it is a new group this that we’ve got to work with this year.

“Andy (Farrell), Jason Blake and Terry Pashley did great work last season and I’m just going to try and make a contribution to that.

“We want to do well in the competitions again but really it is about players making the transition from the U21 setup and into the first-team squad.”