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Michael Duff to take charge of Burnley Under-23s side

Michael Duff has been named as the new head coach of Burnley's Under-23s.

The former Clarets defender took his first coaching post with the Premier League side's Under-18s last season and the 39-year-old will now lead an older age group at Turf Moor.

That position was open after Michael Jolley left last month to take charge of Swedish top-flight club Eskilstuna.

Duff, who began his playing career in non-league football and went on to represent Northern Ireland, only retired in 2016 after 12 years as a Burnley player.

"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," Duff said.

"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.

"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."

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