Football Clubs Change The Way They Scout For Future Stars

Clarets Launch Global Talent Search Via Mobile Phone Application

Burnley Football Club think they have found the answer to searching for global talent by asking youngsters from around the world to trial for the club’s academy using a mobile phone application. Footballers aged over fourteen can film themselves performing specific drills and then upload them to the application, which uses artificial intelligence technology to analyse, rate and compare players.

Burnley, who have been taken over by American investment group ALK Capital last month will invite “exceptional” youngsters identified by scouts from the app to formal academy trials later this year. The app analyses “technical, athletic, cognitive and psychometric ability”and has already helped its first fully fledged professional player. Ben Greenwood had trials at four Premier League clubs before signing for Sky Bet Championship side AFC Bournemouth and has since played for the Republic of Ireland Under-18s.

Speaking about the introduction of the new system chairman Alan Pace said, “This is the first opportunity for us to introduce new data-led technologies into the football club and promote Burnley to the wider football world by giving aspirational young players an opportunity, via the AiScout application. As the pandemic is currently leading to a suspension of youth football in Lancashire and across the UK, this trial represents an open and inclusive opportunity for football players to complete a set of drills in their own environment that could end with them being scouted by a Premier League club.”

The founder and chief executive of the application Darren Peries came up with the idea after his son was released by Tottenham Hotspur. He was surprised when scouts approached him for online clips of his son playing football and that got him thinking.

The application takes what happens in a six to eight-week trial, such as the drills, athletic tests and puts those into the application making them accessible to millions of people though a phone rather than the lucky few who get scouted. It allows the scouts to get a good view of the player.”

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Clarets Increase Interest In Everton Defender

Jonjoe Kenny Looking to Leave Goodison Park

Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny could be on the move in the January transfer window with Burnley interested in taking the defender to Turf Moor. The Clarets are looking to make a move for Kenny but, so far, there have been no talks between the two clubs.

Jonjoe Kenny was an unused substitute for Everton during the 2-1 win at Wolves last night amid growing uncertainty over his Goodison future. The 23-year-old was part of the Blues’ matchday squad for only the ninth time in the league this season and could be on the move this month. Kenny, was hoping his season on loan at Bundesliga outfit Schalke would put him in a position to challenge Seamus Coleman for Everton’s right-back slot.

However the Academy product has made only one start in the league, with Carlo Ancelotti preferring Mason Holgate in that position of late. The Italian also favoured Alex Iwobi at right-wing back when he changed Everton’s formation to a 3-4-3 before Christmas. It’s believed Everton to be putting together a fresh list of potential right-back targets for the summer as they try and find the long-term heir to Coleman’s throne

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Former Clarets Full-Back Joins Wigan Athletic

Tendayi Darikwa Arrives At DW Stadium From Nottingham Forest

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of former Clarets right-back Tendayi Darikwa on a short-term contract until the end of the season, subject to the English Football League approval. Darikwa arrives at the DW Stadium following a spell with Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship where he played over 50 league games.

The Zimbabwe international spent the majority of the 2019-20 season on the side-lines due to injury, but returned to be involved in the Nottingham Forest squad towards the end of the campaign. Yet to feature for Forest’s first team this term, Darikwa featured twice for Zimbabwe in their African Cup of Nations qualification campaign in November and has maintained his match fitness with Forest’s U23 side.

Darikwa began his career at Chesterfield, working with Paul Cook and Leam Richardson in Derbyshire during a successful period in which the Spireites won the Sky Bet League Two title in 2014 and finished in the play-off places of Sky Bet League One within a year. After winning Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season, Darikwa attracted interest from the Premier League and Championship, with Burnley winning the race for his services that summer.

Darikwa featured 21 times as Burnley won the Sky Bet Championship as the Clarets won promotion to the Premier League in 2016, though after a further year at Turf Moor he moved to Nottingham Forest. Having made 63 appearances for Forest, he now joins Wigan Athletic to help his former assistant manager Richardson and ex-Chesterfield teammate Dan Gardner to secure Latics’ Sky Bet League One status. Darikwa is a former teammate of a number of ex-Latics, including Samy Morsy, Gary Roberts, Danny Fox, Kieran Dowell, David Jones, Ben Watson, Richard O’Donnell and Matt Gilks.

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Clarets Sign Former Brighton Hove Albion Youngster

Clarets Sign Midfielder Benn Ward

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon comfirmed the signing of seventeen year old midfielder Benn Ward from Hasting United. The first year scholar came up to Burnley for a trial in November 2020 after being spotted by academy recruitment Nicky Law. After impressing the coaching staff on and off the pitch. Ward, has played first team football for Hastings United was invited back to Turf Moor to put pen-to-paper on a Clarets contract.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion youngster, who operates in central-midfield will link-up with Tony Philliskirk’s U18 side originally. After signing his Clarets contract Benn Ward said, “I am buzzing to be back up here, the players, staff, coaches, everyone has been great with me. The facilities here are great the stadium and the training ground, it’s amazing and I can’t wait to get going now. I just want to hopefully progress here and do well for the club and see where that takes me here.”

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Former Clarets Defender Appointed Motherwell Boss

Graham Alexander Is New Manager of Motherwell Football Club

Graham Alexander has been appointed the twenty-fifth manager of Motherwell Football Club after succeeding Stephen Robinson. The former Scotland International and captain of both Preston North End and Burnley, arrives with 363 games of managerial experience at Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United and Salford City.

He will be joined by his long-term assistant Chris Lucketti, himself a former captain of Huddersfield Town who made over 600 career appearances, who will work alongside current assistant Keith Lasley. Speaking about being named Motherwell manager Graham Alexander said, “I am delighted to have been handed this role at a great club, people will get to understand the hard work I put in, along with my staff and players. I have always brought that to every club, as a player and a manager. It’s something different and something I am really excited about, I have been a manager now for seven to eight years and had success with the three clubs I’ve been involved with. But this is out of my comfort zone. I’m someone who is up for a challenge and I will get that here.

I spoke to Stephen Robinson, as we played together at Preston North End and he said nothing but good things. That together with what I heard from the board meant it was a challenge I wanted to take on. The obvious first objective is to win on Saturday, this is a team which is underperforming but there is talent at the club. We are in a month where we can also make additions, but there is no way I see this current group should be where they are. I believe in producing young talent and I’ve always given the young players a chance. The board have made clear what they see as success for Motherwell and I want to exceed those expectations. My role is a manager is to get the whole club working together and pulling in the same direction and that work starts straight away.”

Graham Alexandra is one of only a few players to make over 1,000 appearances for four clubs, he started his playing career with Scunthorpe United, before moving onto Luton Town, Preston North End and Burnley, before returning to Deepdale to end his career back at Preston North End. The 863 league appearances he made across a twenty-four year career ranks him fourth in the all-time list of football league games played. Although born in England, his international commitment was to Scotland through his father. His call would come in 2002 in a friendly against Nigeria at the age of thirty, which kicked off a Scotland career which would bring forty full International caps.

After a brief spell as caretaker manager at Preston North End in the 2011/12 season, his first permanent managerial appointment would come at Fleetwood Town in December 2012. A near-three year spell saw him lead the club from Sky Bet League Two through the play-offs .A return to his first club Scunthorpe United would follow in March 2016, spending two years at Glanford Park and leading them to the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final, where they would lose to Millwall. The call from ambitious National League side Salford City came in May 2018, winning promotion to the Football League through the play-offs. The curtailment of the 2019/20 campaign due to the Covid-19 outbreak would end back-to-back promotion hopes and also halt an appearance in the final of the English Football League Trophy.

Motherwell Chairman Jim McMahon said, “We are delighted to have chosen Graham to be our next manager, the calibre of candidates for the role was high, as were the qualities shown by those we interviewed. But Graham has demonstated to us he is the man to take us forward. He fits the profile of what we expect a Motherwell manager to be. He is dynamic, he is hungry and he will lead from the front and shares in our belief of developing talent. He also has a track record of success, leading clubs to promotions and cup finals.”

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Former Clarets Defender Set to Face Tottenham In FA Cup

Clitheroe FC Manager & Former Claret Released to Face Tottenham In Cup

Former Clarets defender David Lynch is set to face Tottenham in the FA Cup (3rd Round) this weekend after an approach from fellow non-league Marine was agreed by the board members of Clitheroe Football Club. Lynch who is the current manager at Shawbridge will be released from his player/manager registration for a period of 14 days to allow him to be involved with Marine in their FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Whilst acknowledging that such a move is probably without precedent, the Board took into account the fact that it is unlikely that the Clitheroe squad will be able to train or play for the foreseeable future. It has no impact on David’s role as manager of Clitheroe Football Club and we have an excellent relationship as a club with Marine. The manager Neil Young has worked in the recent past with David Lynch and our Director of Football, Carl Garner.

This is a tremendous opportunity for David Lynch personally and the board knows that he will acquit himself and represent the club in the correct professional manner. Finally, as a league, we are very proud of the showcase that Marine Football Club can now provide to a wider audience of the quality of football at this level and we are very happy to play a small part in the FA Cup this weekend.

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Former Clarets Linked To Sheffield Wednesday Managers Job

Joey Barton & Paul Cook Linked to Owls Managers Post

Sheffield Wednesday are on the lookout for a new boss after parting ways with Tony Pulis late last month, with owner Dejphon Chansiri promising a thorough process maintaining that he will consider both foreign and domestic options. A host of names have been linked with the top spot including current bookies favourite former Burnley, Manchester City and England midfielder Joey Barton.

A source close to Joey Barton revealed that whilst Sheffield Wednesday are yet to make any approach to Barton about their vacant manager’s role, it’s an approach the former Fleetwood Town boss would welcome. After leaving the Sky Bet League One club earlier this week after two-and-a-half years as manager, he is in no immediate rush to jump straight back into football management and is considering undertaking further coaching qualifications as well as broadening his learning at some of his former clubs.

However the size and potential of Sheffield Wednesday would make for a very attractive proposition for the ambitious young manager, Barton left Fleetwood Town after guiding the club into the Sky Bet League One play-offs last season. The Owls are currently looking to whittle down the candidates, which also includes another former Clarets midfielder in former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook as well as German Thorsten Fink.

They have welcomed a host of applications for the role from all over the world. Speaking to the media in a press conference last week owner Dejphon Chansiri said, “After I sacked Tony Pulis last week many offers came in but I can only choose one, I need to make sure it is the right one this time and we are still working to ensure we make the right decision this time as soon as possible. My people need to help me make a shortlist and then we’ll look at it, before starting the interviews. I need to choose the one that fits to our club, it doesn’t matter whether it is an English or foreign coach but it must be the best one.”

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Former Clarets Midfielder Leaves Fleetwood Town

Joey Barton Dismissed by Fleetwood Town

Former Clarets midfielder Joey Barton has been dismissed by Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town with immediate effect after nearly three years with the club. Having initially been appointed in April 2018, he led the Cod Army to last season’s League One play-offs. Barton, leaves Fleetwood with the club in 10th position in the table, just three points off the play-off places.

Speaking this afternoon Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley said “We would like to thank Joey for his work during his time and wish him success in the future. It was a tough one for me to make, but I felt now was the right time for the club to go in a different direction.”

The former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Burnley midfielder officially joined Fleetwood Town in his first managerial role in June 2018, the day after a ban for betting on matches started. Barton’s first season at the club was marked by controversy after an alleged clash with former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel following a League One match at Oakwell Stadium.

Stendel, who won promotion with Barnsley that season was said to have suffered damage to a tooth following the incident which occurred following Barnsley’s 4-2 victory in April 2019. Barton, whose playing career also included an England cap against Spain in 2007 was due to stand trial last summer having earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. However the case postponed until June 2021 due to coronavirus.

Fleetwood Town’s match against Ipswich Town which was scheduled for Monday evening as well as their trip to Sunderland on Saturday have been called off, due to several positive coronavirus cases at the club. Prior to the postponements, Barton had overseen a four-game unbeaten run although Fleetwood Town have only won one of their past seven league matches.

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Burnley Back In Market For Town Midfielder Lewis O’Brien

Sean Dyche Looking to Increase His Midfield Option With Lewis O’Brien

Reports on Yorkshire Live suggest that Burnley Football Club are targeting midfielder Lewis O’Brien, one of Huddersfield Town’s star performers who has been linked with a move away from the club. This isn’t the first time the Clarets have been linked with the midfielder in August there were rumblings of a similar move, but nothing materialised.

The added intrigue this time around however is that the Clarets are fresh from a takeover by new owners, ALK Capital have said that funds will be made available to Clarets’ chief Sean Dyche. New chairman Alan Pace recently said, “There are going to be a few things that surprise people we think it’s very different to what has gone before.”

O’Brien would fit in with Burnley’s previous model of attracting Championship players but whether he is a concrete target for Sean Dyche remains to be seen. Huddersfield Town would be loathe to lose one of their star assets. He would certainly command a big transfer fee, given his importance to the side and the fact he is under contract with Carlos Corberán’s side until the summer of 2022, his deal also has the option of an extra year.

Corberan is clearly a big fan of O’Brien, who scooped the club’s player of the year award last term. Speaking in November, Corberan said, “He is a special kind of player in terms of the effort he’s able to put in every day. He is special because of the humility that he has. We’re happy to have him because he’s one of the most important players here.”

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Clarets Chasing Rams Rising Star

Jason Knight Is A Clarets January Transfer Target

Burnley Football Club are reportedly chasing impressive Derby County teenager Jason Knight, according to reports in nation newspapers the Clarets are eyeing Jason Knight as a potential target with the club’s new owners keen on signing some rising stars. He has been an ever present in the Rams side during 2020, proving an important figure in the midfield over the last two seasons.

ALK Capital completed the takeover of the Premier League club late last month, bringing in Alan Pace as the clubs new Chairman who has already agreed to support the Clarets boss Sean Dyche in the January transfer window. However reports suggest that manager Wayne Rooney will be looking for around £20 million before he can leave Pride Park.

Having joined Derby’s academy system from Irish club Cabinteely in 2017, the versatile teenager also earned his international debut this year and has gone on to make three appearances for the Republic of Ireland so far. Knight has been used across the midfield and sometimes further forward on the flanks by boss Wayne Rooney and seems to be someone the former England captain has a huge amount of faith in.

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