US Tour: Henry's Extra Wee Shine for Owen's Boots
Clarets World are running an interesting video on the Official Site with new coach, John Henry being interviewed about his new role and we also hear how he first knew the gaffer way back at Clydebank
Those of you signed up to Clarets World can hit this link to watch the video footage of the interview:
Henry's New Challenge
John Henry is the first of the new managerial signings to arrive at Turf Moor following the close season announcement by Coyle that he would be seeking to strengthen the coaching department in the light of our new life in the Premier League.
He arrived from Falkirk earlier this month and is now out in America for the Clarets US Tour and was interviewed out in California at the Oxnard Training Centre where the team are based.
John Henry had a dual role at Falkirk combining the positions of First Team and Under 19 team coaches.
His main role at Burnley will be to work with Steve Davis and the Reserves team and in particular help develop our first year professionals. He will also be involved is strategy training with the first team.
During his playing days he was a talented midfielder for first Clydebank (where as a trainee he first met Owen Coyle) and then SPL side Kilmarnock who he joined in August 1994 for a reported fee of £175,000.
He then joined Falkirk after a loan spell for a reported six figure transfer fee and he spent just over 3 years with the club before moving to Airdrieonians in October 2001.(Owen Coyle was a player there at the time!)
Following the demise of Airdrieonians Henry returned to Falkirk the following season for yet another three years helping them achieve SPL status.(Yep,you guessed it Coyle was a player there at the time!)
Henry left Falkirk at the end of the 2004/2005 season and had spells with St Johnstone(under manager Owen Coyle! Can you see a pattern developing?)and Queen of the South before ending his playing career at Dumbarton. In total as a player he made 434 appearances scoring 71 goals.
In the Interview John explains that the offer of a job came out of the blue, after being contacted by Owen Coyle about the potential position.
Coyle and Henry go back a fair few years and in the interview John provides a little anecdote from their past.
In the days when Henry was but a trainee at Clydebank one of the first-team players there at the time was Owen Coyle who played for the club between 1988-1990.
Even back then Owen Coyle was earning respect from his colleagues and according to Henry was always good to trainees. He says in those days he was a bootboy and because of the way he was treated by our current gaffer always used to give Coyle's boots 'an extra wee shine!'
Many thanks to Burnley FC for the use of the photograph