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Mullin It Over, Overson and Out!

There have been radical changes in the Youth structure at Burnley Football Club in preparation for the EPPP initiative.

Former Centre of Excellence Manager Vince Overson has now formally left Turf Moor after a period on garden leave. Overson was of course a former Burnley defender who made over 250 appearances for the club before taking on a role behind the scenes working initially on the club`s Community Scheme. In 2004 he joined the club on a permanent basis becoming Head of Youth Development before taking on the role of Centre of Excellence Manager. He was involved in the development of many young players through the Centre of Excellence, the coaching process and eventually apprenticeships. A number of the players coming under Overson`s wing also made it to through to professional contracts with the club.

It is with a sad heart therefore that we see Vince depart after such a successful career developing our young talent.

Burnley though have now handed another former player, John Mullin (pictured above) a full-time coaching role in their youth system. Mullin had been coaching part time in the club`s centre of excellence after retiring from football in 2010 following a period at Accrington Stanley. The Bury-born former defender had two spells at Burnley as a player. He started his professional career at Turf Moor and played for them between 1992-1995. Mullin also rejoined them in 1999 on a permanent basis following a loan spell from Sunderland in 1998 before leaving to sign for Rotherham United in 2001. During his career he also played for Preston (on loan from Sunderland) and Tranmere Rovers.

Mullin now 36 is currently studying for his UEFA A licence and this week it was announced he had been given a full-time role as the co-ordinator of young players between the ages five and 11

'John is someone who came through the system and is a perfect advert for what we are all about in the youth department,' said Jason Blake.

Burnley had a reshuffle in their youth set-up after the announcement of the new Elite Player Performance Plan (or EPPP) in English football, which allows Premier League clubs to take emerging players from Football League sides for a fraction of the price they would previously have paid.

Director of Youth Development, Martin Dobson left the club at the end of his contract in October and the writing was also on the wall for Vince Overson after being put on garden leave at about the same time. Jason Blake took over as the acting head of youth and more changes can be expected in the Youth Development set-up moving forward. Vital Burnley will bring you news of any further developments in due course.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 6 2012

Time: 7:19PM

Your Comments

Hope you didn't spot I had the wrong brother there for a moment!! lol Just hope the club know what they are doing! They seem to be letting go a lot of successful youth managers and coaches but we shall see. What do you think ?-Vote in the poll.
turfmanphil
Who knows? That is, who knows what's for the best in how Bfc are being forced to react to EPP? My guess is that no-one at the club can be sure about it either. Very strange days we're being asked to operate in. But you have to adapt. That said, the EPP really bothers me. As I understand it, if someone like MU or Citeh with an 'academy' came in for a young Bfc player they really wanted, we'd have to pay them more for a player they were willing to part with than they paid us for the player from us they really wanted. There's only one word for that. B*nkers.
Couch Potato
I dont really get it! Why are they changes being made? How is the new legislation making these required?
Claretdale
Prem League dictate the rules and this is what they want and if clubs below don't like it they will withdraw the cash they put into it...simples. Without the Prem league cash many div 1 and 2 clubs could not run a youth set up. It stinks but it is what it is.
VinRogue
Is the link between the new EPP rules and Bfc's personnel changes just down to the fact that Bfc have had to cut its budget to match the loss of opportunity to make any big money out of the development of young players? Or is there also some kind of new specification in place for the qualifications required of people running whatever type of youth operation we have been classified as running? Anyway, things seem to have been going well over the last few weeks, which would suggest that the young players and the remaining staff have taken the changes in their stride. My heart though goes out to Dobbo and Overson.
Couch Potato
When will a player cease to be known as a 'youth' and become known simply as a player. Jay for example was a youth, but is now clearly a full first team player. Does anyone know where this line is? I have to admit I havent read much into it.
Claretdale
Under 19's would be a simple answer to the Youth question, depending of course when your birthdate was. Certainly at 20 you are no longer a Youth team player. I think "they" have specified the level of qualifications that staff must have to run the new system of Academies too. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/nov/03/premier-league-football-league-academy http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/15381652
VinRogue
KILBY TO GO IN MAY ! WILL MAKE A FULL COMMENT WHEN FORUM GOES UP
hollinsclaret
Hollins - there is a forum already up in the Forums section of this site. I am sure TMP will add something here on the front page soon. The thing I most want to say can be very simply summed up. "Thanks for everything Barry. Take good care of yourself. It's great to know you'll still be around to help." Let's all try to make Barry's last season truly memorable.
Couch Potato
Kilby article now up
turfmanphil
 

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