Norwich City confirm raft of youth academy appointments, including Gregg Broughton as academy manager
19:00 14 July 2014
Norwich City have confirmed a raft of appointments for the club’s youth academy – following the elevation of Neil Adams, Ricky Martin and Mark Robson to first-team duties earlier this summer.
Jerry Gill, who took over as Under-21s manager when Adams was appointed as caretaker first-team manager towards the end of last season, taking Robson with him as first-team coach, will take on the role permanently and assumes the role of professional development phase lead coach,
Gregg Broughton succeeds Martin as academy manager, stepping up from his role as the academy’s head of recruitment following Martin’s appointment as technical director on the club’s football board, alongside Adams, chief executive David McNally and newly appointed chief of scouting and recruitment Barry Simmonds.
Gill will be assisted by Dmitri Halajko, who rejoins the club as professional development coach after a short spell with the Football Association.
Former Reading captain Graeme Murty also joins from Southampton as youth development phase lead coach, taking control of City’s Under-16s.
City legend Darren Huckerby, who is this week studying for his UEFA A Licence at the FA’s St George’s Park headquarters, will work alongside Murty with the club’s under-16s and David Coyle with the under-15s.
Chief executive David McNally told his club’s website: “We’re delighted to confirm the promotion of Gregg Broughton to lead our academy through the next exciting and critical phase in its development.
“Gregg will be ably assisted by Jerry Gill, Dmitri Halajko and Graeme Murty in their key roles and everyone at the club looks forward to working hard with them to ensure the Academy builds on the major strides it has taken in recent years.”
The appointments follow hot on the heels of another appointment earlier in the day, of former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeping coach Tony Parks.
Broughton held the position of academy manager during a six-year spell at Luton Town prior to linking up with the Canaries.
He added: “I feel incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity. We want to continue with the progress that has been made, and to keep moving forward. I don’t think changes are needed, I just think we need to keep progressing.
“We have a group of boys on the fringes of the first team now, but we have to ensure that isn’t a one-off and that we have a consistent group coming through over the next five to 10 years.
“That’s the only thing that matters and that’s ultimately what the academy and I will be judged on.”
Former Birmingham City full-back Gill take over the reins of the Canaries’ Under-18s from Adams on a permanent basis.
“It’s something I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into,” Gill said, speaking to www.canaries.co.uk.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my spell with the Under-21s and having the responsibility of running the team, and that’s what I’m going to have in my new role with the Under-18s.
“I’m excited to be working with the group, developing myself with them too and moving along. I’m really thankful that I’ve been given this opportunity by the club.”
Norwich city have confirmed their 2014-15 academy staff as follows:
Academy Manager – Gregg Broughton
Head of Coaching - Paul Nevin
Senior Professional Development Coach - TBC
Professional Development Phase Lead Coach – Jerry Gill
Professional Development Coach – Dmitri Halajko
Youth Development Phase (15-16) Lead Coach – Graeme Murty
Youth Development Phase (13-14) Lead Coach & Support Staff for Education – Jimmy Unwin
Foundation Phase Lead Coach (9-12) - Matthew Wright
Lead Goalkeeping Coach – TBC
Operations Manager & Foundation (11-12) Coach – Ali Colman
Operations - James Bemment
Administrator - Lesley Williams
Head of Education – TBC
Head of Recruitment – TBC
Youth Development Officer - Colin Watts
Local Recruitment Officer – Scott Smith
Intern – Sam Gisborne
Head of Sports Science and Medicine - Ross Hollinworth
Lead Sports Scientist - Andrew Johnson
Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach - Dominic Walsh
Strength & Conditioning Coach - Jay Eastoe-Smith
Senior Physiotherapist - Damien Bowyer
Physiotherapist - Chris Hedges
Lead Match Analyst - Jason Todd
Match Analyst - David Read
Interns – Jake Griffin & Emily Hodson
Kit Assistant - Pete Dye
U16 – Graeme Murty & Darren Huckerby
U15 - Darren Huckerby & David Coyle
U14 – Jimmy Unwin & Adam Watkinson/John Revell
U13 – Greg Crane & Adam Watkinson/John Revell
U12 - Ali Colman & Matthew Wright
U11- Adrian Forbes & Darren Bloodworth
U10 – Dan Goffin & Chris Brazell
U9 – Matthew Wright & Ryan Elton
GK – Kai Algar