Stone replaces Duff as Burnley U23 boss

Steve Stone was a young pro with Sean Dyche at Nottingham Forest 

Steve Stone was a young pro with Sean Dyche at Nottingham Forest 

FORMER England international Steve Stone has been appointed as Burnley Under-23 boss.

The 47-year-old replaces Michael Duff, who left to become manager of Cheltenham Town last month. Stone, who worked at Newcastle for five years in a range of coaching roles from U16s to first team, officially started in the role yesterday.

He has known manager Sean Dyche, assistant Ian Woan and first-team coach Tony Loughlan well for almost 30 years, because the quartet were all young pros at Nottingham Forest at the same time.

Stone has previously worked in the Clarets’ recruitment department and carried out some coaching duties in pre-season while Loughlan recuperated from hip surgery.

“I think this role suits me perfectly for what I’ve done in the past with my coaching,” Stone, who won nine England caps, told Burnley’s official website.

“It’s one that excites me as well, from the way Burnley are going with the first team, the way the training ground is set up and the way the young players are starting to develop and come through.

“They have definitely progressed over the past couple of years to where they are now. The key is, over the years, to fill the gap from where these lads are now, where most of them are young men at 19 years of age, to get them up to 21 and to get them near or around the first team. That’s my key role.”

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