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Academy close to appointments

15 February 2017

Andy Jones expecting Academy vacancies to be filled soon

Academy manager Andy Jones believes that things are now getting back to normal after a difficult couple of months behind the scenes at the academy.

The club have had to deal with a plethora of staff changes in recent weeks and interviews have been taking place to fill the vacant posts.

New appointments are now close, and Jones is delighted that the club will soon be able to continue with the fantastic progress made already this season.

“It’s been a difficult couple of months with the changes in staff, with different people coming in and out.

“In the past couple of weeks we’ve started to get the structure back in place, the standard has been good and the training has been good and we’re back to where we were.”

The importance of selecting new staff members who are ready to fully integrate themselves into the culture of the club is vital, as Jones explains.

“I’ve brought in a lot of full time and part time staff and it’s important that I bring the right people in for the club and make sure that they’re all willing to work around our philosophy and values that we’ve installed.

“It takes time, it’s not just me, it’s a collective effort from all the boys, they do the hard work and we all put it together.

“We all change things and we all monitor them together.”

Jones believes that a new influx of staff will bring a fresh start, which will provide important new experiences for everybody involved.

“It’s always good to have support, different personalities and experiences. We’re a growing academy, we’re a good academy, it’s a great place to work and we’ve got some very good lads coming through the system.

“As an academy I feel like we’re taking it forward and we’re bringing the right people in to make sure that happens.”

Jones also praised the staff who remained at the club for their important work and adaptation during a difficult period.

“They’re good coaches, it’s been a good experience for those boys to work with the U18s and doing different roles that they’re not normally used to.

“It’s been a learning curve for everyone because it’s been a difficult couple of months for the staff and the players, but we’ve got through it and we’re looking forward to moving forwards.”

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