Former manager of Bury youth team appointed to academy role at Blackburn

28 October 2019

Photo: Getty Images John Buckley is one of Blackburn's academy graduates. So far this season, the central midfielder has played eight games for Blackburn's first team.

Following a string of academy promotions this summer, Blackburn have turned to outside the club to find their new assistant for the under-18s.

The new assistant, Ryan Kidd, has most recently been the manager of Bury's youth team.

Jesper Elkjær Jensen

Ryan Kidd has been appointed the new assistant coach for the under-18s at Blackburn Rovers.

Kidd's appointment follows a string of internal promotions at Blackburn this summer, which began when the head coach of the under-23s, Damian Johnson, was promoted to the role of first-team technical coach and head of player development in July.

This led the way for Billy Barr, the previous head coach of the under-18s, to take over from Johnson, with Barr's former assistant, Mike Sheron, then promoted to head of the under-18 squad.

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