Aston Villa - Kimberley Appointed As Academy Director
UK time is: 16:54:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Kimberley Appointed As Academy Director

Following the earlier announcement that current Academy Director Brian Jones was hanging up his youth hat and retiring at the end of August, Villa have now appointed Sean Kimberley as his replacement.

Jones leaves us with very big boots to fill given his work over a number of years and whilst giving his own recommendations as to who should replace him, the club also sought the expertise of an external agency to sift through potential candidates and Kimberley came top of both piles from the sound of it.

The 45 year old is one of us, born in Edgbaston and has been involved in coaching, development and the recruitment of young players for the last two decades and he will now take up his new position on September 1.

Having been the assistant Academy Director at Blackburn Rovers, he joined us as a youth development officer back in 2007, and has headed up our youth recruitment processes for the past seven years becoming an integral part of our Academy team.

Speaking to the Official Site as the news was announced, Kimberley said.

'It's a huge privilege and honour to be entrusted with continuing the club's proud tradition in finding quality young players to play for Aston Villa. I see our role, collectively, as one in which we work closely alongside and support our first team, trying to nurture and produce the right kind of players who can advance the club. First and foremost, that's what we're here for. Players have to be good enough but youth is always given its opportunity at this club.'

Kimberley goes on to say that he knows Jones is a tough act to follow now given what he has brought to our Academy, especially since the introduction of the Barclays Premier League Academy system back in 1998, and in his mind 'no one can follow BJ' so in many ways it's a new era and a new beginning and he's going to do his utmost to embrace that, but importantly continue the core values that we already have.

'I'm humbled to be given the responsibility of leading the Academy forward into this new era. The legacy and core values which are integral to the work which is carried out by our quality staff will remain very much in place and that's important. There has never been more focus on youth development - in terms of investment, scrutiny and longer term development in line with the Elite Player Performance Plan, but our aims and priorities won't change and these are to identify and recruit the best raw potential talent locally, nationally and internationally and developing these young players through high quality coaching so that they may one day play in our first team.'

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join Vital Villa

It's easy to REGISTER, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 11 2014

Time: 8:18PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Good luck Sean. A tough act to follow indeed. Aston Villa boast one of thee best academies in the country with a very proud tradition. Standards must not only be maintained but improved.
Villa_Grizzly
Report Abuse
12/07/2014 10:58:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Where Do We Go From Here? (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Delph On Wembley Dream (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Westwood Looks To Wembley (Wednesday May 27 2015)

HK - Soccer Sevens Squad (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Lerner On Sale & Standing Down (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Cleverley On Biggest Game Yet (Tuesday May 26 2015)

On This Day - European Champions (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 1133
2. ClivetheVillan 1105
3. col8 478
4. kefkat 443
5. The Fear 370
6. thefacehead 314
7. BodyButter 221
8. Fulford 220
9. HeathfieldRoad1874 194
10. sirdennis 178

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Leicester City 38 11 8 19 -9 41
15. Newcastle 38 10 9 19 -23 39
16. Sunderland 38 7 17 14 -22 38
17. Aston Villa 38 10 8 20 -26 38
18. Hull City 38 8 11 19 -18 35
19. Burnley 38 7 12 19 -25 33
20. Q.P.R. 38 8 6 24 -31 30

Breaking League News

Sir Alex Ferguson`s Chelsea Accolade
Chelsea : 27/05/2015 16:47:00
Valencia Would Like How Much!
Man Utd : 27/05/2015 16:37:00
Is Anyone Surprised?
Chelsea : 27/05/2015 16:32:01
Pogba Only Interested in Spanish Move!
Man Utd : 27/05/2015 16:24:01
Benzema for United Rumours Escalate
Man Utd : 27/05/2015 16:17:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Player of the Year?
Suggested By:  MF
Delph 66%
Gil 12%
Okore 1%
Sinclair 0%
Hutton 3%
Gabby 2%
Baker 0%
Cleverley 1%
Guzan 2%
Cole 0%
Sanchez 1%
Benteke 12%