UK time is: 10:49:38
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

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
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Aston Villa Articles

The Villa Times - 21/08/2014 (Thursday August 21 2014)

Villa Have A Fox In The (Directors) Box (Thursday August 21 2014)

Bennett Makes Loan Move (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Former Villa CEO Linked To Forest (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Arsenal Man Linked As Villa's New CEO (Wednesday August 20 2014)

17th Minute Applause For Two Toon Fans (Wednesday August 20 2014)

U21s - Villa 1 1 Stoke (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 777
2. Pride of Lions 543
3. ClivetheVillan 453
4. Villan Of The North 310
5. Barney2004 251
6. mike_field 211
7. sirdennis 204
8. DeanoVilla 200
9. Juan Mourep 193
10. gator 190

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Stoke 0 - 1 Aston Villa

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Arsenal 1 1 0 0 1 3
4. Liverpool 1 1 0 0 1 3
5. Swansea 1 1 0 0 1 3
6. Aston Villa 1 1 0 0 1 3
7. Hull City 1 1 0 0 1 3
8. Spurs 1 1 0 0 1 3
9. Everton 1 0 1 0 0 1

Breaking League News

Wild Conspiracy Theories Win Out Over Simple Logic
Aston Villa : 22/08/2014 10:29:00
David Henen saga continues
Everton : 22/08/2014 10:24:00
Left Back, Midfield & Attacker Wanted By Monk
Swansea : 22/08/2014 10:00:00
A Fence Sitter amp; A Doommonger. Mystic v Lawro
Aston Villa : 22/08/2014 09:54:00
KCS Lokeren 1-0 Hull
Hull City : 22/08/2014 09:54:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aston Villa v Newcastle (home) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 50%
Lose 20%
Draw 30%