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New Staff Members Join Academy.

2 August 2017

The Reds have strengthened in the Academy set-up with new job roles and coaches.

Former professional footballers Matt Murray and Dale Tonge have joined the coaching staff, with Martin Devaney, Tom Harban and Andy Holdsworth all taking up new roles.
 
iFollow Barnsley managed to catch up with members of the current and new set-up within the Oakwell Academy and can now bring fans exclusive interviews with members. 
 
Throughout the 2017/18 season, the fans will be able to watch highlights from Paul Harsley’s U23s side and the U18s as they look to develop into senior players.
 
Academy Manager Bobby Hassell discusses all things across the academy, from how the roles are structured to members of his staff performing individual roles. The former Barnsley captain set out his visions for the next 12 months.
 
To view the exclusive interview with Bobby, go to iFollow Barnsley now!
 
In the most significant role change, Martin Devaney will now step up to Lead PDP coach. The former winger will be the lead Under 18s coach, taking the role of the departing Chris Howarth. The former silky winger has discussed at length his relationship with new PDP coach Tom Harban, as well as setting standards for his new intake of players at that level.
 
Former Red Tom Harban will now work alongside Devaney at U18s level, having formally been a lead coach with the younger groups. Harban has been a part of the Club for a while and now feels this is the right time to team up with Martin and bring the next crop of Barnsley talent through the ranks. 
 
To view the exclusive interview with both Devaney and Harban, go to iFollow Barnsley now!
 
Former Goalkeeper Matt Murray joins the Club following a long playing career which saw him reach the Premier League with Wolves making 100 senior appearances in all competitions. His time within the game at the highest level will bring experience and new ideas to the Academy. He discusses his time in broadcasting and with the Nike Academy before joining the set up at Oakwell.
 
You can watch a full interview with the new U18s Goalkeeping coach on iFollow Barnsley now!

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