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Duncan's new Academy role

9 November 2016

Duncan Fearnhead has become the new Head of Coaching at Accrington Stanley's Academy.

Duncan, 29, has taken over from Dave Fitzgerald who left to join Bury last week.

Duncan has been at Stanley since 2012, where he began coaching part-time within the Academy.

At the end of that season, he was offered a full-time role as the Lead Foundation Phase Coach and was instrumental in securing the Category 3 EPPP status in 2014.

Duncan has now been appointed as Head of Coaching, overseeing the coaching programme and helping to develop the players and coaching staff in the U9-U16 school boy programme.

“My ambition includes working with a group of players from U9 who go on to be established professional footballers,” said Duncan.

“I hope we can put in place a model at Accrington Stanley where a large portion of the first team starting line-up is made up of Academy graduates who can help gain promotion for the club.”

During Duncan's time at Stanley's Academy so far, he organised the first ever international trip to PSG, a club where he worked previously for a short spell.

The success of this trip led to him organising a tour for two age groups the following season to Madrid where they trained with Atletico Madrid at their first team training ground.

Duncan, who is fluent in Spanish, is hoping to provide further opportunities for players to develop and experience similar tours in the future

“Travelling to one of the world's strongest football nations is beneficial to the players and can provide them with experiences of another culture and another way of winning,” said Duncan.

Duncan started to take his FA coaching courses when he was hampered by injuries playing football.

“I started to have success, with many of the young players I was coaching being invited into local academies,” said Duncan.

This led to him being offered a coaching role at Blackburn Rovers before a switch to PSG and then the Reds.

“I enjoy watching entertaining and winning football,” added Duncan. “In the Academy I will focus on getting the coaching process right rather than focusing on results, as I believe if the coaching process is right the results will follow anyway.

“I hope in my new role as Head of Coaching I can continue to develop myself and the Academy coaches which should then help the Academy produce better players."

Academy Manager Paul Lodge said: “Duncan has proven during his time here that he is more than capable to make the step up to Head of Coaching and I am looking forward to implementing his ideas and philosophies throughout the Academy.”

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