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BURKE LEAVES ALBION

24 December 2014


Brighton & Hove Albion's head of football operations David Burke has left the club, following a meeting with club chairman Tony Bloom earlier today.

Bloom said, "With Sami Hyypia's resignation earlier this week, we felt it was right for the club to re-evaluate the football set-up.

"David's been with us for three years, and I would like to thank him for all his hard work and endeavour on behalf of the club during that time.

"There is no question he has done an exceptional job in helping with the design of the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre and in putting in place a first-class infrastructure in the football, academy and sports science areas of the club.

"David's work in helping to establish the club's first-ever academy and to quickly gain category one status in the new world of the EPPP guidelines is highly appreciated by myself and by everyone at the club.

"He's also helped to put in place our scouting department, and his work in all these areas will stand us in very good stead for the future.

"On behalf of the board I would like to thank David for these achievements and to wish him the very best for the future."

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Burke added, "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Brighton & Hove Albion and the club will always have a special place in my heart. I wish the club all the very best in its ambition to reach the top.

"I'm proud of much of what we have achieved in many areas with the development of the training ground and academy, and particularly with the recruitment and development of the club's young and up-and-coming stars such as Rohan Ince and Christian Walton.

"I would like to thank Tony Bloom and Paul Barber for the chance to work for such a good club, and for their support throughout my time; I would also like to thank all the staff who have worked with me, they've been superb and are a credit to the club."

Meanwhile Bloom has also confirmed a slightly revised football operations structure, ahead of the winter transfer window.

He added, “Our player identification manager Paul Winstanley, who joined us from Derby County earlier this year, will now assist the new manager, once appointed, and myself in any January transfer activity. Paul will also be supported by our senior scouting team of Darren Wrack, Ian Pearce and Jamie Johnson and our team of football analysts."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V READING

friday 26th december, KICK-OFF 3PM


Albion v BRENTFORD

SATURDAY 17TH JANUARY, kick-off 3pm



Albion v IPSWICH

SATURDAY 24TH JANUARY, kick-off 3pm




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