Burnley have announced the appointment of Mike Rigg as the Premier League club’s new technical director. The 49-year-old, who has previously worked for Manchester City and the Football Association, will head up the process of talent identification and recruitment throughout the Turf Moor club – from academy to first team.
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Burnley said Rigg would also “oversee a new, large investment programme in growing the talent identification and analysis teams at the club”.
He said on burnleyfootballclub.com: “I am delighted and absolutely honoured to be asked to come and join the club.
“I have worked for over 30 years in football, starting out as a community officer, which was a terrific grounding, and have been lucky to work with national associations and club sides. “I feel I have an excellent understanding of all areas and how things have to fit together to be successful.”
Burnley chairman Mike Garlick said: “All of the candidates which (Burnley boss) Sean (Dyche) and myself interviewed were of a very high calibre. “However, Mike stood out as someone who we feel can help move the club forward in terms of identifying and hiring the best possible footballing talent, both on a national and international basis.
“It’s an area of the club that we need to invest inand improve further, and we feel sure that Mike’s wealth of experience will be a valuable asset to us.”
Manager Sean Dyche was also happy with the news, adding: “I have mentioned over the past couple of years how important it is to grow all areas of the club, and recruitment structuring and how we want to go forward, is an important part of that.
“I think at the end of a good process for the club, involving myself and the chairman, amongst others, we have found someone who can help the club to grow.”
Rigg will start his new job on December 1.