Academy coach takes on full-time Development Squad roleDMITRI Halajko has been appointed as Norwich City’s new Under-21s manager on a permanent basis.
The City Academy coach has been overseeing the Development Squad ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, but will now take on the position full-time with immediate effect.
Academy Manager, Gregg Broughton, told canaries.co.uk: “Dmitri has done a fantastic job in pre-season to prepare the squad, and he was the strongest candidate from our interview process.
“At this football club we want our teams to play a certain way, which Dmitri understands from being within the Academy set-up. He’s an excellent coach and educator, who the Football Association also think very highly of.
“We wanted to have an outstanding young coach leading the Under-21s, as that is a model now used successfully by teams such as Liverpool and Chelsea. In Dmitri, we now have that system in place.”
Halajko, who is currently in his second spell at Colney Training Centre, added: “I’m very pleased as it’s been a good start to pre-season, which makes the role even more exciting for me.
“It’s been an enjoyable five weeks as the players have worked extremely hard to apply themselves correctly. To have the opportunity to continue that is something I’m really looking forward to.
“I’ve worked with Darren Huckerby and Graeme Murty for some time now, so the synergy from Under-16s to Under-21s should align well. That’s what we’re aiming for at this Academy.”