Rovers are pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Kidd as our new Professional Development Phase Assistant Coach.
Kidd will work with Rovers’ rising stars at the club’s Brockhall Academy base, where he will assist Mike Sheron, who was promoted to the role of Under-18s lead coach in August.
The 48-year-old, who made over 300 appearances for Preston North End during the defender’s playing career, has since worked as assistant manager at Barnsley, Darlington, Rochdale and Bury, where he served as youth team manager last season.
“I’m delighted,” said Kidd. “When you’ve been working in Category 3 for a long time you’re always a little bit envious of the Category 1 scene and the games programme especially, where you get to test yourself week-in week-out against the best in the country.
“I’ve enjoyed my time in Cat 3, but this is a big step up for me and one that I’m looking forward to.
“You just have to look at the number of lads who have come through this building in the last 15 years and gone to play Premier League or Championship football, so it is a well-known Academy for getting players into the first team and that really appealed to me.
“We had a lot of success at Bury doing that, with about 25 players making their debuts in the space of just five years, which earned the club a lot of money, so as long as there is a pathway for players then I think that’s a recipe for success.”
Rovers’ Head of Academy, Stuart Jones, added: “It’s been great that Billy Barr has had the opportunity to move up to the Under-23s, on the back of Damien Johnson moving up to the first team, so it’s great to see a pathway for staff at the Academy, which I think is really important.
“We went through a thorough interview process, which Mark Venus was also involved with, and there were some really good candidates across the board, both internally and externally, and the sad situation at Bury allowed us to identify Ryan as the best candidate.
“He comes from a Category 3 programme at Bury, who have been renowned for developing young players and selling them on to bigger clubs, so he will bring those different experiences and knowledge, which will be massively beneficial to us.”