SHEFFIELD UNITED: Old boy Jamie back as duo join academy staff

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SHEFFIELD United last night confirmed the appointments of Jamie Hoyland and Tony Walmsley to their academy backroom staff.

The move forms part of the club’s response to the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) which was recently introduced by the Football Association.

Hoyland, who was previously in charge of Preston North End’s youth team, becomes professional development lead coach and will be responsible for running the under-18s.

“I am absolutely delighted to be back at Sheffield United as anybody who knows me will know how much this place means to me,” he said.

Hoyland, who made more than 100 appearances for United during the early 90s, added: “I am finding my feet quickly with the help of a lot of good people around me and I have enjoyed getting out on to the training pitch and working with the lads.”

John Stephenson, United’s head of football operations, revealed Walmsley’s arrival as head of academy recruitment could help prevent youngsters in Bramall Lane’s youth scheme being poached by rival teams.

Walmsley boasts spells with Manchester United and Central Coast Mariners on his CV.

“The whole landscape of player recruitment in academy football has changed under EPPP ... these regulations allow academies at Category One level to recruit players at fixed compensation costs from those academies with a lower categorisation from anywhere in England,” Stephenson said. “Our club could be vulnerable to this happening.

“Tony Walmsley has a terrific reputation and will be vital in implementing strategies that minimise our risk from predatory clubs as well as extensively boosting our own recruitment coverage.”

United have been granted Category Two status under the new EPPP guidelines.