Norwich City confirm Dmitri Halajko as new U21s boss

Josh Murphy - along with brother Jacob - were among the most recognisable names to feature for a you

Josh Murphy - along with brother Jacob - were among the most recognisable names to feature for a young Norwich City side at Sincil Bank. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City have confirmed Dmitri Halajko will take charge of the club's development squad this season.

Halajko had been overseeing the under-21s during pre-season, following the departure of Paul Wilkinson, and academy manager Gregg Broughton confirmed on Friday afternoon he had been appointed to the role on a full-time basis.

'Dmitri has done a fantastic job in pre-season to prepare the squad, and he was the strongest candidate from our interview process,' said Broughton. 'At this football club we want our teams to play a certain way, which Dimitri understands from being within the academy set-up. He's an excellent coach and educator, who the FA 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 Dimitri, we now have that system in place.'

Halajko is in his second spell with the academy.

'I'm very pleased as it's been a good start to pre-season, which makes the role even more exciting for me,' he told the club's official site. '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.'

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