CHELMSFORD CITY has confirmed the appointment of Mikey Spillane as the head of their academy
The former Republic of Ireland Under 21 international initially linked up with the Melbourne Community Stadium club in March 2016. Previously, the defensive midfielder’s career had taken him to several clubs, including Norwich City, Brentford, Southend United and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Subsequently, the 31-year-old made more than a century of appearances for the Clarets and has assisted manager, Robbie Simpson, following the dismissal of Rod Stringer in January 2020.
Spillane believes he has the correct credentials to make an impact with City’s emerging talent, telling www.chelmsfordcityfc.com: “I have the experience of running an academy for the past 4 years as well as knowing what it takes to become a professional footballer and represent Chelmsford City.”
“I have gained my UEFA ‘A’ license and I will work with an Assistant, who is due to be confirmed soon. We will be coaching our U/19’s team on a daily basis, combining it with their education, and improving them both as players and people, bridging the gap between the 1st team and Academy.”
As well as the new role, Spillane will continue in his player/assistant-manager position and was keen to promote a style better preparing young players to step up to the first-team: “What we will be looking for is always simple to say. What everyone wants is to play out from the back, through the thirds and play attacking exciting football, but, as we all know, it’s not as easy as that.
“We will have to be ready to adapt accordingly. Our philosophy will be something we will be instilling throughout our Academy again so that our youngsters can step up without too much change.”