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U19s - Blake Leaves Post

U19s - Blake Leaves Post

After a seven year spell as a National Coach, Noel Blake has announced that he is leaving The Football Association and therefore his post as U19 manager.

In his time with The FA, the former Stoke City, Birmingham City, Leeds United and Portsmouth player, has spent the last five years in charge of our U19s, leading them to the European Championship semi finals in both 2010 and 2012, securing qualification for the U20 World Cups of 2011 and 2013.

He has also acted as assistant coach with our U16 squad, and has taken charge at both U18 and U20 level too, when required.

In 2013-14 he obviously oversaw our U19 rise to the Elite Qualifying Round of the European Championships, where an unfortunate 1-0 loss to Ukraine last month was what stopped us from heading to Hungary for the Finals again.

Director of Elite Development, Dan Ashworth said of his departure to theFA.com.

'We'd like to place on record our thanks to Noel for his hard work over the last seven years. He has played a key role within the England development teams during that time and we would like to wish him all the best for his future career.'

Blake said himself of his time with us, and the experiences he has had.

'It has been a real honour for me to coach the England U18, U19 and U20 teams during the past seven years. The international tournament experience I have gained is invaluable and I have had the pleasure of working with some outstanding young England players, for which I feel very privileged.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday June 13 2014
Time: 9:33PM

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