Dundee Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Jimmy Boyle as Head of Youth Development.
Jimmy has used his years of experience as a player in the Scottish game to move into the coaching side of the game. For three years between 2010 and 2013 he was in charge at Airdrieonians and guided them to promotion to the 1st Division.
Jimmy holds both his ‘A’ Licence and his Youth Licence and after leaving Airdrie, Jimmy moved straight into a role with the Scottish Football Association where he is a vital part of their licensing set-up, including coaching coaches and managers, licensing coaches and managing coach and player development.
Jimmy’s role at Dens will see him take on a similar role with the Academy set up. He will be in charge of the clubs youth set up right through to the under 20s in the SPFL Development League. This will see a seamless route for the youngsters from an early age to the full time set up. Preparing them for the best possible chance of breaking through to the Dundee first team.
Manager Paul Hartley said, “We are delighted to have Jimmy as part of the Club. He is fully qualified for the role and his experience and links with the SFA will be a valuable asset to our Academy system.”
Managing Director John Nelms stated, ‘It was a long search to ensure we got the man who fits the high standards we have set for our Academy. Jimmy’s philosophies and standards will raise the level not only of our players but also our coaches in our quest to develop our young players into modern professionals. Jimmy has a wealth of experience and great ties throughout the country and is another solid brick in the foundation of our great Club.’