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Coach Joins From Carlisle United

In what is a small piece of 'transfer business' for the club, Carlisle United coach Chris Blake has joined the backroom staff at Sunderland as a performance analyst.

The trees at the Academy of Light, which are small.
The trees at the Academy of Light, which are small.

The young coach, who worked at the club for a short period in the past, will work as part of the development set up at the Academy of Light under the academy director Ged McNamee, leaving his post as a youth coach at the Cumbrians.

Blake has been heavily involved with the youth set up at Carlisle and in particular has been a part of their preparations for EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan), a scheme initiated by the Premier League with the intention of creating better opportunities for young players in professional academies.

The twenty-seven year old, who has been part of the coaching staff at Brunton Park since 2005, told the News & Star:

"I wasn't looking to leave Carlisle but when Sunderland called and offered me the position I was very flattered. It's an interesting job at a good club and I decided to give it a go. It was a hard decision because, while there has been a lot of bad press around Carlisle, I do feel they are going in the right direction and trying to do things the right way. It is sad to leave but sometimes you have to take these chances."