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U21 post for Russell

4 September 2012

Former Bristol City midfielder Alex Russell has been appointed the club's new Under-21 manager.

Russell, 39, who won promotion with City in 2007, will take charge of the development squad for the 2012/13 season.

"When I left City back in 2008 I spoke to the chairman (Steve Lansdown) and said I'd be keen to return for some coaching at the end of my playing days," Russell told the club's official website. "I've always enjoyed and admired the coaching side of the game and it was no secret that I saw my future going that way.

"I always had a good relationship with the people at the academy and it was great to get involved with coaching the Under-15s last season whilst still playing with Bath City.

"This opportunity to work with the Under-21s is one that really excites me. There's a massive transformation taking place with the academy structure at the moment, with so many people putting in a great deal of work This is another big step in my career. I'm ready to learn more with the City academy and guide the development group towards the first team."

Head of academy coaching Willie McStay added: "Alex has the knowledge and understanding of developing players for the first team

"I've watched and listened to him and he's very much of the same philosophy as Derek (McInnes, manager) and myself. Achieving the potential of our young players and bridging that gap to the first team is a strong focus for the academy and Alex's appointment will certainly strengthen that area."

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