GERRY MURPHY is Town's new director of football development.
The Academy manager, who was caretaker chief for six matches following the departure of Peter Jackson, will work closely with new boss Andy Ritchie.
He will have responsibility for pushing players through up to the age of 21, he'll have reports prepared on all Town's opposition and oversee the scouting operation.
On top of that, part of the 63-year-old Murphy's new brief will be to train someone to become the next Academy manager.
Ritchie commented: "It's great and I'm really pleased.
"I think Gerry deserves it because he's put in a hell of a lot of hard work for this club.
"He will have a very active role in the development of our young players beyond the Academy and, hopefully, together we can bring even more youngsters through, because we are relying on exactly that."
He added: "There's a lot of talk at the moment about what is best for young players when they come out of the Academy because, at the moment, it's easy for them to drift into a no-man's land where they can't get enough games.
"We are trying to guard against that by putting Gerry in this role and, if necessary, I won't hesitate to get lads out on loan if it means they are going to get games under their belts and experience into their heads.
"I'm also keen for the younger lads to work hard on improving themselves.
"I don't see anything wrong with having them in to do extra technical work, perhaps when the senior squad are on their day off, or maybe doing two sessions on any given day and resting up at another time.
"If players work on their weaknesses as youngsters then they stand a better chance of progressing and doing the job we want from them as a club."
Murphy - who had one win, four draws and a defeat in his six matches at the helm before Ritchie's arrival and is pictured (top)- said: "Obviously it gives me great pleasure to be invited by the chairman and board to help to develop the young professionals further in their careers.
"I will be working closely with the manager and Andrew Watson, the vice-chairman, to carry out my duties with the interests of the club being paramount.
"When the charter for quality was first established in 1998 it was to take the boys through to 21, but it did not succeed because of conflicts with professionals and the Academy.
"Academies reverted to Under18 but, as we all know, boys develop at different times and there may well be a lot of work still to be done and this is where, together with Andy Ritchie, we can create a coaching syllabus where the boys will be working afternoons as well as mornings.
"We are trying to break the mould of the British training culture, because practice makes the player, not the games.
"On the scouting side, regular meetings will be held between the manager, our chief scout Brian Young, football staff and myself so that we have an up-to-date portfolio on the availability of players should the manager want to strengthen his first team squad.
"We will be doing everything in our power and drawing on all our resources and contacts to assist him to get the players he wants."