Ian Burchnall (40) strengthens the staff of the first team. The 40-year-old Englishman will function as an assistant coach to head coach Brian Riemer. He will take up office as soon as his work permit is granted.
Ian first started coaching at the University of Leeds, where his paths crossed with Graham Potter for the first time. Ian also worked as a youth coach at Leeds United Football Club and Bradford City. In 2013, he began his coaching career at the highest level as an assistant coach at Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08. After one year, he moved to Norwegian top club Viking FK, where he worked for two years as assistant-coach under Kjell Jonevret. in 2016, he took over as head coach for the first time.
In the summer of 2018, Ian was appointed head coach of Swedish side Östersund, where he succeeded Graham Potter. After two seasons with the Swedish side, he returned to his homeland in 2021 to become head coach at Notts County and Forest Green Rovers.
“When I received the call from Anderlecht, I didn’t need to think too long about it. I’m very happy to join this fantastic football club and I’m looking forward to contributing to an exciting project.”
CEO Sports Jesper Fredberg:
“With Ian, we’re adding another piece of the puzzle to our coaching staff and, most importantly, he will have an important role to play in implementing and developing our style of play. This was the right moment to bring him in, so he can help us to end this season in a good way and to start building towards next season as well.”