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Exclusive: Millwall coach Burns calls time on incredible career

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VETERAN Millwall coach Tony Burns intends to retire this summer after more than five decades in the game, NewsAtDen has learned.

The 68-year-old, who first joined the Lions' staff in 1992, has worked as the club's goalkeeping coach for a total of 19 years.

He briefly left SE16 to take up a similar role at Crystal Palace in 2006, but returned within the space of 18 months.

Burns becomes the second member of manager Kenny Jackett's coaching staff to leave The Den in the space of a week, following the departure of first-team coach Richard Shaw.

Shaw has been replaced by former West Ham defender Tim Breaker, who holds a UEFA Pro A licence.

Burns, a former goalkeeper himself, began his playing career at Arsenal in 1963. He also turned out for Brighton, Charlton, Palace, Brentford and Plymouth Argyle.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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