DAVE EDMUNDSON's job as Burnley FC's chief executive has been axed following a major reshuffle at the club.

Mr Edmundson, 55, has been appointed the Head of Strategic Development at Turf Moor with immediate effect, a position which will concentrate on the leisure and community section of the club.

New director, millionaire businessman Brendan Flood, has been brought in to work alongside chairman Barry Kilby in a two-pronged bid to boost the Clarets' revenue.

After four years as chief executive, Mr Edmundson says he is relishing a new challenge.

"I am extremely pleased to be appointed to this new position at the club and these will be exciting times for Burnley FC over the next few years," he said. "Things are really happening."

Mr Edmundson's new role will enable him to devote more time to his position as chairman of the Community Sports Trust, for which the club is enjoying a nationally renowned reputation that he will aim to improve further by bridging relations between the club and the wider community, with the potential knock-on effect of increasing the club's status and boosting attendances.

Other responsibilities will include co-ordinating any development opportunities that arise for the club and strengthening current and future partnerships across both public and private sectors.

Mr Kilby paid tribute to the work Mr Edmundson - a former PE teacher at QEGS - has done since joining the Clarets four years ago.

"Dave has done a marvellous job as chief executive, but we must constantly look to move the club forward," said the Burnley chairman who, along with Mr Flood, will aim to drive the business side of the club in an effort to increase revenue for the new financial year.

Their emphasis will be on increasing playing resources, facilities' development and increased commercial revenue.

"The new structure will allow Brendan and I to look closely at all operational aspects of the club and drive up revenue streams," Mr Kilby continued.

"Like myself, Brendan has considerable business know-how and together, the aim is to take our great club to the next level."

Rossendale-born Mr Flood, a property developer based in Manchester, joined the Burnley board in December 2006, and made major financial contributions in bringing players to Turf Moor during the January transfer window.