Goalkeeper coaches worth their weight in gold?

  • Now you'll probably have to excuse my bias here as being a professional goalkeeper coach of course my view my be a little bit one sided but let me put forward my views anyway.

     

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    So what is a goalkeeper coach worth to your team? Well if you think that a good keeper can save you 10-15 points a season it's the difference between winning titles and a relegation dogfight! Good keepers are worth their weight in gold and if you get one you certainly try to keep hold of them, but why then would you not have someone their to specifically improve them, keepers need to be tested daily to keep themselves sharp and only a keeper coach can do that for you. Don't expect your keeper to stay in top form if he is neglected, left to train by himself or with his understudy while you work on overlapping full backs or attacking crosses. Keepers have not only a physically demanding position that requires specific training not just having to stand in a coconut shy, but also a mentally demanding position that needs a coach who can put an arm round the shoulder, talk through the mistakes, the confidence dips, the torment of the position.

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    As a manger can you afford the time to do that for your keepers as well as 16 outfielders? I'd say it would be tough to, so why not employ a keeper coach to do it for you? Someone who understands the keeper and the psychology that goes hand in hand with the position. I'd say you can't afford not too. Budget is tight? Then spending a little less on strikers or flair midfielders, and a little on helping your keeper could be the difference between promotion and relegation.

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    Think about it. Help your keeper, help you team, gain more points, win more prizes, keep your job longer. Everybody is happy.

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    Wishing you clean sheets and happiness, until next time.

9 comments
  • David
    David In my experience the goalkeeper coach is the worst paid and least valued member of the team, the first to be sacked and last to be hired. My point is in order to maximise the potential and performance of your keeper you need a specialist coach to do this...  more
    February 6, 2012
  • David
    David Also maybe I could have clarified points toward junior football in the paragraph above the Eric Steele picture. Junior coaches rarely have a gk coach for the keeper yet, feel that sending a gk to a specialist would interfere in their grand tactical plan.
    February 6, 2012
  • Jimmy
    Jimmy Most GK Coaches in Australia would coach every GK at the club they are working at, just the way it is and you make do. As a side note, I am not sure using pictures of Hoek/Enke was a good example for helping and building confidence. After readking Enke...  more
    February 6, 2012
  • David
    David A valid point jimmy, but I felt the pictures themselves had a look of a good relationship even if that wasn't the case. I spent hours searching and these were some of the better ones hence I used.
    February 6, 2012