This is a picture of myself and Jarmo Matikainen who is the manager for Wales U17, U19 and A team. This picture was taken at the Wales training camp this year.

Over the past two decades as a professional goalkeeper I have rubbed shoulders with some of the best players and coaches that have graced football and I have also set up the first community goalkeeper schools for Manchester United FC, so its safe to say I know my managers/coaches!

But I can honestly say that Jarmo is one of the best coaches I have seen in action in my time heavily involved in football.

His scientific approach to developing players is second to none and his passion to help his team is unique.

Also what is excellent about Jarmo he is willing to listen to his goalkeeper coaches. If most GK coaches at professional clubs are honest they will tell you that their manager does not really listen as most managers still do not see goalkeeper coaches as an important part of the coaching team.

However thankfully there are some managers like Jarma that do realise that GK coaches are a valuable asset to a team because we have a different vision on how a team performs because of our position in goal as we see the game from a different prospective.

I must admit I was a bit reluctant to be the goalkeeper coach for the wales U19 squad because if I feel like my experiences are not being utilised or a manager tries to talk down to me, I will not hesitate to stand my ground and say what I feel. Again if most GK Coaches are honest, they will tell you that their manager does sort of talk down to them, so it was refreshing that Jarmo spoke to all his coaching staff and myself as a gk coach with the upmost respect.

Jarmo talks all over the world about the development of players and in particular the development of women players. He is one of the most respected in his field in Europe and I strongly advise any organisation developing women’s football to listen to what Jarmo has to say, you will not be disappointed!

 

This is a picture of myself and Jarmo Matikainen who is the manager for Wales U17, U19 and A team. This picture was taken at the Wales training camp this year.

Over the past two decades as a professional goalkeeper I have rubbed shoulders with some of the best players and coaches that have graced football and I have also set up the first community goalkeeper schools for Manchester United FC, so its safe to say I know my managers/coaches!

But I can honestly say that Jarmo is one of the best coaches I have seen in action in my time heavily involved in football.

His scientific approach to developing players is second to none and his passion to help his team is unique.

Also what is excellent about Jarmo he is willing to listen to his goalkeeper coaches. If most GK coaches at professional clubs are honest they will tell you that their manager does not really listen as most managers still do not see goalkeeper coaches as an important part of the coaching team.

However thankfully there are some managers like Jarma that do realise that GK coaches are a valuable asset to a team because we have a different vision on how a team performs because of our position in goal as we see the game from a different prospective.

I must admit I was a bit reluctant to be the goalkeeper coach for the wales U19 squad because if I feel like my experiences are not being utilised or a manager tries to talk down to me, I will not hesitate to stand my ground and say what I feel. Again if most GK Coaches are honest, they will tell you that their manager does sort of talk down to them, so it was refreshing that Jarmo spoke to all his coaching staff and myself as a gk coach with the upmost respect.

Jarmo talks all over the world about the development of players and in particular the development of women players. He is one of the most respected in his field in Europe and I strongly advise any organisation developing women’s football to listen to what Jarmo has to say, you will not be disappointed!