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Baggies strike Gould

16 February 2015

Gould arrives as first-team goalkeeping coach

ALBION are delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Gould as the club’s new first-team goalkeeping coach.

Gould arrives from his coaching role with New Zealand side Wellington Phoenix, the only non-Australian team currently competing in the Hyundai A-League.

As a player, Gould, son of former Baggies boss Bobby, notably racked up over 150 appearances for Celtic, featured in the Premier League with Coventry and claimed two international caps for Scotland, making their 1998 World Cup squad.

He was also on the books at Albion for a short period in 1992, yet did not make an appearance, and lined up on loan under Tony Pulis at Gillingham.

And having spent the best part of ten years in Oceania occupying a number of roles, Gould is now returning to England’s top flight to open a fresh chapter at The Hawthorns.

The 46-year-old will start his new position with the Baggies tomorrow.

Gould’s arrival means Albion’s professional development phase goalkeeping coach Mark Naylor will now revert to his role working with the club’s brightest young talent, including the likes of Jack Rose.

Naylor stepped into the void in early January, working predominantly with Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill, and has revelled in the role.

He has helped the Baggies keep five clean sheets in his eight games, during which the club have tasted defeat just once.

And director of football administration Richard Garlick has been quick to praise Naylor.

“This is no reflection on the job Nayls has done. He has really stepped up and done a sterling job and has shown all the attributes we were always confident he possessed,” Garlick said.

“I know from talking to Tony that he, too, has been really impressed with him. But he’s obviously recruited a more experienced coach in Jonathan.”

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