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Coaches urged to enjoy learning experience

23 January 2015

Pulis backs duo to make most of first-team duties

TONY Pulis believes Albion's Development coaches will learn from their match day experiences with the club's first team.

Professional Development Phase Coach Darren Moore and Mark Naylor, the Throstles' Professional Development Phase Goalkeeping Coach, have been helping Pulis, David Kemp and Gerry Francis before, during and after games.

Moore and Pulis go back a long way - 'Big Dave' was Portsmouth skipper when the recently-appointed Albion head coach was in charge at Fratton Park.

'Nails', meanwhile, has been assisting Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill as Pulis narrows down his search for a new first-team goalkeeping coach.

Both are expected to continue their duties at St Andrew's when Albion take on Blues in the FA Cup fourth round tie tomorrow afternoon.

Pulis said: "We asked them to come along and have a look at what we do. 

"I think it gives them an insight into what we’re trying to achieve and hopefully that’ll give that’ll hep them when they go back the Academy.

"Darren - I was at Portsmouth with him. He's a good man and hopefully he and Mark can learn a lot."

Naylor has been told, albeit jokingly, that he will remain on first-team duties until Albion conceded a goal.

They have kept three back-to-back clean sheets since Pulis' arrival.

When asked about a potential goalkeeping coach arriving, Pulis added: “We’ve got it down to two or three in terms of finding the keeper coach, but we’ve been keeping clean sheets so far so I won’t be getting anyone in yet.”


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