Hunter questions value of keeper coaches

ALLAN Hunter, the former Ipswich Town stalwart, has been left wondering what benefits goalkeeping coaches have brought to professional football.

Elvin King

ALLAN Hunter, the former Ipswich Town stalwart, has been left wondering what benefits goalkeeping coaches have brought to professional football.

The defender, who was a key member of Sir Bobby Robson's side that won the FA Cup in 1978 and has lived in Ipswich ever since, was left scratching his head after last week's Premier League 4-4 draw between Arsenal and Tottenham.

“I was watching a great television game between two top sides, yet the standard of goalkeeping left so much to be desired,” said 'Big Al'.


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“If we cannot produce keepers in this country to play better than the foreigners between the posts for the two London sides there has to be something wrong.

“Both were dodgy to say the least, and it left me wondering what contribution goalkeeping coaches are making.

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“They weren't around when I was playing yet Britain produced outstanding keepers like Pat Jennings, Adam Blacklaw, Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.

“Where are our top quality British keepers these days?”

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