• The word is "Change"

    Posted March 14, 2012 by Alan

    There is one word that sticks out for me after this weekend - change.The first element of change is the old argument surrounding goal line technology that we have had here on countless occasions after the incident at the Bolton and QPR games.There was a major call to be made when Clint Hill's header...

  • AVB...

    Posted March 7, 2012 by Alan

    Everyone suspected it may happen but the news that AVB’s managerial reign at Chelsea was brought to an end by Roman Abramovich still has an air of “ not another one “…Here was a young manager who, last season, produced a Porto side that played fast flowing attacking football...

  • Goalkeeper coaches worth their weight in gold?

    Posted February 2, 2012 by David

    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.     So what is a goalkeeper coach worth to your team? Well if you think that a good keeper can save you 10-15...

  • Coaching keepers is not just improving technique

    Posted January 31, 2012 by David

    As a professional goalkeeper coach running my own academy, I find that I coach a lot of young kids from the ages of 6 through to 18, one of things I've discovered more than these keepers lacking talent (which they don't) is that a lot lack self confidence. Many feel the weight of expectation, even a...

  • Up for the Cup

    Posted January 30, 2012 by Alan

    What a week of cup football for Liverpool, first they secured their place in the carling cup final with a superb display against Manchester City and just when they thought it couldn't get any better , they defeated Manchester United yesterday in the 4th round of FA Cup. It must be difficult for Live...

  • Goalkeepers and Mental Strength

    Posted January 19, 2012 by David

    I thought the first topic I would tackle in this new blog is the often hidden feelings of a goalkeeper, the depression, the self doubt, the hyper criticism, the never ending chase for perfection that is the clean sheet, and the battle against the ill informed media on the subject. As a football fan ...

  • How do Goalkeepers deal with Mistakes?

    Posted January 11, 2012 by Alan

    How do goalkeepers deal with mistakes? It is a question I am often asked by young goalkeepers and my response is “When you make a mistake, Hold your hand up and acknowledge it, briefly think about how it happened and what you should have done and then let it go. Make sure you don’t sulk ...

  • Goalkeeping confidence or lack of it?

    Posted January 4, 2012 by Alan

    A goalkeeper’s confidence can be a fragile thing when the pressure is on to get a result. How the manager deals with the situation where you have two goalkeepers competing for the No1 spot can either push the two goalkeepers to perform at a consistently high level or it can lead to the goalkee...

  • Goalkeeping Problem Solving

    Posted January 1, 2012 by Alan

    A goalkeepers positioning and that of their defending team mates is critical when dealing with crosses, especially from corner kicks. One important attacking player who can have a direct influence on whether the goalkeeper can come and catch or punch the corner kick is the centre forward who literal...

  • Goalkeeping Highlights - Joe Hart

    Posted December 19, 2011 by Alan

    Today I saw Manchester City and Arsenal take part in a game of football that highlights the reason why the Premier League is considered the best league in the World. Both, City and Arsenal went hammer and tongs at each other in a pulsating encounter that was separated by a single goal victory for Ma...