ANDY Collett admits he is disappointed that he will not be working with Scott Flinders next season – but believes he has left Hartlepool United in safe hands.
The 39-year-old goalkeeping coach was told that he would not be given a new contract at Victoria Park and so took up an offer from York City.
Collett had worked with Flinders for 18 months and repeatedly won praise from the Pools No.1 for his attentive work on the training field.
Indeed, Pools’ Player of the Year was quick to pay tribute to the former Darlington stopper when taking a clean sweep of the club’s end-of-season awards.
But relegation from League One meant that Collett’s deal was not renewed and he will be replaced by former Pools keeper Jim Provett, who currently works with the club’s Football in the Community programme.
“I’m disappointed that I’ll not be at the club and working with Scott next season,” Collett told SportMail, “But I understand when a club is relegated that cuts have to be made.
“It was clear there was going to be no role for me at the club.
“But I really enjoyed my time there and I hope that my work with Scott and the other keepers has been evident.
“I’ve seen an improvement in Scott over the past 18 months.
“When I first came in I sat down with him and said, ‘the only person who will stop you becoming the best you can be is yourself’.
“But Scott’s approach is spot on and he had an outstanding season despite the relegation.
“He’s at a good age and his best years are definitely ahead of him.
“So I’m disappointed that I’ll not be with him next year because it feels like a job half done in some ways.
“But I’m looking forward to a new challenge at York and I wish Scott and the club all the best for the future.”
Provett, 30, is set to take over as goalkeeping coach when the squad reconvenes at Maiden Castle on June 24.