HARTLEPOOL United goalkeeper Scott Flinders says he is in safe hands on the training ground working alongside a former Pools keeper every day, writes RICHARD MENNEAR.
Jim Provett, 30, took over the role of goalkeeping coach in the summer after former coach Andy Collett wasn’t offered a new deal and he left to take up a position at York City.
Flinders, who was man of the match in the recent 1-0 over Plymouth Argyle, said he is enjoying working with Provett who made a total of 78 appearances for Pools.
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 but the 6ft 4” stopper said he is now enjoying working with Provett.
The 27-year-old said: “It is always going to be different because me and Andy worked so well and he got the best out of me.
“It was a case of carrying that on with Jim and he has been brilliant with me and Raff.
“He brings new ideas to the table.
“I have been in that situation before, I must have worked under a lot of goalie coaches, and it is part of parcel of the role.”
Relegation from League One in the summer meant that Collett’s deal was not renewed and he was replaced by Provett, who had been working with the club’s Football in the Community programme.
Provett left the club as a player in the summer of 2007 and went on to play for Bury, Harrogate Town and Gateshead.
He now works with Flinders and back-up keeper Andy Rafferty on the training ground and Pools’ No.1 stopper said it is vital the group have a good working relationship both on the training ground and away from work.
Flinders, who has six clean sheets to his name this season, said: “Because you work closely with a coach a lot during the week it is not like an assistant manager or normal first team coach.
“It is a tight knit group and you have got to get on really at the training ground and away from the training ground.
“Jim has been here before and knows the club in and out and that can only benefit me.”