Hartlepool United sign Tony Caig as new goalkeeping coach

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has signed Tony Caig as the club's new goalkeeping coach.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has signed Tony Caig as the club's new goalkeeping coach.

Hartlepool United have swooped to sign Tony Caig as the club’s new goalkeeping coach from rivals Carlisle United.

Pools have been without a coach in that specialised role ever since Stephen Pears left the club earlier this year.

And manager Ronnie Moore has moved to add experienced Caig to his coaching staff.

The 41-year-old has been goalkeeping coach at Carlisle for the last five years but will now leave Brunton Park to link-up with Pools for the 2015-16 campaign.

“I have met Ronnie Moore a few times from when he was at Tranmere Rovers and last season as well and I have met a lot of the other staff members here over the years.

“I had a good chat with Sam Collins over the weekend as well.

“It seems like a good environment to come into and do your work, to do it properly but enjoy it as well,” Caig told the club website.

Pools released reserve keeper Jonny Maxted at the end of the season, while last year’s number one keeper and captain Scott Flinders’ future remains up in the air.

Flinders was not among the names on the club’s retained list and it is understood he has been offered reduced terms by the club.

No official announcement has yet been made but it is understood he will be leaving the League Two side.

As a player, Caig spent the formative years of his career with The Cumbrians, keeping goal over 300 times between 1990 and 1999 before moving on to Blackpool.

A brief spell with Charlton Athletic was followed by a two-year stint north of the border with Hibernian before he returned to the region to sign for Newcastle United in 2003.

Caig has also played in Canada for Vancouver Whitecaps and in America for Houston Dynamo before rounding-off his career back in England with Chesterfield and then non-league outfit Workington.

Carlisle offered him a coaching role in 2010 and he’s been in the position ever since, also acting as joint caretaker manager alongside Paul Thirlwell last term after the departure of Graham Kavanagh.

A Carlisle spokesman said: “He stepped up as caretaker manager with Paul Thirlwell for a four game spell in September 2014 and leaves the Blues with the very best wishes of everyone at the club.”