Danny's Steeley Praise
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 29 Nov 2011 09:40:00
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Danny Coyne is full of praise for the man keeping him out of the no.1 keeper's shirt at Boro. He doesn't reckon goalkeeping coach, Stephen Pears is doing too bad a job either for that matter.

On the verge of Boro's big head to head with West Ham I spoke with Boro's experienced goalstopper about his Boro view from between the sticks. You can read further thoughts from the former Tranmere and Wales international in the fanzine out today.

Fly: How is your fitness now Danny?

DC: Yes my back has been fine for a long time now it just kept me out for a couple of months here and four weeks there. I'm back to full fitness now and have been all season.

Fly: You've been working on your coaching. You've worked under Stephen Pears for some time now. We've seen two loan keepers come in, Paul Smith and Carl Ikeme and play out of their skins, how much is that down to our goal keeping coach?

DC: We've got Luke Coddington England Under-17s, Connor Ripley Under 18s, Jason Under-21s, we had Brad Jones now at Liverpool, obviously Ross Turnbull at Chelsea. So his record is phenomenal for bringing keepers through. When you look at the lads that he's had and where they are now and the other lads coming through it clearly speaks for itself. It's fantastic.

Fly: So are you fancying going into coaching, yourself?

DC: Yes, definitely. I am doing my A licence at the minute. I'll be taking the final assessment at the start of next year which will be me qualified to take outfield at every standard except pro licence.

Fly: So a good person to work under then in Pearsy.

DC: Pearsy yes but obviously I'll be doing the outfielders as well as goalkeepers. So yes I've learned a lot from Pearsy.

Fly: Would you say that Jason Steele has hit the ground running since coming back?

DC: Yes he has done fantastic. He had hardly any pre-season. So he came back from his wrist injury and stepped in after only playing 70 minutes of a reserve game. I think he has been excellent. He was under a lot of pressure because we hadn't let a goal in for five games and we were undefeated. It was going to be hard for him to come in but he did really well.

Fly: Obviously with a keeper you can't afford to make any mistakes. Or let any goals in. It doesn't even have to be your fault does it?

DC: That was the problem I think. A lot of people had seen that we hadn't let a goal in under Carl and then Jase came back and conceded. That was hard. It was always going to happen it was just a matter of when. But he had no chance. That's just the way it is.

Fly: And a lot of people don't see the matches.

DC: No, they see the goal that has gone in and obviously he has played and put two and two together and get six.

Fly: He has made some excellent saves.

DC: Yes he has been outstanding since he has been in, to be honest. He has come back and done really well, so credit to him.

Fly: Tony Mowbray said last season he wanted his keepers to come out and dominate in the box. You yourself did that in the Carling Cup. But it is completely different to how Stephen Pears played for us where he would stay on his goal line and let Mowbray and Pallister deal with the aerial threat.

DC: Yes, I think the game has changed a little bit since then. It is quicker now. But Pearsy knows exactly what he is doing.

Fly: You yourself, are you still enjoying working at the club? You could do with a break for the first team I guess.

DC: Yes I still love it. That's the unfortunate part about being a goalkeeper only one player can play so that's just the way it is and I've just got to take my chance.

Fly: Hopefully we won't get Burton Albion in the FA Cup draw.

DC: (laughs) Yes, lets not go there, it wasn't very nice.

Read further comments from Danny and Scott McDonald in fmttm fanzine Issue 498 (nearly 500) on sale now for £1.50 at Ack! Ack! Ack! records; Finlays, Eston; CM News, Linthorpe; Boro Programmes; HMV Mbro (soon) and around the ground tonight. Also interviews with Richie Smallwood and Andy Halliday and loads of articles written by fans for fans.


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