'JAMES SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER': CORRIGAN
By Site reporter
Monday 13 Oct 2008 11:06:00
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West Brom goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan reckons David James should have been an even better keeper than he turned out.

A former keeper himself in the 1960s and 70s, Corrigan coached James while he held a similar position at Anfield and he can't help feeling the current England keeper didn't quite fulfil his potential.

“No-one can take away the career that David has forged for himself and in many ways he has a lot to be proud of, but I have this nagging frustration that it could have been even better.

"Like everyone else who ever worked with him, I know just how great his ability is and I don’t think he has made the absolute most of it.

“When I joined Liverpool, David was in the reserves and I could see straight away what huge potential he had but he just seemed to lose concentration at vital times and that problem has stopped him from achieving his full potential.

“When you are a keeper at a club like Liverpool you will not always have a lot to do and the secret is to make sure you are ready when you are called into action.

“Ray Clemence was an absolute master at that and that’s why he went through an entire season once only conceding 16 goals, an absolutely incredible record.

“Unfortunately, David did not seem to have that same knack and even though he is now England’s number one, I’ve always had a nagging feeling that he should have made that position his own several years ago and he would have done had he just been able to concentrate better.”

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