Nuneaton Town have appointed Dave Driver as Goalkeeping Coach.
“I am delighted to add Dave to the coaching staff,” said manager, Tommy Wright. “We have two technically-gifted first-team ‘keepers who Dave will be responsible for keeping sharp.
“There is going to be great competition between Ty Belford and Elliott Taylor. In my opinion, Ty should be playing in The Football League. He is fortunate that his dad [Dale] is on hand to give him plenty of good advice as well as being his biggest critic!
“We haven’t seen the best of Ty yet, so with Dave now on board I expect to see results.
“As for Elliott, I have had conversations with him and he seems so focussed and determined on pushing Ty for the number one shirt; this competitiveness is going to be great to see and will help push both ‘keepers on.
“We also have some very talented goalkeepers emerging within the Academy and now we have a full-time Goalkeeping Coach at the club, I am sure that they will make great forward strides.”
32 year-old Driver was an Academy goalkeeper at West Bromwich Albion before going on to the likes of Atherstone, Nuneaton Borough and Tamworth before injury forced him to retire at the age of just 22.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” he said. “It is something I have been working towards over the past four or five years.
“I did a few sessions with the lads towards the end of last season, so I have an idea of what they are about. Ty has such great pedigree, whilst Elliott has the potential to go far in the game.
“I can’t wait to start working with them on a full-time basis. My style is very analytical; I’d say that I’m quite quiet but extremely focussed on the art of goalkeeping and getting the best out of people.
“There is a big buzz around the club. It’s an exciting time to be involved and hopefully I can help make a difference.
“After I was forced to retire from playing I fell out of love with the game for a time, but I’ve played under some great coaches and was encouraged to get into coaching myself and it was the best decision I ever made.”