Meet the Coach: Dave Maguire

Name: Dave Maguire

Age: 24

Current job: Goalkeeping coach at Phnom Penh Crown FC, Cambodia

Previous jobs: Shrewsbury Town FC – head of goalkeeping, lead foundation phase coach, lead Under 13s coach. Wolverhampton Wanderers ����� goalkeeping coach.

Playing career: Republic Of Ireland Under 17s, Shrewsbury Town, Newtown (Wales), Cefn Druids (Wales)        ��  

Qualifications: UEFA B, UEFA B Goalkeeping (assessment December), Level 2, Level 2 Goalkeeping, FA Module 1 and 2.

Why did you move abroad? I was finding it difficult to find another club that would trust a young goalkeeping coach in a full-time position. I also wanted to prove that everything I achieved at Shrewsbury with the goalkeeping department could work somewhere else. Plus, I was young enough to move abroad, and I haven’t got many ties in the UK, apart from family.

One of my friends got a job with Phnom Penh Crown, so I saw his update on LinkedIn and decided to send him a message. A few weeks later he contacted me and said there would be a position available, and he asked for my CV. The club is moving forwards, and the influence of the foreign coaches has had a positive impact on the kids in the academy. I’m the first qualified goalkeeping coach who has worked with the club and already we’re seeing the benefits.

Dream job: Working for the Republic of Ireland national team. It was such an honour being in the squad for the Under 17 European championship and playing in a friendly against Italy Under 17s.

Wenger or Mourinho? To be honest I’m not a big fan of either! But I am a big admirer of David Timmins (goalkeeping coach at Port Vale) who was a fantastic role model as a goalkeeping coach. He has produced lots of fantastic goalkeepers, and has a good way of getting the best out of people.

Nil-nil draw or 3-4 defeat? Nil-nil draw ������������� so the keeper gets a clean sheet!

Best player coached: I coached some fantastic goalkeepers in my time at Shrewsbury – Harry Lewis (sold to Southampton), Callum Burton, Shaun Rowley. I also had the pleasure of working as a goalkeeper with Joe Hart when he was at Shrewsbury.

Worst player coached (or worst type of player): I don’t like working with players who think they have made it. No matter what the level, you can always learn ��� whether you’re a player or a coach.

First thing you do in your first session with a new team: Make everything fun, and create an exciting learning environment, so that the goalkeepers can enjoy their time, as well as build trust.

Career ambition: To gain a good reputation as a coach and a person, and be known for developing a conveyor belt of goalkeepers that get recognised at international level.

One thing you’d change about football: I’d get some of the massive clubs in England to help build football and raise the standard of the game in developing countries.

Other details / comments: I’m very grateful to a lot of people who’ve helped me as a player and a coach. I’m also very grateful  to my family who have helped me all the way though my career.

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