Spartans appoint new goalkeeping coach in place of King

New Blyth Spartans goalkeeping coach John Bottensien.
New Blyth Spartans goalkeeping coach John Bottensien.

Former Bishop Auckland goalkeeping coach John Bottensien has joined Blyth Spartans.

He replaces Carl King after the club relieved him from the position.

Bottensien, 46, was at Croft Park on Thursday night to take his first session since agreeing to link back up with assistant manager Colin Myers.

And despite replacing a popular figure at the club, the former Bristol Rovers keeper admitted it didn’t take him long to think about joining Spartans.

“When I got the opportunity to come, it was a no-brainer really. This club’s a massive club,” he said.

“I know a lot of people won’t be pleased, what with Carl being here, but people move on and new people come in.

“It’s nothing personal, at the end of day. It’s just a footballing choice and it’s one that has allowed me to come to a truly great football club.

“It was simply a case of me wanting to come and coach at a higher level of football, which is what we all want to achieve as coaches.”

Manager Tom Wade said: “To be honest, I’m disappointed that we’ve had to lose ‘Kingy’. He’s a good coach and a good lad.”

The new coach is looking forward to working with the players.

He added: “Basically, I just want them to work hard. I expect them to put the work in in training, so they can reap the rewards.

“If we can get the basics right, then the rest will follow. But, it has to be put in on training days.

“I take pre-match warm-ups and run them like a training session as well and I work a little bit differently to what other goalkeepers do.

“I want these lads to be physically fit, so they can get round the box and that.

“I also want them to start to think about the whole game and not just the goalkeeping aspect of it.

“They have to be able to see the full picture – as that is how football is played now.

“A goalkeeper has to mentally fit as well, so they can be sharp and quick when making decisions.

“If we can do that, I think I’ll turn these lads into good goalkeepers.”