I started coaching the academy goalkeepers at Wimbledon FC before they became MK Dons, before joining Fulham for the 2004/05 season – originally to do the 9-11s goalies but then 9-14s, 9-16s, all the way through to doing a bit of part-time work with the Under-18s. Then when Billy McKinlay was here I helped out with the Reserves, although predominantly my job was with the 9-16s.
I spent a year in the Conference under Justin Edinburgh at Rushden & Diamonds in 2009/10, and we got into the Play-Offs. So that was a good experience to gain first team football, in terms of working with senior level goalkeepers.
From the 2014/15 season I moved into my role with the Under-21s.
I work predominantly with the 21s but with the other time that I get when they’re not in, I try and work with the day release goalies in the 12-16s. Plus other bits and pieces over the weekend when it doesn’t clash with the 21s programme.
It’s a great place to be, good to work with and learn off coaches like Vic Bettinelli and Peter Grant. It’s fantastic really. You learn something from Peter every day on the training field – you pick up things that make you a better coach, so I feel privileged to do what I do on a daily basis, working alongside people with that experience.
Myself and Vic have both been within the goalkeeping department together for probably over 10 years now. He’s a great character, a very good coach – I’ve been lucky to do be able to do that because I’ve learnt a lot and taken on board a lot of the things he’s done, and implemented it with the younger goalkeepers.
Marcus came in with me from the age of Under-13 up until Under-16, then obviously got his scholarship, so to see him playing in the First Team now is really nice. He’s always had the qualities to do so, but to get the opportunity to actually do it and then take your chance and keep your place is excellent from him, and it’s really, really good to see that.
I think whatever goalie you work with, whether they’re 10, 13, 18, you’re trying to produce someone for the First Team. You’re looking at long-term and ideally the pathway is that they will represent the First Team at some point. So we’re very proud of what Marcus has achieved.