Sheffield Wednesday: Crossley pleased to join Owls

Mark Crossley is Wednesday's new academy goalkeeping coach
Mark Crossley is Wednesday's new academy goalkeeping coach
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Mark Crossley is in the Hillsborough record books for being the only keeper to score a goal for the Owls in open play.

His return as academy goalkeeping coach adds a new chapter to his career - and he is delighted.

“I’m really pleased to be back,” says the 44-year-old who headed an injury-time equaliser against Southampton.

“I was only here for five months before and really enjoyed it; I couldn’t turn it down when they offered me the job.

“Coming back here was a big attraction, and as I hadn’t worked with kids before, it was something I wanted to get on my CV.”

He was unemployed for only four weeks before his appointment by Wednesday.

Chesterfield released him this summer as part of staff changes under Paul Cook, who took over as boss from John Sheridan during last season.

Crossley turned down a chance to become assistant manager under Sheridan at Plymouth for family reasons.

He and keeper Tommy Wright were joint caretaker managers after Sheridan’s exit from Chesterfield.

Crossley was first-team coach at the Proact Stadium at the time he left.

Having seen at close quarters what management entails, and dabbled in it, the former Nottingham Forest and Wales keeper has changed his mind about wanted to be a team boss.

“I see myself more as a future assistant manager. I work well with people. I’ve seen the management side of it - I like my life! It’s a very stressful job.”

Crossley was a Brian Laws loan signing from Fulham when he played 19 games for Wednesday in the 2006-07 season.

His famous goal was a header from a Chris Brunt corner in stoppage time and it gave the Owls a 3-3 draw against Southampton on December 23, 2006.

He says: “It’s something that people at Sheffield Wednesday remember me for; I’ll never forget it.”

Crossley will work under Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes.

Academy manager Dean Ramsdale said: “I am delighted that Mark has joined the academy.

“He has a huge amount of experience, which will benefit our young goalkeepers. Mark’s knowledge, aligned to that of Andy Rhodes, puts our goalkeeping coaching department in a significantly strong position.”

Crossley played almost 600 games, for eight clubs.