Former Sheffield United goalkeeper lands key Doncaster Rovers job after leaving Middlesbrough

Ian Bennett, the former Sheffield United goalkeeper, has been appointed as Doncaster Rovers’ new goalkeeping coach.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 5:49 pm

Bennett, who joined United after their promotion to the Premier League in 2006 as cover and competition for Paddy Kenny, made more than 500 career appearances as a player, also turning out between the posts for Birmingham City.

The 50-year-old has also held coaching positions at Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, where he worked under former Blades boss Chris Wilder before leaving the Riverside at the end of last season.

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Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey described the appointment as “a real coup” for the League Two new-boys.

“We were aware he became available,” McSheffrey said, “and had an initial chat a few weeks back. It was nice to get him in.

“Getting someone of Benno’s experience to work with the first team is so key for the club. It shows the players we mean business.

“He knows the game inside and out.”

Ian Bennett of Sheffield United in action (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Doncaster Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey and with the club's new goalkeeper coach Ian Bennett, the former Sheffield United goalkeeper. Photo: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD.