FORMER England and Wednesday keeper Chris Woods has been described as one of the best goalkeeping coaches in the world.
The accolade comes from Woods’ Everton colleague, Tim Howard, who welcomed the ex-Owls star’s appointment as coach to the USA squad.
Woods, aged 51, is continuing to work for Everton as well as assisting new US boss Jurgen Klinsmann.
Howard, the Americans’ No 1 keeper, said: “Chris has been fantastic for my career. He’s one of the best in the world and I don’t say that lightly.
“He has an ability to manage all types of goalkeepers. I’ve been at Everton for six years and we’ve had probably 12 goalkeepers come through – senior goalkeepers, young goalkeepers. He’s fantastic, he really is.
“Obviously, he has done something very good to impress Jurgen, because Jurgen had to hire him and like him.
“At a certain stage in your career, you think you are at a certain level. When you look back, you’re not. When I went to Everton, coming from Man United, I knew a lot. Now, realising how much I learned under Chris, I was still very raw.”
Woods has been goalkeeping coach at Everton for 13 years. He joined the club when his former boss at Rangers, Walter Smith, was in charge, and he was kept on by David Moyes, who has agreed to him working for the USA on a part-time basis.
After becoming the Owls’ first £1m player when he was signed by Trevor Francis from Rangers in 1991, Woods made 138 appearances for the club before leaving for Colorado Rapids in 1996. He has 43 England caps.
Howard also said: “I have a ton of respect for him, He worked nearly a lifetime under Peter Shilton, so he knows what it’s about.
“In the Premier League, he’s so, so respected.”