Long-time Tony Pulis sidekick will NOT be joining Sheffield Wednesday coaching staff
One of Tony Pulis’ long-time leftenants will not be joining him on the coaching staff at Sheffield Wednesday, The Star understands.
The new Owls boss has brought in Mike Trusson and Craig Gardner so far as his assistant manager and as a first team coach respectively after the departure of James Beattie, Andrew Hughes and Darryl Flahavan with Garry Monk last month.
Flahavan’s exit has left a vacancy at the club in the goalkeeper coaching department, with Nicky Weaver have stepped into the role having been moved to work with the club’s younger players in the summer.
Former Premier League goalkeeper Boaz Myhill turned down the chance to join Pulis’ team, preferring to stay on with West Brom’s academy after Wednesday were granted permission to speak with him by the Midlands club.
Now The Star understands that Jonathan Gould, who worked as a goalkeeper coach under Pulis at both West Brom and Middlesbrough, will not be joining the Owls and will remain in New Zealand, where he has lived since leaving Alex Neil’s set-up at Preston North End last year.
A former Bradford City and Celtic stopper, the 52-year-old earned two international caps with Scotland and made their squad for the 1998 World Cup in France.
Gould has a farm business in New Zealand and lived there for 10 years after retiring from playing before returning to England in 2015.
It follows the decision of David Kemp, Pulis’ left-hand man at Stoke, Plymouth, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Middlesbrough, to not join Wednesday as he deals with some family issues.
With Weaver continuing to take the senior goalkeeping trio of Joe Wildsmith, Keiren Westwood and Cameron Dawson, it remains to be seen whether Pulis’ pursuit of a new goalkeeping coach will continue.
Speaking last month, Pulis made clear that he was happy working with Weaver, but admitted it was a priority to bring in new faces.
“He’s a good lad and he’s taken the goalkeepers,” he said. “I’ll assess it as we go along but I do want to bring my own staff in if I possibly can.”
Owls legend Kevin Pressman revealed to The Star last week that he would welcome the opportunity to rejoin the club having interviewed for a role in 2018.