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THE current goalkeeping coach at Phnom Penh Crown FC nearly 9,000 miles away in Cambodia is Dave Maguire, a former goalkeeper in the Welsh Premier League with Newtown and Welshpool.

After a spell as head of goalkeeping with Shrewsbury Town, the 24-year-old was finding it difficult to find another club that would trust a young goalkeeping coach in a full-time position.

"I also wanted to prove that everything I achieved at Shrewsbury with the goalkeeping department could work somewhere else," Maguire says, "plus, I was young enough to move abroad, and I haven't got many ties in the UK, apart from family.

"One of my friends got a job with Phnom Penh Crown, so I saw his update on LinkedIn and decided to send him a message. A few weeks later he contacted me and said there would be a position available, and he asked for my CV.

"The club is moving forwards, and the influence of the foreign coaches has had a positive impact on the kids in the academy. I'm the first qualified goalkeeping coach who has worked with the club and already we’re seeing the benefits."

A former Republic of Ireland Under-17 international, Maguire made 13 appearances for the Robins and then 15 for Welshpool during their time in the WPL, later joining Cefn Druids.

He says his career ambition is to gain a good reputation as a coach and a person, and be known for developing a conveyor belt of goalkeepers that get recognised at international level.

Read the full interview with Dave Maguire at the British Coaches Association website 

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24 August 2017

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