New 'keeper coach in first interview since joining ClubTONY Parks says the strength of Norwich City’s goalkeeping department was one of the main reasons why he opted to link up with Neil Adams’ backroom team.
The Canaries’ new ‘keeper coach joined last week and is currently away with the squad on their nine-day pre-season trip to Italy.
“I’ve come in to work with some top class goalkeepers,” he told Norwich City TV in an exclusive interview.
“I know John (Ruddy) and Declan (Rudd) from their days in England squads when I was a national coach, and I’ve been very impressed with Mark Bunn’s ability and Remi Matthews as well.
“It’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Norwich – to work with the quality that was already here.”
Parks was quick to highlight the class of City’s established No.1 Ruddy, and believes he has all the good qualities to add to his one international cap if he continues to shine for his club.
“John has been ranked among the top Premier League goalkeepers for the last couple of years, and rightly so. His performances, his work ethic and his attitude are commendable,” he added.
“I don’t see any reason why John can’t get back into the England squad, he certainly has that ability and from what I’ve seen on the training ground, he has the drive and commitment to want to do that as well.”
As for himself, Parks is hoping his experience in the game – including lengthy spells with the FA and Tottenham Hotspur – will complement City’s coaching team heading into the new season.
“We’re a team and we have to work as a team for the benefit of the football club,” he commented.
“Hopefully I can bring my experience to the table, not only in terms of the goalkeeping but in terms of working with different managers and working with the new manager here now.”