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DEAN KIELY: A GREAT GROUP TO WORK WITH

12 March 2015

Joining City 'an easy sell' for former Republic of Ireland international

NORWICH City’s newly-appointed goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely has been impressed with what he’s seen since joining the Canaries.

Having started work at the Club recently after a lengthy association with West Bromwich Albion came to an end in January, the 44-year-old has quickly settled into life at Colney Training Centre.

Tasked primarily with coaching City's senior goalkeepers, Kiely told canaries.co.uk: “I’ve really enjoyed working with the group.

“They all work extremely hard, but also know when to let off steam so get the balance right in that respect. It’s for me to set that tone around training, and to give a pathway for the young lads coming through.

“I said to all the goalkeepers from day one that it wasn’t about me. I’m just here to create an environment which facilitates them to be the best they can be.

“They want to get better, and I like to think I’ve got the pedigree as a player and a coach to help them achieve that.”

The former Republic of Ireland international spent a total of eight years at the Hawthorns as a player and coach, with the move to Norfolk therefore representing a significant step in his career.

Kiely relishes the challenge a switch to Carrow Road brings however, commenting: “It’s something I wanted to commit to and become involved in, so I jumped at the chance.

“It was quite an easy sell to me because as an opposing player it always seemed like a really good place to work. Everyone knows where the Club should be, and I agree, so it’s nice to have a project.

“You’re made to feel welcome, and I like that sort of atmosphere so it suits me down to the ground. There’s a good feeling at the training ground, with everyone working hard to pull in the same direction.”

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