Motherwell FC has today appointed Craig Hinchliffe as goalkeeping coach, replacing the departed Marlon Beresford.
Hinchliffe, 45, has previous coaching experience with Partick Thistle, Dundee Utd and most recently at York City, that coming after a playing career that spanned over two decades.
He takes up the post vacated at the weekend by Marlon Beresford, who was headhunted for a goalkeeping coach role in the Middle East.
Hinchliffe will start straight away and has already travelled to Ireland with the squad for a week’s training at Carton House, working directly with Trevor Carson and Russell Griffiths.
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said: “The timing wasn’t great and it was imperative our pre-season plans were not interrupted in any way, which is why we’ve brought Craig in.
“Marlon was great around the club and we didn’t want him to go, but the opportunity he has is quite literally life-changing, so he moves on with our best wishes for the future.
“Craig is someone who has come highly recommended to us. He has the highest goalkeeping qualification you can achieve; he has coached at some good clubs and with some really good managers and knows the Scottish game inside out. I am delighted he’s joining our set-up.”
[pullquote]Motherwell has an excellent reputation within the game and I am excited at the prospect of working with Trevor, Russell and the young goalkeepers we have here too.[/pullquote]
Beresford himself said: “I’ve loved my short time at Motherwell and have been so impressed with how the club is run, the set-up and the people around Fir Park, who are all first class.
“I am leaving with an extremely heavy heart, but I was presented with something completely out the blue last week and it was just too good to turn down for my family and I.
“I want to wish everyone at Motherwell all the very best of luck for the future.”
And the incoming Hinchliffe added: “I am delighted to be back in the game and teaming up with Stephen Robinson and the staff here at Fir Park.
“Motherwell has an excellent reputation within the game and I am excited at the prospect of working with Trevor, Russell and the young goalkeepers we have here too.
“It’s my job to improve and mentor the goalkeepers at the club, and that’s my ultimate focus. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Marlon for his short time at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.