Hull City

Mountain Excited To Work With Tigers’ Goalkeepers

05 July 2017
New Goalkeeping Coach Pat Mountain says he feels fortunate to be working at a Club with a fantastic group of goalkeepers.

Mountain started work on Monday after being appointed to Leonid Slutsky’s backroom team over the summer and after a couple of days’ working with Eldin Jakupovic, David Marshall, Allan McGregor and Will Mannion, he is excited about the season ahead.

“I’m fortunate to come to a club with a really good group of goalkeepers,” said Mountain.

“There are three first-choice goalkeepers here really, plus a very good young goalkeeper in Will.

“I’ve worked with some good goalkeepers in the past and I have knowledge of Allan, Eldin and David from coming up against them over the years when I was with Wolves.

“Since I took the job here, I’ve been watching everything that they did last season in games, spoken to them on the phone and now we’re here working together.

“The great thing is that, as well as being really good goalkeepers, they’re great blokes as well and I’m sure they are going to be a pleasure to work with.”

The move to Hull represents a fresh challenge for Mountain. The former Wales U21 international spent almost nine years on the staff at Wolves before departing earlier this year, and he is certainly well qualified when it comes to coaching.

“For me personally, it was the right time for a fresh challenge,” added Mountain.

“I worked under a lot of different managers at Wolves and picked up a lot of good things during my time there. I worked with a lot of good people there and it seems to me to be the same here at Hull – good people who care and want what is best for the club.

“I started working towards my coaching qualifications at a young age – I think I was 22 or 23 when I got my ‘B’ licence, both outfield and goalkeeping. I always thought it was important to gain experience and knowledge, and learn from people who are more experienced.

“Through that, coaching opportunities came up with the English FA and that continues mainly through the summer when I tutor for some of the goalkeeping qualifications.

“Now it’s an exciting time here at Hull and as soon as I got the job, I was straight to work on planning things and it felt as though I had got my coaching mojo back!”