Jimmy Montgomery

Monty impressed with coach's work

by Stuart Vose

Sunderland legend praises goalkeeping coach's work.

Sunderland legend Jimmy Montgomery says he's been impressed by the approach of goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh. 

The club's official ambassador travelled out to South Korea recently and spent time with McDonagh, who arrived at the Stadium of Light alongside Martin O'Neill back in December. 

And he has highlighted the techniques employed by the Irishman, who had a brief spell with Sunderland as a player in 1985. 

"What I've noticed about Seamus is that he encourages the keepers all the time," Montgomery told safc.com. 

"I have never heard a derogatory word from him. Maybe if one of them didn't get up quickly enough or parried the ball out, he'll have a little quiet word and encourage them. 

"I've really been impressed with him. He encourages the keepers to have 'soft hands' and gather the ball, which is something that seems to have gone out of the modern game. 

"Nowadays you see keepers pushing out shots and parrying them, so to hear him talking about 'soft hands' was really gratifying for me."