Beasant Joins On As Goalkeeping Coach
Stevenage have added former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant to our ranks as our new goalkeeper coach, and also announced the promotion of Dan Barnes to the position of Fitness Coach.
Speaking to the Official Site as the announcement was made, manager Graham Westley said that he did fully expect Beasant's role to evolve as we work through the coming season.
'Dave enjoyed a fantastic playing career and has already undertaken some important coaching roles at both club and international levels. My feeling is that he will be much more than a goalkeeping coach here. But we will let things evolve one step at a time. He is a grounded guy, a tremendously experienced man and a fabulous professional. The players will benefit no end from his guidance.'
Stevenage now have a family connection, as Beasant Jnr joined the club earlier in the summer as well, and that wasn't missed by our gaffer.
'It's a nice touch that Dave will be able to help Sam along, but that isn't what this is about. It's about adding a former England international to my management team to expand the standard of thinking that supports the players. Dave is experienced in coaching on field players as well as goalkeepers and his role will be wide.'
As for Dave's son, Sam, who joined us from Woking, Westley has given him a great seal of approval by saying that he expects him to be our No 1 next summer, and he was brought here with that in mind because Westley spent a number of hours watching him last season and he was very impressed with the performances he put in during 2013-14.
'I expect Sam to be our No 1. I brought him here because of the performances that I watched him deliver last season when I tracked him extensively. But he will have to deliver the goods because Chris Day isn't going to sit back and give him the shirt. If I didn't think Dave could handle that situation with ease then I wouldn't have considered this.'
The manager goes on to say that 'from the moment' he and Dave met though he felt there was an instant 'chemistry' between them, and he loved his enthusiasm for both the game, but also his own development and improvement so he could have a successful coaching career after hanging up his gloves, so he has been a long term target.
Having made plenty of comments about the playing staff last season, and with on going in that regard, Westley clearly wants to improve and shore up the coaching side of the team as well so the club does have the foundations for growth again.
'The on field team will be radically different this season and this will not be the only addition to my coaching staff either.'
Along with the announcement of Beasant, there is also the promotion of Dan Barnes who was working with our Academy last season. This season he will be the first team fitness coach, and his MSc is in Strength and Conditioning so he's looking for some good improvement in our playing squad's fitness levels.
'Dan has earned rave reviews and I am delighted to promote him back into a first team role after his previous work at Brentford.'