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Mike Pollitt Looking Forward To New Challenge

29 July 2020

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First Team News

Mike Pollitt Looking Forward To New Challenge

29 July 2020

After joining the backroom staff as goalkeeping coach, Mike Pollitt is looking forward to a new challenge with PNE.

The former Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United 'keeper joins the club with a wealth of experience both playing and coaching, and is relishing the opportunity at Deepdale.

Speaking to iFollow PNE following his appointment, Mike said: "I am really looking forward to it, it's a great club to be at, obviously we just missed out on the Play-Offs this year so obviously that's the challenge next year and I'm really looking forward to that challenge.

"It's going to be great to work with the goalkeepers, I'm obviously quite an experienced goalkeeper playing through the leagues, having played in the Premier League down to League Two so hopefully I can pass on my experiences to them and hopefully help them.

"I have Premier League and Championship experience with Wigan down the road, I'm a Bolton lad, I have just left Bolton Wanderers as well so I know the area really well.

"I know this is a club that's similar to the teams I have worked with before, but it's definitely a club that you look at now and see it's established in the Championship and now challenging for the Play-Offs so you can see the ambition of the football club.

"That's something that really attracted me towards it and I'm really looking forward to getting to work with the manager and the coaching staff and then obviously the goalkeepers and the players as well.

"I had a good chat with the manager at the weekend, he outlined what he expects from me as a goalkeeping coach and I am looking forward to it, his record is very good. He's obviously managed in the Premier League with Norwich and he's done a great job here as well.

"I know Steve Thompson really well too because I played with him at Rotherham many years ago so I'm looking forward to working with everybody. It's just going to be a new challenge and something I'm really looking forward to."

Pollitt is hoping he can use his experience to help further develop the goalkeepers at the club, adding: "I'm looking forward to working with them, they are different goalkeepers through experience and the games they have played but I'm looking forward to the challenge of trying to improve them.

"I would like to think I have a decent record over the last few years of developing young goalkeepers. I've just had Marek Rodák at Rotherham for two years who is obviously doing very well for Fulham now in the Championship and now the Play-Offs and Daniel Iversen on loan from Leicester City who has now signed a new long term contract with them.

"If I can help in any way, shape or form with my experiences and to pass on my knowledge then that will hopefully benefit the club."

Watch the full interview with Mike by clicking on the video at the top of the page. 

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