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Friedel 'Have I Improved?'

Friedel 'Have I Improved?'

Brad Friedel has explained on the official site how Seamus McDonagh was the first goalkeeping coach he worked with when he moved to England back in 1992 and how good it is to have joined up again with his mentor.

McDonagh was the goalie coach with Nottingham Forest when Friedel left the US for good ol Blighty, and trained with him once or twice a week back in the days of Cloughie.

Both have met at regular intervals as they progressed their careers and remain good friends so when the opportunity for Brad to link up with Seamus again came along, he certainly wasn't going to say no.

'Seamus was my first coach in this country when I arrived from the US. I trained with him once or twice a week at Nottingham Forest when Cloughie was the manager.

'So I've known Seamus for many, many years. Whenever I've played against a team he's been at, we've always chatted.

'It's nice to be working with him again - and being on the same team!

'He's a great character. The relationship between the goalkeeping coach and his pool of goalkeepers is a really important one.

'It always seems to be good. I think that's because it's a specialist position - really the only one on the pitch.'

Since joining 'thread bare Villa', Friedel has been impressed the both the number and the quality of signings that O'Neill has made.

'There has been competition for places at every club I have played at. That is part and parcel of Premier League football.

'That's a great thing because it focuses your mind and keeps you on your toes.

'Some people, with no competition, get complacent.

'When I first arrived at Villa we had a fairly small squad. But now we have a larger one with a great competition for places, which is healthy.

'No-one can let training sessions or games pass them by because they simply won't get into the team. That can only improve the squad's performances.'




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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday September 4 2008
Time: 3:52PM

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I do like Brad he talks sense too. I think MON made promises to him when he signed, looks like MON has stuck to them so far, the signings are ambitious and that is what this clubs needs. No more Knights or Harewoods. More Milners and Cuellers please!!!
young_jonah
04/09/2008 16:06:00
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I suppose really what you have to remember is Harewood and Knight were just stop gaps - we couldn't attract the bigger names so get some work horses in whilst we get there. Shows how clever MON really is if he beleives he can get the success to attract bigger names with lesser players. And now we're reaping the benefits, If someone told me in June that by september we would have Milner, Cueller, Friedel etc I would have laughed, because I had visions of about three players being signed. It'll be even better next summer if we get 4th...
industrial_musical
04/09/2008 16:31:00
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got to agree with you jonah, he's a quality keeper and give the new defence a month to get properly aquainted and we'll be sorted. mind you the 7 games in 2.5 weeks we have should help!!
bobbyfett
04/09/2008 16:32:00
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Brad talks too much, lol, im not a fan of opinionated players...
Euro_Champs_82
04/09/2008 17:16:00
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Thats the managers job IMO...opinionated players only leave themselves open...sorry for being negative, its just something that annoys me, i hated it every time Olof went to the pree and slated opposition before a game...i can see brad is gonna do that soon...hope im wrong !!
Euro_Champs_82
04/09/2008 17:19:00
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Euro_Champs_82 - I agree it gets up my nose whenever I hear players sounding off. It's usually a load of rubbish. It's almost seems to be orchestrated from players that have performed poorly ie Carew after the Liverpool game.
villacross
04/09/2008 17:31:00
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So it's not down to the club deciding which players to send out to be asked questions by the journos then?
steff_the_villan
04/09/2008 18:54:00
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i dun think seamus could recognise brad...what with the loss of hair on his head!
Gruck
04/09/2008 22:33:00
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I only wish we had him last season, I honestly think we could have made the CL.
col8
05/09/2008 09:32:00
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Euro_Champs_82, this interviews come from AVTV which is our clubs channel on the website, each day a different player is interviewed on their views, these articles come from those interviews. As I subscribe to AVTV, i like to hear the players views. And i cant see this changing, the club wants the fans to hear these interviews or they wouldnt carry them out, its the papers and fansites that will spin what was actually said mate. As for Olly he used to give a rally cry before the big games, sometimes it paid off, other times he looked stupid. If you dont want to read the players opinions then dont open the article simple as that. The club want them to communicate with the fans via AVTV, if they didnt the channel wouldnt exist.
young_jonah
05/09/2008 10:24:00
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