Pool name former keeper as coach

Steve Banks

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Blackpool have ended their search for a goalkeeper coach by turning to former club favourite Steve Banks.

The Seasiders have been without a specialist coach for their keepers since the start the start of the season, after Fred Barber followed Bobby Mimms in quitting the club.

The injured Colin Doyle stepped in on Saturday to help his team-mates warm up.

However, the club has confirmed that Banks will take over at training today, after agreeing terms.

The 43-year-old, who moved to Pool from Gillingham in 1995, has recently filled the same role north of the border at St Johnstone, while still being registered to play.

Pool manager Neil McDonald said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Steve back to the club and I’m sure his appointment will be a popular one with the supporters.

“He has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on, and I know he can’t wait to get started.”

Banks also coached at Hearts and Dundee United, having made more than 180 appearances in almost four seasons at Bloomfield Road.