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Barber Named New Goalkeeping Coach

4 August 2015

Confirmation of Appointment

Fred Barber has joined Neil McDonald's backroom staff as the club's new goalkeeping coach.

The 51-year-old, who spent a brief time on loan at Blackpool as a player, replaces Bobby Mimms who has moved to Bolton Wanderers in the same role.

Barber arrives at Bloomfield Road with 19 years of coaching experience with the likes of Bolton Wanderers, West Brom, York City, Burton Albion, Bury, and most recently Crewe Alexandra. He has also worked at international level with Northern Ireland.

Having also amassed more than 400 appearances during his playing career, Barber was the ideal candidate to continue bringing the best form out of Colin Doyle, Kyle Letheren and Myles Boney.    

"I'm delighted to welcome Fred into the new environment that we've created, he's an excellent coach - I've worked with him before at Bolton - and I've done well to get him in as quick as I could. We wish Bobby Mimms all the best in his new adventure at Bolton," manager Neil McDonald said.

"Fred's coached some of the top goalkeepers, he's an international goalkeeping coach as well so he's got vast experience to pass on to our three goalkeepers."

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