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Mimms Demanding Goalkeeper Competition

30 June 2015

Coach On Doyle And Letheren

New goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms expects competition between Colin Doyle and Kyle Letheren for the number one Blackpool jersey to get the best out of them both.

This week Mimms began working with the duo, alongside youngster Myles Boney, and has been putting the stoppers through their paces during a series of high-intensity drills.

With Doyle and Letheren both holding aspirations to become Blackpool’s first choice stopper, Mimms is predicting a healthy competition between the two. 

“It’ll be a good competition for the number one spot,” said Mimms. “Colin (Doyle) has been around a long time and I know a bit about him. Kyle (Letheren) has obviously been up in Scotland and done his time up there, so has a bit of experience as well.

“It should always be the case where goalkeepers are battling. Both of these boys have ambitions of playing, so hopefully they will work together and get the best out of each other. With a bit of hard work and help from me we’ll take them to a different level.”

Mimms himself is a new recruit, having been brought to Bloomfield Road by his former West Ham United colleague Neil McDonald, and the 51-year-old is looking to dip into his experience while with The Seasiders. 

“Hopefully I can add to the mix with Neil and the rest of the staff. We’ll all work together and everybody will benefit from that. Between us all, whatever problems arise, we’ve got the experience to deal with it.

“It’s that little pool of experience when certain situations arise that will help. I’ve been a coach for years now and there aren’t many different situations, so we’ve been there and done it.

"I don’t think anyone is under any allusions that it’s a hard job at the moment. There’s a lot of work to be done on and off the pitch, but we’re all up for that challenge,” he added.

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