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Ian Bennett appointed first team goalkeeping coach

22 June 2022

Rovers are delighted to confirm the appointment of Ian Bennett as the club’s new first team goalkeeping coach.

The former Birmingham City, Leeds, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town goalkeeper joins Gary McSheffrey’s coaching staff alongside assistant manager Steve Eyre.

Bennett replaces Steve Hernandez in the role after he returned to his previous position as head of Academy goalkeeping.

The Worksop-born goalkeeper enjoyed a playing career which spanned more than 25 years, after starting as a youngster at Queens Park Rangers in 1988.

The 50-year-old had spells in the Premier League with both Sheffield United and Birmingham, making over 350 appearances during his 12 years with the Blues.

His coaching career began in the Huddersfield Academy before taking on a similar role at Nottingham Forest. He was then promoted to senior goalkeeping coach at the City Ground where he worked alongside Aitor Karanka.

He made the move to fellow Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough in 2020 and has spent the past two years at the Riverside.

Bennett said: “First impressions, it’s a really good club to join.

“We want to get the club going forward again.

“It’s a good time to be coming into the club, with the manager and a couple of people I already know in Steve Eyre and Steve Hernandez.

“We know the foundations they’re setting and what we’re doing with the players and hopefully we can put that in place.”

Manager Gary McSheffrey said: “It’s a real coup for the club.

“We were aware he became available and had an initial chat a few weeks back. It was nice to get him in.

“Getting someone of Benno’s experience to work with the first team is so key for the club. It shows the players we mean business.

“He knows the game inside and out.”

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