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Goalkeeping coach Danny Potter hoping to work his magic at AFC Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 15:49 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 08 June 2017

Danny Potter

Danny Potter

Paul Leech

Danny Potter believes he has a lot to offer AFC Sudbury after being appointed first-team goalkeeping coach at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

The 38-year-old, on the coaching staff at Leiston last season, has teamed up with manager Jamie Godbold and assistant boss Andy Reynolds as the Yellows look to win an immediate return to the Isthmian Premier.

Sudbury were relegated last season and are likely to start their new campaign in the North Division with a relatively young side, meaning experienced heads will be crucial.

“I have been involved with teams that have won promotion and fortunately I have never been relegated and I think I can offer a calming influence when things get tough,” said Potter, who runs his own goalkeeping school, DP Elite.

“I’m not afraid to say my piece and offer my thoughts to Andy and Jamie, but mainly I will be working with the goalkeepers and I want to give them everything I was given as a player.

“It’s not just about the physical side of being a goalkeeper, it’s also about dealing with the mental side too.”

Potter, a former professional with Cambridge United and TV star, who featured in SKY TV’s ‘Dream Team’, gained some crucial experience from his time on the sidelines at Leiston last season and hopes to put that to good use in west Suffolk.

“It was good while it lasted,” Potter explained.

“I learned so much from (first-team coach) Tony Kinsella while Glenn’s (Driver) man-management skills were great.

“It was also a challenge for me trying to make the transition from having been a player to becoming part of the coaching staff and knowing when to have that dressing room banter and when to be serious.

“I think I gained that respect from the players.”

Potter turned down a similar role with Billericay Town, the Ipswich-born coach citing the travel issues that job would have created, and has no thoughts of becoming a manager right now.

“I am happy doing the coaching for now,” he explained.

“Would I want to be a manager? Probably not.

“It’s not just about turning up to training, there are so many more things to deal with, like dealing with chairmen and budgets.”

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