Phil Parkinson verdict on why new Sunderland goalkeeping coach Lee Butler will prove a ‘great appointment’

Sunderland AFC have announced a new goalkeeping coach with Lee Butler joining – and Phil Parkinson believes he will prove a ‘great appointment’.

Saturday, 2nd November 2019, 6:26 pm
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The former Bolton Wanderers coach replaces Craig Samson, who was brought to the club by Jack Ross.

Butler has previously worked with Jon McLaughlin at Bradford City when Parkinson was manager there and the Sunderland boss is confident he will be a strong addition to his coaching staff.

A club statement read: “Butler joins from League One side Bolton Wanderers, reuniting with former Trotters boss Phil Parkinson and assistant manager Steve Parkin.

“The 53-year-old featured for numerous sides during a playing career that spanned more than two decades, with Aston Villa, Barnsley, Wigan Athletic and Halifax Town included amongst his former clubs.

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“Butler worked at Bradford City during Parkinson’s reign at Valley Parade, before following the Sunderland manager to the University of Bolton Stadium in June 2016.

“SAFC would also like to thank departing goalkeeping coach Craig Samson for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Parkinson, speaking after the 1-0 win over Southend United, said: “He will be a great appointment for us.

“He is looking forward to working with the first team keepers and the younger keepers too, working with Pruds [Mark Prudhoe] - who he knows well - to get the best out of our goalies.”

Asked whether he was now happy with his coaching options, Parkinson added: “Yeah we are pleased with the staff, we are trying to get the balance right in that area and Lee is a good addition.”