Newly appointed goalkeeping coach, Eric Nixon, expresses his excitement about his role and is looking forward to working with the Spireites goalkeepers.
Best known in his playing days for spells with Manchester City and Tranmere Rovers, Nixon also wore the gloves for the likes of Wolves, Carlisle United, Blackpool, Bradford City, Stockport County, and Sheffield Wednesday.
After working towards his coaching badges before his retirement as a player, the latest addition to Chesterfield’s backroom staff became a full time goalkeeping coach with Tranmere Rovers in 2004 before moving to Fleetwood Town in 2008.
“I felt as though when I finished football I wanted to go back into the coaching side of it. Passed my UEFA A license goalkeeping, UEFA A licence football, I’m an FA tutor, I’m a personal training instructor so I’m qualified in most things,” said Nixon, speaking to Spireites Player.
Having left Fleetwood in 2011, the goalkeeping coach took a break from professional football until he received the call from Chesterfield earlier this month.
Nixon spoke about his conversation with the club’s management: “I actually played my last ever game for Chris [Turner] at Sheffield Wednesday and played in the same teams as Paul Cook.
“They’ve given me a bell recently and I’ve come across and had a chat with them and I’m full time for Chesterfield now. I’m going to enjoy it, I’ve been out the game for a while and I’m looking forward to getting the appetite back.”
The former Tranmere Rovers ‘keeper believes the Spireites are a team destined for success and is confident he can help the club push towards their goals.
Nixon said: “Chesterfield want to go places and I want to be part of that. They’ve got two up and coming, young, goalkeepers that I’m quite pleased I can go and work with and hopefully I can make them better goalkeepers.
“I’m quite confident I can bring these two ‘keepers on, and I’m sure they want to learn.”
After a busy week at the Proact Stadium, Nixon joins Kevin Lynch, Gerry Carr and Mark Smith as part of Chesterfield’s new-look backroom department and believes they will do as much as they can to help the current Spireites boss.
The goalkeeping coach said: “I think he [Paul Cook] wants to put his own stamp of authority on the training pitch as well as on the match itself. Paul’s a magnificent character anyway, he’ll have his own way of doing things and obviously we’re here to back him 100 per cent.”
You can watch the full interview on Spireites Player.