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ANKERGREN SETTLING INTO HIS NEW ROLE

6 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Casper Ankergren

Casper Ankergren is settling in well to his new role as assistant first-team goalkeeping coach, after hanging up his boots this summer.
 
Ankergren made 77 appearances for the Seagulls during seven years as a player, and explained that this was the next logical step following his retirement.
 
He said, “I’m Ben Roberts' assistant and he’s already given me jobs that I need to look into; besides that I can learn a lot from him. It’s going to be a very interesting year for me.
 
“It’s a really good chance for me to see what’s going on from the coaching side of things, but still be on the training pitch when I am needed.
 
“I haven’t played that many games over the last couple of years, but I love training and being in and around the boys. For me, it’s a perfect transition.”

Ben Roberts

The Dane sung the praises of goalkeeping coach Roberts and provided an insight into his meticulous attention to detail.
 
“For me, Ben is the best goalkeeping coach I’ve had in my career. He knows everything, and what’s going on in every league. I bet I could ask him about any keeper in Europe and he would know even the smallest details.
 
“He’s always well prepared in everything he does. That’s something that I want to learn from. He’s very clever and I’ve enjoyed working with him over the last two years as player.
 
“Now I am doing other jobs that he has asked me to look into. I go and see him every morning, have a chat about what we’re doing and that will be my day-to-day routine. I will fill in wherever I need to; there’s no routine as such.”

Casper Ankergren and Christian Walton

The former Seagulls shot-stopper is also aiming to help bring through the next generation of Albion keepers, and will pay close attention to the progress of Christian Walton and under-23 keeper Robert Sanchez.
 
“I try to be a good role model for them and be a person they can come to if they need anything. I will do all I can to help them and I’ve already done that.
 
“I will always try and help out any goalkeeper, and I have a really good relationship with them, especially Christian, who I have played with now for four years. I am really looking forward to seeing how his career progresses.
 
“We’ve got some very good talent at this club and that includes Rob Sanchez too. He’s a big talent that has got a lot to learn, but he has got all the tools there.
 
“For me, it’s now all about being the best-possible goalkeeping coach I can be.”


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