Hartis returns to Man Utd as senior goalkeeping coach

Hartis had a brief spell at Leeds United with Uwe Rosler

Hartis had a brief spell at Leeds United with Uwe Rosler

RICHARD HARTIS has left the Football Association to become senior goalkeeping coach at Manchester United.

That makes him senior to Emilio Alvarez, who arrived at United under Jose Mourinho in July 2016. The Spaniard was appointed mainly because of his close relationship with David de Gea, with whom he had worked for several years at Atletico Madrid.

Hartis was Head of Academy Goalkeeping at United from 2000 to 2010 and worked with the first team in 2007/08, when they won the Premier League and Champions League.

He went on to become part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching staff at Molde and Cardiff City and also had a short spell at Leeds United with Uwe Rosler. Most recently, Hartis worked as national goalkeeping coach for the professional development phase for the Football Association and was part of the 2017 Under-20 World Cup-winning team.

He said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to Manchester United - a club that I know very well. I have a great relationship with Ole and I fully understand his philosophy. The chance to work with him again is really exciting.

“David (De Gea), Sergio (Romero), Lee (Grant) and Dean (Henderson) are an excellent group of goalkeepers and I am also looking forward to working with Emilio and the rest of the goalkeeping coaches to develop the immense talent at the club.”

Solskjaer added: “Richard is a fantastic goalkeeping coach and has a proven track record of developing goalkeepers for winning teams. The depth in goalkeeping talent at Manchester United is exceptional and I know that Richard can help to take them to the next level.

“Richard’s coaching abilities will really complement our current coaches and everyone is looking forward to working with him.”

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