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Posted Monday, April 6th 2020

Pat Mountain's insight into life behind the scenes

From preparing the first team goalkeepers to developing the younger ones, Pat Mountain takes a lot of satisfaction from his role as goalkeeping coach at Bristol City.

The former Newport County shot-stopper joined the coaching staff at City ahead of pre-season last summer and alongside Ali Hines works with the team of keepers in the Robins setup.

Mountain was forced into early retirement after a knee injury at 26 years of age but he had already turned attentions to his coaching badges.

His post-playing career he seen him work with clubs such as Cheltenham Town, Wolves and Hull City and it is the hands-on interaction which he enjoys as he looks to get the very best out of the keepers, who are all vying for the spot between the sticks on a matchday.

Discussing his role at City, Mountain said: “The main focus is coaching, preparing and working with the senior first team goalkeepers as well as the Under-23s keepers who train with us frequently, as well as keeping an eye and talking a lot with the loaned-out goalkeepers.

“I watched Max O’Leary live and watched video clips of games I couldn’t go to because obviously a lot clashed with Bristol City’s first-team fixtures. Also Jojo Wollacott was on loan at Forest Green Rovers at the same time so it’s balancing speaking to both of them, their clubs and preparing the goalkeepers here for first-team action.”

And on his favourite element of the job, he added: “It is the day to day, the interaction and feeling like you can work with the senior lads and help prepare them as best as they can be for games over the season, to keep them fit and strong but I also really like developing the younger ones and bringing them through into the first team environment as well.

“You’ve got to be mad to deal with these guys, they’re crazy themselves so to be in charge of them, to manager them and try to get the best out of them you have to have a bit of a screw loose! They’re good lads, really good lads. I know it sounds a bit of a cliché but they are really good people to work with as well as fantastic goalkeepers.”

Watch the profile feature Team Behind the Team: Pat Mountain