‘Clem’ makes step up from Academy role
- Paul Clements named at new Head of Goalkeeping
- 'Clem' steps up from HTAFC Academy role
- Comments from Head Coach David Wagner
Paul Clements has today been confirmed as the new Head of Goalkeeping at Huddersfield Town.
‘Clem’ steps up from his previous role as Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach; a position he has held at the Club for just over two seasons.
Paul arrived at ‘The Yorkshire Club’ from Wolverhampton Wanderers, having previously worked at Middlesbrough.
His career started in Boro’s community team back in 2005, where he developed a goalkeeping programme that acted as a link to the Club’s Academy. Paul subsequently became part of Middlesbrough’s goalkeeping department, whilst also working at international level training Tunisia’s Under-16 and Under-14 goalkeepers.
Paul then joined Wolves in 2012, working as a Goalkeeping Coach in the Club’s Academy for three seasons whilst working with the FA as a coaching tutor.
In his two seasons at Huddersfield Town, Paul as focused on the Academy players in the Youth Development Phase (12-16 year olds) and Professional Development Phase (16-18 year olds).
Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner explained:
“I believe everybody needs an opportunity to show what they can do and this is Paul’s. If it is possible and the right thing for the Club, we always want to give players and staff from our Academy the chance to progress.
“Paul has already worked with the First Team, as he has frequently joined us in training last season and spent time with the squad in Marbella during an international break. He is a good character and is a forward-thinking, modern goalkeeping coach, so I am looking forward to seeing the impact he has on our goalkeepers.
“In our idea, goalkeepers as very important. They obviously must be able to keep the ball out of the net, but they also need to be capable of playing with the ball at their feet. Paul’s job is to help our goalkeepers specialise in our playing identity.”
Paul replaces Nick Colgan, who has now departed the Club. Everyone at Huddersfield Town would like to wish Nick all the best in his future endeavours.