Shay is excited at the arrival of Terry Gennoe – revealing he relishes training each day with the “bubbly” goalkeeping coach. Shay spent three years at Blackburn and six years at Newcastle with Gennoe and rates the 58-year-old very highly because of his engaging sessions. He also pointed to Gennoe’s “professionalism” too, with no stone unturned in the build-up to matchday.
Shay says: “I have worked with Terry for many years. He’s one of the best – if not the best – goalkeeping coaches I have ever had. He is very bubbly, a really great character to have about the place. He changes things every day and keeps things fresh. It’s not the same mundane stuff every day.”
“You’re going into training buzzing about what you’re going to be doing each day. That’s a good thing.
“He’s ultra professional. He always covers what things you are going to encounter on a matchday too. That’s hugely important.
“By the time the game comes he will have covered everything. From a mental side, you feel comfortable because you know you’ve covered everything you need to that week.”
Shay also thinks Gennoe will be a massive help to the young shot-stoppers in the camp, as they look to eke out a career in the game.
Shay began working with Gennoe as an 18-year-old and thinks those formative years were vastly important in his development.
Shay added: “It’s great to have Terry on board – not just for me but for the other goalkeepers aswell.
“The young lads will benefit from working with him.
“When I first started working with him I was 18. He was a huge help to me and I think he will be fantastic for the young lads at the club too.
“He will really help them become better goalkeepers. He is very good.”