Dean Kiely has joined Crystal Palace as the club’s new goalkeeping coach.
Kiely is a former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper who has previously worked as Roy Hodgson’s goalkeeping coach during the Palace manager’s tenure at West Bromwich Albion in 2011-12. He won 11 international caps during his 21-year playing career, making 664 appearances for six clubs. Since leaving the Hawthorns, he has been goalkeeping coach at Norwich City and Preston North End.
Roy Hodgson said: “I’m really pleased to be teaming up again with Dean Kiely with whom I worked at West Bromwich Albion. I think it’s very good we’ve been able to replace Martyn Margetson with such an experienced and talented goalkeeping coach so that we maintain the quality of the teamwork behind the team.
“I’m indebted to the Chairman and Sporting Director Dougie Freedman for the work they put in to make his move from Preston possible, and I’m also pleased Dean has wanted to seize this chance to work again in the Premier League where I believe his talents as a goalkeeping coach belong.”.
Kiely was excited to be making the move south and linking up again with Hodgson.
He said: "I was one of Roy’s coaches at West Brom during a very successful time there once again at Premier League level and when I got the chance to come down here the connection is obviously part of the decision and it was an easy answer to say yes to the chance of coming down.
"I was thoroughly enjoying my time up at Preston North End and have worked with their manager, Alex Neil, across a good period of time but it’s great to have the opportunity to be back in the Premier League."
The 47 year old took his first training session at Copers Cope on Thursday morning and feels the competition for places between Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey can only be good for the club’s prospects.
He added: "I know both keepers from having played matches against teams I was involved in before and it’s good to have got started working with them already.
"No goalkeeper should rest on their laurels at anytime and in senior football competition is a healthy and positive thing. Having seen both from afar make contributions to the Premier League campaign I know the quality of them and as always there is a respect between the keepers but that competition for the place will only be good for this football club."
Having made just under 250 appearances for Charlton Athletic he returns to south London and fondly remembers the great rivalry between the clubs.
"I have been involved in some really lively affairs in derby games with Charlton Athletic and as professional footballer those are the type of matches you want to be part of and can remember some great contests over the years with Crystal Palace.”
Kiely replaces Martyn Margetson, who joined Everton last month.