Ireland goalkeeping legend Shay Given has embarked on a new post-playing career with Championship side Derby County.
The 42-year-old, who was released by Stoke City at the end of the 2016/17 season but was reluctant to officially retire from the game, has been appointed as the Head Goalkeeping Coach at Derby as part of new manager Frank Lampard’s backroom team.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) June 29, 2018
Lampard expressed his happiness at having someone of Given’s calibre as both a coach and as a source of inspiration for the goalkeepers at Pride Park given his lengthy playing career and wealth of experience when he officially begins his new role on July 9th:
“I know Shay and his standing in the game as a goalkeeper and he’s right up there at the very top.
“He’s had many, many, years as a top goalkeeper. Performance wise he was incredible and he has now achieved his goalkeeper coaching license.
“I’m very pleased to have Shay as part of the team and not just for what he will bring as a goalkeeper coach, but what he will also bring to the dressing room in a much broader scheme.”
Given’s latest role surely, categorically, brings an end to his playing days, bringing the curtain down on a professional career that lasted for over two decades. In that time, he made over 630 senior appearances for eight clubs, earned 134 Ireland caps and went to the World Cup in 2002 and two European Championships with the Boys in Green.