Phoenix goalkeeper coach Jonathan Gould cuts short his stint at the club

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Goalkeeper coach Jonathan Gould has reluctantly cut short his third stint at the Wellington Phoenix.

The experienced goalkeeper coach re-joined the Phoenix in June, after seven years in the UK, where he spent time with West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough and Preston North End.

“I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to return to the club and I’m gutted to be leaving,” Gould said.

“But family comes first and as a husband and a father I need to be where they are in the UK.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Uffy (Ufuk Talay) and Gilly (Shaun Gill) and I wish them and the team all the best for the remainder of the season.

“When I left the Phoenix in 2015, it was a football team. Because of integral people, it’s now a club and a great place to work.”

Phoenix head coach Ufuk Talay is disappointed Gould is leaving the club but understands his reasons why.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Gouldy over the past few months,” Talay said.

“It’s been great having another experienced set of eyes in the coaching staff.

“We’re all going to miss him, but we won’t stand in the way of Gouldy returning home to be with his family.”

The Phoenix are assessing candidates to replace Jonathan Gould and hope to be able to make an appointment in the near future.

This story was first published on November 8, 2022.

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