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Maik Taylor leaves role as Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach

Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor
Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor
Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor with NI stoppers Michael McGovern and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Northern Ireland are on the look-out for a new goalkeeping coach as Maik Taylor has stepped down from his role on Michael O'Neill's coaching staff.

The 47-year-old, who has been part of the set-up for the past five years, helped Northern Ireland reach the knock-out stages of UEFA EURO 2016, working closely with both Roy Carroll and Michael McGovern.

He has recently helped in the development of young goalkeepers such as Bailey Peacock Farrell and Conor Hazard but is stepping down from his post in a big to explore other interests in football.

Northern Ireland will appoint his successor in time for the start of the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign, which begins at home to Estonia on March 21.

Taylor was appointed goalkeeping coach at Northern Ireland in 2013 after his retirement from his own playing career, taking over when Tommy Wright was name St Johnstone manager.

The German-born stopper won 88 caps for Northern Ireland between 1999 and 2011. He was between the posts for the famous win over England in 2005 and came on as a first half substitute to help Northern Ireland beat Spain in 2006.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill said: “I would like to thank Maik for his excellent contribution over the past five years. He was a fantastic person to have around the squad and he did a great job in preparing our goalkeepers to perform at their best.

“Everyone involved with Northern Ireland wishes Maik well in his future coaching career.”

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