Trevor Carson believes it was a ‘no brainer’ to appoint Roy Carroll as Northern Ireland’s new senior goalkeeping coach.
Carson knows Carroll well from their time together as players in the international set-up and the Killyleagh man is keen to work with the former Manchester United man going forward as part of Ian Baraclough’s squad.
The 33-year-old has been given a new lease of life with his summer move from Motherwell to Dundee United and, with injury problems behind him, Carson is an excellent option for Northern Ireland with his experience and quality. He has had a positive conversation with boss Baraclough and is passionate about adding to his tally of six caps.
“When I signed for Dundee United, I had a good chat with Ian,” he explains.
“There were no promises which I totally get but I have made it clear I will never retire from Northern Ireland and I would love to be part of the squad going forward.”
On Carroll’s appointment, taking over from Steve Harper, Carson added: “ I was delighted when I heard Roy got the job. He was with the squad earlier this year when Harps was unavailable and, for me, it was a no brainer. I wasn’t surprised one bit.
“Roy knows it is early in his coaching career and it is a big step up for him and a challenge but, talking to him, he is so looking forward to it.
“In terms of a goalkeeping coach, you could sit and talk to Roy for an hour long session and not even catch a ball and you would go away feeling a million dollars. That’s the type of Roy. He is infectious and I think it will be a seamless transition for the boys and I’m so pleased for him because he is a great guy.”
Carson was a favourite at Motherwell, helping them reach two Cup finals in one season under Stephen Robinson, but his latter years at Fir Park were blighted by injury.
After some down times, he is feeling upbeat again at the prospect of playing for his new team and new manager Tam Courts
“It’s a fantastic club,” he says. “The manager rang me the night before I signed and he asked for the names of my kids and the day I signed, I had two tops, one for my daughter and one for my son with their names on the back. It’s classy touches like that which make you feel you are part of something special.
“I’ve recovered from injury and I’ll be ready when my chance comes and am determined to do really well for the club.”