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Ben Roberts leaves

Real shame about losing Ben Roberts who moved to Brighton today. I was equally disappointed when Nathan Jones went the same route. Like Jones, Roberts has had a very positive impact on many of the players he has coached – Ben Hamer, Stephen Henderson, Nick Pope, Dillon Phillips, Dimitar Mitov, John Sullivan, Ben Alnwick, David Button. The list goes on.

Talk was that Roberts was increasingly frustrated with the goings on at The Valley despite his love of the place. Having every few months to have start again with a new head coach and varied hangers on probably has not helped the situation. Going back to Brighton doesn’t just represent a new challenge, it is perhaps also a steadier and plain sailing ship.

Roberts had an eye for spotting talent, is a great coach and was very influential on the training ground, and in the dressing room. Sure there will be other goalkeeping coaches, but will they be as good and have such a consequential impact on our players?

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