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Neal hails Ashley's impact

16 July 2013

New coach has been a key influence says the boss

since his arrival at AFC Wimbledon last month.Ashley Bayeshas saluted the contribution of Neal Ardley 

, Neal Ardley highlighted the positive influence of Wimbledon’s new goalkeeper coach in training and his talent when required between the sticks during pre-season matches.Dons PlayerSpeaking to

he gives those players belief and his work-rate is phenomenal.Jordan Knight and Billy Bishop“Ashley has been fantastic,” said Neal. “He has played well in the games and in terms of his communication you can hear him all around the training ground. That means you can certainly hear him on the pitch. Watching Ashley coach has been absolutely fantastic; with young lads such as

I am really pleased with the way it has gone and Ashley is going to be a real asset to us next season.” “It is an expertise job and he is providing something that I cannot do with some things that only goalkeepers can see.

’s appointment as Under-21 Development Coach has completed Neal’s summer overhaul in terms of backroom staff with a new goalkeeper coach and club physio having also been recruited during a busy summer.Shaun North

Neal believes that Shaun is a great addition to his staff – and the former Bristol Rovers assistant manager today showed his qualities by taking a coaching session with the first-team.

, who played a major part in recruiting Shaun,” said Neal. “I sat in on the interviews with board members, but Mark did a lot of the work.Mark Robinson“I think a rigorous recruitment process has brought in a very good person for the job and full credit to

“Shaun has been at training last week and this week watching the first-team, in particular looking at the young players; what habits they have got and what can be worked upon. Shaun took a session with the first-team boys today and they loved it. We have a good man to take the young players forward.”

Dons Player subscribers can now watch an in-depth eight-minute interview with Neal Ardley, in which he talks about his plans for the rest of pre-season and developments with potential new signings. Also on our premium site is an interview with Ross Worner ahead of his Wimbledon debut tomorrow night against Charlton Athletic.


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