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Bayzo rises to the challenge

Goalkeeper Coach remains determined to produce one of our own

26 February 2021

Ashley Bayes has returned to his role in our new-look coaching structure with renewed vigour and determination to produce a homegrown keeper for our first team.

“The biggest thing that I want to do at this football club is get my own goalkeeper through the system and into the first team,” said Bayzo. “That is my main challenge and I’m confident that I’ll do that, given the time.”

A rejuvenated Bayzo was speaking after new Head Coach Mark Robinson announced his backroom staff this week. Our Goalkeeping Coach has always been a larger than life character and following Robbo’s appointment, Bayzo’s boundless sense of energy shows no signs of letting up - even after nearly eight years of loyal service.

“The dynamics have changed with Robbo in terms of what he wants from a goalkeeper and it’s challenging me as a coach,” said Bayzo. “I love a challenge! I love improving and making myself better, but most of all I’m now doing different things in training. It’s been nice for me as a coach and I’m really enjoying it.

“I’ve been here a long time now. When things change, you always hope you’ll still be a part of it. It was nice to step up from Goalkeeping Coach to Assistant Manager for a few games with Robbo. I’m back to my usual role now, but there’s a lot more to it. I’m delighted, as everyone knows what the club means to me. I’m into my eighth year now, so long may it continue!

“I have had offers to go elsewhere – I’m not going to lie! If I went, it would probably be higher. I’m ambitious, I’m driven, I want to work at the highest level I can as a goalkeeping coach, but Wimbledon fits for me!

“Although I’m the first team goalkeeping coach, I do like developing a keeper. I can bring a raw goalkeeper in and I’m confident that when they leave the club, that they’ll be a better goalkeeper.”

To watch an extensive interview with Ashley Bayes, including his aims for the future in the role, click below on the link to our official YouTube channel.  

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