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New Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts is making changes to his backroom staff and that has seen Danny Coyne leave after six years with the Shropshire club.

0607 burnley danny coyne 00Coyne had been the goalkeeping coach for most of that time but stepped in as caretaker manager during the 2018/19 season following the sacking of John Askey and won five of his six games before Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts was appointed.

Coyne had worked with Eric Ramsey and when Ricketts, who had been a team mate of Coyne’s with Wales, arrived he gave him the role of first team coach and said: “Danny and Eric have done a great job at the club before I came in. One of the plusses for me was how well they’d done. I’m fortunate to know them before I came in, we’ve tried to continue what they’ve started and put more players on it. I want to keep working with Eric and Danny closer, keep progressing and improving.”

That’s all changed now with Ricketts making big changes to the backroom staff and expected to bring in his own men ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Coyne spent three years with Burnley, from 2004 to 2007, but it wasn’t the best period of his career. During those three seasons he suffered two serious injuries, the first at QPR in 2004 and the second in a home game against Brighton almost a year later. In total, he made 40 league appearances for us of which we won just four.

He’d previously played for Tranmere, Grimsby and Leicester and on leaving Burnley he returned to his first club Tranmere where he was a regular for two years and then ended his career with Middlesbrough. His final game came in the FA Cup at Sunderland in January 2012 in a game that ended 3-3. Middlesbrough also included ex loan player Rhys Williams that day alongside future Claret Lukas Jutkiewicz while Phil Bardsley was in the Sunderland line up.

He started his coaching career with Sheffield United before moving to Shrewsbury in July 2013.

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