Marlon goes north of the border
Former Burnley goalkeeper Marlon Beresford has today been confirmed as the new goalkeeping coach at Motherwell following the appointment of Stephen Robinson, who was with Oldham Athletic earlier this season, as manager.
Robinson left Motherwell to join Oldham in the summer but returned as Mark McGhee’s number two when he lost his job at Boundary Park. When McGhee was sacked recently, he took over as caretaker and has now landed the job on a permanent basis until the end of next season.
He’s immediately installed Beresford, who he played alongside at Luton, as his goalkeeping coach with the former Claret having previously coached with the Irish FA and at Barnet.
Marlon said of his new role: “It all happened very quickly, but I’m delighted to be here and I look forward to linking up with Stephen Robinson again. I’ve known him for a long time. I played with him at Luton and he took me to Northern Ireland to work with the under 21s, 19s and 17s over there so I jumped at the opportunity to come here.
“Not only do I know the gaffer well but I know Stephen Craigan too (Motherwell under 20s manager) so it’s been really easy settling in, everyone has been very friendly and welcoming.”
Beresford had three spells with the Clarets. Jimmy Mullen signed him in August 1992 and he was with us until March 1998 when he was sold to Middlesbrough. He returned on loan during the 2001/02 season and then, in the following season, was with us on short term contracts before being released at the end of the season.
He made over 350 appearances for the Clarets, making a debut against Rotherham with his last Turf Moor appearance for Burnley coming in a 7-2 defeat against his first club Sheffield Wednesday for whom he hadn’t made a debut. Prior to signing for us he’d enjoyed loans with Bury, Northampton (twice) and Crewe.
He finally made his Wednesday debut during a loan from Middlesbrough and he also spent time on loan at Wolves before returning to Turf Moor. He played a few games for York before returning again and after leaving the Clarets in 2003, he played for Bradford City, Luton (twice), Barnsley and Oldham.
He kept a clean sheet in his last ever Football League game. That was a 1-0 win for Oldham at Tranmere in November 2007 when the opposing goalkeeper was Danny Coyne who had re-signed for Tranmere having left Turf Moor in the previous summer.Follow UpTheClarets:
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