Crossley snubs Canaries

PUBLISHED: 11:22 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 10 September 2010

Veteran Mark Crossley has revealed he turned down an offer to become Norwich City's goalkeeping coach to sign a new deal at Oldham. Crossley, 38, has agreed a new one-year contract to extend his stay at Boundary Park after joining on a free transfer from Fulham last summer.

Veteran Mark Crossley has revealed he turned down an offer to become Norwich City's goalkeeping coach to sign a new deal at Oldham.

Crossley, 38, has agreed a new one-year contract to extend his stay at Boundary Park after joining on a free transfer from Fulham last summer.

The former Nottingham Forest star will remain involved in Oldham's coaching set-up and will oversee the development of the League One club's young goalkeepers next season.

“I'm very pleased to have extended my contract, and I wouldn't have done so if I didn't want to stay,” Crossley told the club's official website.

“I had the opportunity to go to Norwich as goalkeeping coach, and they also approached me midway through last season.

“But I'm very happy at Oldham and I want to keep on playing as long as I can.”

Former City 'keeper Bryan Gunn has been acting goalkeeper coach at Colney since the sudden exit of James Hollman in mid-season.

City recruited former Wimbledon boss Stuart Murdoch as Hollman's replacement in January, but he had a change of heart and left just 48 hours after his appointment was announced.

Before that, former Northern Ireland 'keeper Tommy Wright had been expected to take the job, but he chose to stay in club management with Ballymena United.

Wright, 44, resigned from Ballymena, however, after Saturday's Carnegie Premier game at Newry City, and is now out of work. He said he was planning a complete break from football.

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