Former Millwall shot stopper Maik Taylor been named the new goalkeeping coach of the Northern Ireland team.
Taylor began his inspiring career at Petersfield United before a move to Basingstoke Town and Farnborough United in 1995.
The 41-year-old, currently looking for a new club himself, has had a reputable career, playing 88 times for Northern Ireland between 1999 and 2011. He also played for many top clubs such as Birmingham City, Fulham and Leeds United.
Taylor told the BBC: "I have always enjoyed playing for Northern Ireland and to be given this opportunity is fantastic."
"I am thrilled to become involved with the squad and to have the chance to work with the goalkeepers for the remaining five games of the qualifying campaign."
"I am actively looking to play for another season; however nothing has come about at the moment and getting the opportunity to become involved with the Northern Ireland squad is one I didn’t want to miss."
Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neil described the goalkeeper as "a truly excellent professional whose experience will be invaluable in ensuring that our goalkeepers are well prepared and in the right frame of mind."
The Irish star spent a lot of time in Belfast a few months ago to gain his UEFA A and B licence.
Taylor will have a challenge on his hands, getting his keepers in shape to face both Russia and Portugal - their next two opponents at home. They then will travel to face Luxembourg, Azerbaijan and Israel respectively.
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