Coach Spink joins Latics
Goalkeeping coach Nigel Spink has moved from Birmingham to Wigan to join up again with Steve Bruce.
Last Updated: 05/01/08 2:00pm
Goalkeeping coach Nigel Spink has rejoined Steve Bruce's backroom staff.
Spink worked with Bruce at Birmingham and has now joined his former boss at Wigan as the Latics fight to stay in the Premier League.
His switch came a day after Wigan's own goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh moved to Derby to link up again with former Latics boss Paul Jewell.
Spink will now work with keepers Chris Kirkland, Mike Pollitt and Carlo Nash, along with the younger shot-stoppers at the club.
Welcoming his old goalkeeping coach back into the fold, Bruce said: "Nigel is a superb coach, a top lad and someone I know very well, having worked with him so closely at Birmingham.
"He has seen it and done it all as far as football goes and I am delighted to have him on board.
"I am sure Chris Kirkland, Mike Pollitt and Carlo Nash, along with the younger keepers at the club, will benefit hugely from having him on board because he is one of the best around and another fantastic addition to my back-room staff."
Spink was a top-class keeper in his day, making 460 appearances for Aston Villa, including the 1982 European Cup final.
In that game, he replaced the injured Jimmy Rimmer early on and kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Now 49, Spink is relishing his new job.
He said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.
"There are three top-class keepers at the club, and I'm told some really promising youngsters.
"Of course I know Steve Bruce, Eric Black (assistant manager) and Keith Bertschin (reserve team coach) very well, and I just can't wait to get started.
"There's a lot of hard work ahead, with the potential in the squad immense."