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SNEAK PEEK: Introducing Steve Hale

27 November 2018

In tonight's Boundary Park Life match programme we catch up with new goalkeeper coach Steve Hale. Here is a preview of what you can expect...

Frankie Bunn bolstered his backroom staff this week with the signing of experienced goalkeeping coach Steve Hale who has signed a permanent deal.

For the keen eyed Latics supporters, many of them would have seen that Hale has been with the club for the past few weeks as he essentially underwent a ‘trial’ period.

Hale says he is settling in well with the club and has enjoyed his short time so far.

“The manager rang me up and asked me to come for ten days initially just to have a look at me and for me to look at the club and it's worked quite well.” He said.

“I've been here since the Stevenage game and we've had some good trips already to Notts County and Hampton in the FA Cup before my first home game against Cambridge.

“After that game we struck a deal and that's it we're all done, I'm here on a permanent basis and I've fitted in well.”

Hale says he has had a warm welcome from the backroom staff as well as the players, although he is struggling with certain aspects of working up north, he jokes.

“The backroom staff have been fantastic they've really made me feel welcome, some real characters in there and the players have been great as well, so I'm enjoying it.” He commented.

“The only thing I'm struggling with is me being a southern softie and trying to understand the northern accents and what they're saying at times!

“But, no they've been good and made me feel welcome from the off which really helps when you're trying to settle in.”

To read the full article, make sure you pick up a copy of tonight's Boundary Park Life programme for just £3.

Whilst you're here...

The EFL annual general meeting, which took place over the summer, saw clubs vote to remove the obligation to print a programme at every home game.

Despite this change in the league rules, Latics will continue to produce a 64-page programme for every home league game and a reduced edition for cup matches - but it needs your backing.

While our club partners continue to support us, and fans still buy the programme in sufficient numbers, we will continue to produce a programme for the foreseeable future.

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