‘Never say never’ – Former Spurs man asked if he would join Conte’s coaching staff 

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Former Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has hinted that he might be open to joining Antonio Conte’s coaching staff as Spurs’ goalkeeping coach.

Spurs’ ex-goalkeeping coach Rui Barbosa left the club alongside Nuno Espirito Santo two weeks ago. 

Antonio Conte has been confirmed as the club’s head coach, and the Italian has brought a five-man team with him, including Cristian Stellini, who will serve as the assistant head coach, his brother Gianluca Conte, who will be the technical and analytics coach, and three fitness coaches in Costantino Coratti, Gian Piero Ventrone and Stefano Bruno.

In addition, former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason has also joined Conte’s team as first-team coach.

However, the club are yet to appoint a goalkeeping coach, simply stating instead that they will fill the position in due course.

Friedel, who made 67 appearances for Tottenham under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas, has now refused to rule out returning to the club in a coaching capacity.

When asked if he would take the job if offered, the former USA international, who was succeeded as Tottenham’s number one by Hugo Lloris, told Cartilage Free Captain: “Who knows. You never say never to things in football!”

Spurs Web Opinion 

I am pretty sure Friedel is just joking and that he does not actually expect to be offered the job. Interestingly, while the American has experience working as a head coach and assistant coach (for brief periods), he has not never actually served as a goalkeeping coach despite being such a fine goalkeeper during his playing days.

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