Aberdeen confirm appointment of Craig Hinchliffe as head of goalkeeping

Craig Hinchliffe before a Viaplay Cup group stage match between Stenhousemuir and St Johnstone
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Aberdeen have confirmed the appointment of Craig Hinchliffe as head of goalkeeping following the departure of Craig Samson earlier this month.

Samson joined Hibs in a similar role, with Hinchliffe joining the Dons days after keeper Dimitar Mitov, who he coached at St Johnstone, sealed his move to Pittodrie.

Hinchliffe had spells at at Arbroath and St Mirren before spending six years at Partick Thistle in a player-coach role, before moving with manager Jackie McNamara to Dundee United and then to York City.

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He then became goalkeeping coach at Motherwell, working with the likes of Scotland international Liam Kelly, and stayed for five years before another brief spell at Tannadice.

Hinchliffe then joined St Johnstone last June where he recruited and trained Bulgarian shot stopper Mitov.

With seventeen years of coaching experience, he now moves to the Granite City to form part of Jimmy Thelin’s backroom staff, that also contains assistants Emir Bajrami, Christer Persson and Peter Leven.

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Commenting on his move to the Dons, Craig told the club website: "It’s fantastic to be here and be part of an exciting new chapter for the Club.

"There is a real positive energy around the place and I’m looking forward to working alongside the new management team, and of course, a very talented group of goalkeepers."

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Thelin added: "I am delighted to welcome Craig as our new Head of Goalkeeping. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly of Scottish football which was important to us.

"He also has a strong relationship with Dimitar having worked with him at St Johnstone. We believe he will be a real asset to our club.

"He shares our passion and enthusiasm for coaching and we’ve no doubt he will help to improve the goalkeepers we have here at Aberdeen."