You won't have to look far to find Bolton Wanderers fans of the opinion that Fred Barber should never have been made to leave the club. The former Trotters goalkeeping coach responsible for the rises of Jussi Jaaskelainen, Ali Al-Habsi, and Adam Bogdan was essentially forced out when Owen Coyle brought in his own coaching staff.
In early 2010, Coyle had attempted to install Phil Hughes as the goalkeeping coach but Jussi Jaaskelainen threatened to leave the club. In hopes of keeping the star goalkeeper happy, Barber remained on for another two-and-a-half years, until June 12, before Hughes was finally brought in, taking his place. The move, coupled with the emergence of Adam Bogdan, was the last straw for Jussi Jaaskelainen who would move to West Ham United in the summer.
Barber would go on to become the goalkeeper coach at Bury FC in October, 2012.
Now, Fred Barber is making moves in his career as he has been appointed the assistant manager at League Two side York City. The Minstermen are currently struggling, sitting 18th and four points clear of the drop in their division. The move comes as a result of York City appointing Nigel Worthington manager, following the sacking of Gary Mills on 2 March, 2013.
Speaking of his new right-hand man, Worthington told the York Press:
"Fred used to come in a couple of afternoons when I was at Blackpool and he was working for Bolton. I also had him with me at Northern Ireland and he brings fantastic knowledge and experience.
"He works the 'keepers extremely hard and he has played a huge part in Jussi Jaaskelainen's achievements."
Congratulations are in order for Fred Barber as well as best wishes and hopes of good luck at his new venture.