By Will Butcher
Hull City have announced that goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh has joined Aston Villa.
Walsh has been high on the shortlist of new Villa boss Steve Bruce since his move to the Midlands giants, and after a breakthrough in talks Bruce has captured his man.
Hull revealed the news on their official Twitter account, as Walsh becomes the second member of Hull’s backroom staff to join Bruce at Villa Park after Stephen Clemence became reunited with Bruce as first-team coach.
— Hull City (@HullCity) November 1, 2016
The news was confirmed shortly afterwards on Aston Villa’s Twitter page.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 1, 2016
This comes after Hull’s new manager Mike Phelan had publicly declared his delight at seeing Walsh remain with the Tigers in quotes published by the Hull Daily Mail, less than three weeks ago.
Bruce has been looking to bring in a new goalkeeping coach after telling former Manchester City coach Massimo Battara that he could leave Villa Park upon his arrival.
Former Wigan and Sunderland manager Bruce quit Hull in the summer following a breakdown in his relationship with Tigers vice-chairman Ehab Allam.
Bruce decided to leave his post at Hull despite gaining promotion to the Premier League with the Tigers, and has since joined Aston Villa where he is looking to gain his fifth promotion from England’s second tier.
Walsh enjoyed a lengthy playing career that lasted 21 years, where he turned out for the likes of Bradford, Wigan and Middlesbrough after coming through the academy at Manchester United.
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