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Martin O'Connor rejoins Walsall as coach

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Manager Dean Keates has moved to shake things up at Walsall by adding Martin O'Connor to his coaching staff.

Martin O'Connor

O'Connor, who enjoyed two stints with the Saddlers as a player, also had a spell as assistant manager at the Banks's Stadium under Chris Hutchings.

Walsall are currently embroiled in a relegation scrap in League One following a run that has seen them lose each of their last five games.

And speaking after the loss at Coventry on Saturday, Keates confirmed there would be changes at the club's Essington training base this week in a bid to turn their form around.

One of those changes has seen O'Connor brought in as a first team coach – with the Express & Star understanding the 51-year-old has initially agreed a deal until the end of the season.

"From the first day I have always wanted to add another member of staff," Keates said.

"It’s something I have been chipping away at for the past few weeks.

"Martin has had other commitments so he had to get things in place.

"But he is somebody I know well. I have known him for years, I have played alongside him, I’ve shared a changing room with him.

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"As a person he is a great person. He is very vocal and it’s a different voice, he will help freshen things up.

"It can’t just be me and Andy (Davies) all the time. For me, it is a great addition for the club going forward."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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