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Neil Cutler: Why I couldn't turn down Aston Villa

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Neil Cutler: Why I couldn't turn down Aston Villa

New Aston Villa Goalkeeping Coach Neil Cutler says the lure of working with Dean Smith again was simply too strong, after he joined his staff officially last Friday.

Cutler worked alongside both Smith and Richard O'Kelly at Walsall previously, and pinpointed their excellence as the main reason for his arrival.

In a lengthy, highly-detailed first chat with Club TV, Cutler discusses his career path, philosophies and why his goalkeepers will always be first out, last in on the training pitch.

He also talks up the potential of current number one Ørjan Nyland, saying he can be as good as he wants to be.

On the primary attraction to Villa, he said: "Mainly, it was Dean Smith, who I've worked with before. We had a great working relationship and enjoyed success together at Walsall.

"Richard O'Kelly was with us at the time, too. So the pull of working with them both again was huge.


"The way I developed as a coach with Dean, not just technically and tactically, but as a person as well was key.

"I learned a lot about improving psychologically with them – emotional base lines and keeping them level. I developed so much on that front.

"The key for me is I always try and improve. I keep moving forward and don't like to stand still. Dean and Richard are the same. That's why I couldn't turn this down."


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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 7th November 2018