ANDY QUY: GOALKEEPING COACH AT MLS NEW BOYS CHARLOTTE FC
- Lands key role with American expansion franchise in Carolina
- Leaves Burton Albion in English league One to begin a new adventure
- Has played a key role in developing international stars Sorensen, Butland and Begovic during Stoke stint
FOOTBALL is set to explode in Carolina, USA, next year with the launch of MLS expansion club Charlotte FC - and Andy Quy will be at the heart of it all.
The 45-year-old Sport Careers Agency client has been appointed to a new role with the fledgling American franchise and will oversee the development of keepers throughout the Academy.
Quy will also work under Charlotte Head Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez with the first team and Andy said: "I'm very excited to come to the Carolinas and join Charlotte FC from the inaugural season.
"The opportunity to be part of Miguel's staff and have a hand in building the culture of a new club is incredibly exciting to me.
"For our goalkeepers, I want to foster a competitive culture where players stay driven and continually strive to be their best while developing youngsters throughout the Academy so they can one day join our first team."
Quy brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
He spent 12 years at Stoke City where he played his part in the development of international stars Thomas Sorensen (Denmark), Jack Butland (England) and Asmir Begovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Now - after an influential spell at Brentford where he coached current Premiership star David Raya - Quy has left behind his role at English League One side Burton Albion to begin his American adventure.
Andy is in on the ground floor of some story.
Charlotte, owned by billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper, will play at Bank of America Stadium which is a 75,525-seat gridiron venue that is the home of NFL's Carolina Panthers.
The stadium is to be renovated to accommodate "soccer" with new dressing-rooms and a tunnel at halfway and the club plans to use only the lower section of the vast arena with capacity capped at 40,000 fans.
And Charlotte FC Sporting Director Zoran Krneta is happy to have landed Andy to be a part of it all.
He said: "Andy comes to us with a proven track record of coaching and developing quality goalkeepers and we're very excited for him to come to Charlotte and be a part of Miguel's coaching staff.
"The goalkeeper position is a vital part of any successful team, and that is especially true in Major League Soccer, so having an experienced coach like Andy gives our club a competitive advantage at the first team level.
"He is also a key addition for our academy as we produce talented goalkeepers here in the Carolinas."