Tony Caig

Head of Goalkeeping

  • Date Joined: 22nd November 2016
I am a dedicated, driven and highly ambitious Head of Goalkeeping who made the transition into coaching following a professional playing career of close to 500 1st team games in England, Scotland, United States and Canada.

Throughout my coaching career, I have demonstrated a proficiency in designing innovative coaching curriculums and individual development programmes specific to a player’s needs, at Academy and 1st team level, to enhance their attributes.

I am adept in goalkeeper and player recruitment, talent identification and analysis and utilise video analysis to enhance technical and tactical session planning, I can perform a key role within a multidisciplinary management team.
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Coaching Philosophy:

✔ Ensure sessions challenge the goalkeepers development needs and requirements
✔ Sessions are designed based around the Four Corner Development Model
✔ This focuses on Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological development
✔ Encourage all goalkeepers under my tutelage to become students of the game
✔ Encourage them to take ownership of their development
✔ At all times provide social and psychological guidance for all goalkeepers
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Professional Playing Career:

Represented Newcastle United FC, Hibernian FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Blackpool FC, Hartlepool United FC, Carlisle United FC, Workington AFC, Chesterfield FC, Houston Dynamo FC, Gretna FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Barnsley FC.

Key Achievements:
✔ 1995 English Football League Division Three champions
✔ 1995 EFL Trophy finalist with Carlisle United FC
✔ 1997 gained promotion to English Football League Division Two
✔ 1997 EFL Trophy winner with Carlisle United FC
✔ 1997 selected in the PFA Division Three Team of the Year
✔ 2006 USL Championship Winner with Vancouver Whitecaps FC
✔ 2010 National League Goalkeeper of the Year
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Key Players Worked With:

• Jordan Pickford • Dean Henderson • Tim Krul • Fraser Forster • Benjamin Siegrist • Trevor Carson
• Jack Newman • Leo Fasan • Shay Given • Steve Harper • Ben Amos • Liam Kelly • Matija Sarkic
• Robby McCrorie • Max Stryjek • Mark Gillespie • Ryan Schofield • Adam Collin • Joe Murphy
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Testimonials:

“Tony is someone I worked with for three years and his professionalism, attention to detail and work ethic was of a very high standard throughout our time together. Tony not only improved our goalkeepers to international recognition but his overall support for me as manager was immeasurable. He was someone I could turn to for advice on many occasions.”
- Gary Holt: Sporting Director, Falkirk FC & Former Head Coach, Livingston FC

“The level of detail that Tony put into improving me technically, tactically and physically as a goalkeeper was brilliant. Each working week had a purpose, covering as many possible scenarios that I was likely to face. The improvement Tony made to my performance levels were so great I moved onto a club in the English Championship. I’m forever grateful to him for the time he put into improving me every day we worked together.”
- Liam Kelly: Motherwell FC & Scotland

“I only had half a season with Tony at Livingston but I probably learnt the most in that short period of time. I wasn’t playing to begin with but Tony helped me, by showing me how to get into a team; making sure I’m the best in training, putting the pressure on my competition, keeping my standards high, so I was ready when called upon. I did all those things and kicked on from there. I wouldn’t be where I am today if Tony hadn’t been part of my journey.”
- Matija Sarkic: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC & Montenegro

“As Head of Goalkeeping at the Scottish FA, I have utilised Tony in a number of areas such as youth national teams and coach education. Tony has been a valuable member and a key part of the success the goalkeeping department has had, including the association being one of the first to receive the UEFA B Goalkeeping Licence. Tony has also been a key part of various youth national teams’ recruitment of goalkeepers, both in his knowledge and skillset but also his contacts within the game to provide key details on potential Scottish goalkeepers. I have found Tony to be a reliable and trustworthy person, who brings a great work ethic and personality to the group.”
- Fraser Stewart: Head of Goalkeeping, Scottish FA
Tony Caig

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • IPSO: Professional Football Scouting and Analysis

    IPSO
    Professional Football Scouting and Analysis
    2020

  • UEFA: Goalkeeping Licence Tutor

    UEFA
    Goalkeeping Licence Tutor
    2018

  • UEFA: A Goalkeeping Diploma

    UEFA
    A Goalkeeping Diploma
    2018

  • Scottish Football Association: Goalkeeping Licence Diploma

    Scottish Football Association
    Goalkeeping Licence Diploma
    2015

  • The Football Association: FA Youth Award Level 1, 2 & 3

    The Football Association
    FA Youth Award Level 1, 2 & 3
    2015

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2015

Career History

  • Dundee United FC

    Dundee United FC
    Head of Goalkeeping
    2021 – Present

  • Livingston FC

    Livingston FC
    Goalkeeping Coach & 1st Team Coach
    2018 – 2021

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Tutor
    2018 – Present

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    U16 to U21 Goalkeeping Coach & Scout
    2018 – Present

  • Newcastle United FC

    Newcastle United FC
    Academy Goalkeeper Coach
    2017 – 2018

  • Bury FC

    Bury FC
    Head of Goalkeeping
    2017 – 2017

  • Hartlepool United FC

    Hartlepool United FC
    Head of Goalkeeping
    2015 – 2017

  • Carlisle United FC

    Carlisle United FC
    Head of Goalkeeping & 1st Team Coach
    2011 – 2015

  • Carlisle United FC

    Carlisle United FC
    Player/Goalkeeping Coach
    2009 – 2011

  • Gretna FC

    Gretna FC
    Player/Goalkeeping Coach
    2007 – 2008

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC

    Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    Player/Goalkeeping Coach
    2006 – 2007

  • Canada Soccer

    Canada Soccer
    U17 & U19 Goalkeeping Coach
    2006 – 2007

Key Achievements

  • At Dundee United FC, Trevor Carson selected for the Northern Ireland Men’s National Team squad
  • At Dundee United FC, Jamie McCabe selected for a Scotland U16 training camp
  • At Livingston FC, Liam Kelly and Robby McCrorie, on loan from Rangers FC, selected for the Scotland Men’s National Team squad
  • At Livingston FC, Matija Sarkic, on loan from Aston Villa FC, selected for the Montenegro Men’s National Team squad
  • At Livingston FC, 2020/21 Scottish League Cup finalists and secured top six finishes in the SPFL Premiership in 2019/20 and 2020/21
  • At Livingston FC, 2017/18 achieved promotion to the SPFL Premiership, following SPFL Premiership Play-Off Final success
  • At the Scottish FA, oversee the coaching of various international age-group squad goalkeepers at training camps
  • At Newcastle United FC, Piotr Banda selected for Poland U15 training camp and Max Thompson selected for England U15 training camp
  • Hartlepool United FC goalkeeper Trevor Carson selected for the Northern Ireland Men’s National Team Squad
  • At Carlisle United FC, 2009/10 EFL Trophy finalists and EFL Trophy winners 2010/11

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