again DragonSoccer were able to get to the nerve centre of the Welsh team well to
their hotel at least. We spent some time with Danny Coyne and talked about his career so
far and his hopes for the future.
|Hello Danny and thanks for
agreeing to see DragonSoccer. "Its always a pleasure to meet you."
I know when we have spoken before that your first team was Prestatyn Wanderers and that
your earliest memories are playing as a ten year old but can you remember when you knew
that football was something special for you? "I always knew from the very first
time I kicked a football. I had the bug straight away and from then on I was only
interested in football."
When did you become aware that football was going to be your career? "When
I got my first contract with Tranmere Rovers. Before that I hoped obviously but it was
actually getting the contract that makes you realise and things are different then."
Have you ever played any position other than goalkeeper? " Yes I played Centre
Back for my school team." What made you decide that goalkeeper was the best
position for you? (Answers with a broad grin) " It was
"suggested" to me that I was probably better in goal."
If you had children and they showed an aptitude for football, would you
encourage them to go into the professional game? " Yes, most certainly I would
encourage them if thats what they wanted to do. But obviously I would just want them
to be happy in whatever they wanted to do but if that was football I would definitely give
them every encouragement." Is there anyone else in your family who is really good
at football? "I have a young cousin, Sam, who is looking very promising."
Was there anyone before you who was successful in football? "No I am the
only one in my family to make a career in football." If you werent a
professional footballer what do you think you might have done? "It would be
something connected with sport, yes definitely sport of some sort." When you had
a recall to the squad for the Belarus game, did it surprise you? "Yes I was really
surprised, but it was a nice surprise (smiles)."
How does it feel being involved with the Wales squad again? "I feel very
proud. It is a great feeling. Id really like to stay and be involved in helping to
build the team again." Do you see a great difference coming into the squad now?
When I spent time with them before the Argentina game I felt there was a much more
confident attitude and a far greater sense of self-belief. " Yes, you are right
there is a difference now. The atmosphere is wonderful and as you said there really is
Being someone who has experienced being part of the squad when it was suffering bad
defeats and now again when it has restored pride both in the squad and the fans. How much
difference do you see? "There is a huge difference and I think the fans can see
this. Everyone is playing with confidence." Do you think it has made a difference
that you have young players coming through without the baggage that the team carried in
the past? You now have young players who have only experienced at least a degree of
success and respect. Do you think this makes a big difference? " Hmmm, sometimes
being in a team not doing so well can help you. It teaches you things for the future.
Possibly having been through a difficult period helps to build a better squad."
Given the balance now and for future teams with the likes of young high quality
players like Craig Bellamy, Simon Davies, Jason Koumas, Matthew Jones and the Cardiff boys
and then the likes of yourself, Mark Delaney, John Hartson, Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage
who because of your vast experience and the fact that you have been high profile since you
were young, what were you when you were first capped 21 or 22 and Ryan was 17 we forget
you are still all only in your 20s. How do you see the future of Welsh football? "Looking
at the names you have just mentioned its pretty impressive isnt it? If we can
keep everyone together and build a team of players who know each other and know each
others game, it should help build a good team. I am very confident for the future of
Are you excited to be involved in Welsh football at this stage with so much look
forward to and build on? "Yes definitely! I am just happy to be here again. I am
excited just to be part of it all. It is a great feeling." Your performances for
Grimsby have been little short of spectacular on occasions. One match in the New Year you
were described as literally being under siege by the opposing team for 28 minutes or so
and I know you are very highly rated by the fans there. But do you feel you need to move
on or up a step now at this stage of your career? "I think that match was against
Preston. It would be nice to play in the premiership and that is my ambition. But at the
moment I am just happy playing and keeping fit. The fans at Grimsby have been great to
So you do see yourself playing in the Premiership? "Yes hopefully. As I
said that is my ambition." If you could choose any club in the premiership, what
would be your preferred choice? "Manchester United!" You have told
me previously that a player you greatly admire is Rivaldo. If I can turn the question
around. If someone walked into the room at this moment with a contract for you to sign to
start playing for any team in the world tomorrow, which team would it be? "Manchester
United." Well Barthez is rumoured to want out so who knows? (Danny laughs)
And finally, what was the atmosphere in the squad like after the Argentina game? "Oh
it was fabulous. Getting a result like that against the top side in the world. And just
being in the squad was brilliant. Just being in the changing rooms with the lads was
I bet there was some celebrating? "Everyone was on a high it was wonderful
but we all had to go straight back after the game to our own clubs. Everyone is really
professional now and with games coming up on the weekend we all had to go straight
Well thanks for chatting to me Danny and
good luck on Wednesday. "It was a pleasure and anything I can do for DragonSoccer
Danny Coyne is a top bloke and also a
highly talented goalkeeper. He looks on the brink of a successful career with Wales and
all at DragonSoccer wish him well.