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Oakes the man for Keates

25 May 2018

Dean Keates has added to his backroom staff with the appointment of Michael Oakes as Goalkeeping Coach.

The 44 year-old is no stranger to both Keates and the Midlands having worked under the Saddlers boss during his time at Wrexham and played for the likes of Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Oakes made over 250 EFL appearances during a 16-year professional career and was also capped at England U-21 level. Retiring in 2008, he took up a coaching position at the Racecourse Ground where he stayed until 2015 before returning for a second spell last term.

Oakes has joined Andy Davies in switching from Wrexham to Walsall - much to Keates’ delight.

“I’m pleased to be able to bring Michael in,” the boss told “He’s a young, talented goalkeeper coach who I know from my time at Wrexham.

“Andy and I worked closely with him and he’s another piece of the jigsaw. He had an excellent playing career and brings with him great experience.”

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