Shaun Goater is hoping to point North Village to success this season. He's seen here coaching the Bermuda Hogges with Kyle Lightbourne.
Shaun Goater is hoping to point North Village to success this season. He's seen here coaching the Bermuda Hogges with Kyle Lightbourne.
Former Man City star Shaun Goater is happy to stake his coaching reputation on North Village this year.

EPL Legend Goater is not making any wild promises about trophies or triple crowns.

But he insists that for better or worse, win or lose, Rams fans will be seeing a Shaun Goater team this season.

"Without a doubt, it is my team. Everything we produce - good or bad - it's down to me."

Goater took over a struggling Village side from Elliott Jennings at Christmas last year.

He steadied the ship but it was still a disappointing trophyless season for the 2006 Triple Crown winners.

This time Goater has been in charge from the word go. And after four weeks of pre-season work he believes they are ready for the Dudley Eve kick-off next week.

"I've been able to get the information across. I think they understand what I'm looking for. We've got some good young players. There's plenty of competition for places. It's good times."

Goater has not been busy in the transfer market this summer. Three 'big names' have left Bernard Park with Keith Jennings, Keishen Bean and Jared Peniston moving on and no-one coming in.

Happy with squad

"I'm quite happy with the players we've got. There's a couple of young players challenging for different positions. The enthusiasm has been great.

"The guys have been coming out, taking the information that I've given them on board, working hard and we're looking forward to the season...

Village has the best youth programme on the island so there is always talent coming through."

Goater, who has also been running the rule over Village's new PDL side for pre-season, said he expected a competitive season for both teams.

"I think the Development League is really exciting for Bermuda. It's great for the players in the younger age group and I'll be keeping a close eye on our PDL side and looking to push one or two into the first team.

"If they impress they can go from the PDL to the first team. There are plenty of opportunities."

He said he had tried to introduce a few tweaks to the Village youth system, mirroring what he had experienced as a professional footballer.

"It's an interesting time to be at North Village. I think everyone is really looking forward to the season. They've had their break, some of them have played a bit of cricket, now they're ready for the start of the season."