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Terry Gennoe (dob 16th March, 1953, Shrewsbury) was appointed Goalkeeping Coach at Celtic by Kenny Dalglish on 16th June, 1999. There was a delay between this announcement and his arrival when he had to work out his notice at Newcastle and in that time Jim Henry , the ex-Hearts goalkeeper who was working as a goalkeeper and coach at Ayr Utd was brought in as a temporary cover. However this meant Celtic went to pre-season in Norway without a dedicated goalkeeping coach leading to an outburst from Dmitri Kharine who picked up a calf injury.
He had previously worked as GK coach at Blackburn Rovers (1991-1997) and Newcastle Utd (1997-1999). It was Kenny Dalglish’s personal knowledge of Terry’s coaching ability at both Blackburn and Newcastle which made him the stand out favourite for the position at Celtic once Peter Latchford was sacked as goalkeeping coach at the end of the 1998-99 season.
In 1999-00 season Terry had his work cut out. Not only were there three keepers vying for the first team spot – Jonathon Gould, Stewart Kerr and Dmitri Kharine – but there were also the sub-first team keepers in Barry John Corr, Jim Gallagher, Alan Morrison.
Terry survived the sacking of John Barnes on 10th February, 2000 following the disaster against Inverness Caledonian Thistle and continued to work for Celtic under the managership of Martin O’Neill. He left Celtic along with the rest of O’Neill’s backroom staff at the end of the 2004-05 season when Martin O’Neill stood down. Gordon Strachan subsequently brought in Jim Blyth as goalkeeping coach.
Playing career:Terry enjoyed a long playing career as a professional but started from the humble background of Sunday football playing for a local Shrewsbury side Bricklayers Sports. He was offered a YTS place by Shrewsbury Town but chose to go to college where he qualified as a Physical Education teacher. Whilst playing part-time he was scouted by Bury, joining them for two years before moving to Halifax Town. He transferred to Southampton in 1978 before moving to Blackburn Rovers, after a short loan spell with Crysatl Palace. He had 10 productive years at Ewood Park followed by a further seven years as a goalkeeping coach there before a contract dispute saw him move to Newcastle.
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Post Celtic Career:Terry left the club at the end of the 2004-05 season. He had a season out of the game before taking up the Goalkeeping Coach post at Newcastle Utd on 4th July 2006. He was forced to retire from coaching due to a long standing back problem on 24th October, 2007 at the age of 54. He has since retired to Spain where he lives quite contentedly.
"My joining Celtic only really became a possibility when I resigned from Newcastle. I was unhappy at St James' Park and after my resignation I spoke to Kenny once or twice.
"There were actually several other opportunities open to me and it is a bit different moving to Scottish football at this stage of my life, but when you look at a club the size of Celtic there is no question of turning the opportunity down.
"Obviously there are some familiar faces here and it's always nice when you go into a new club to have a few people you know, but I had my first look at the stadium and it was fantastic.
"I did not come up for the pre-season friendly when Newcastle played here because I had resigned and I didn't think it was appropriate, but if you cannot play at an arena like Celtic Park then you simply cannot play."
Celtic View, 18th August, 1999
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