Latics stopper Ali Al Habsi says he has enjoyed the early stages of Mike Pollitt’s coaching career as the former teammates now take on a new partnership.
Pollitt was announced as Uwe Rosler’s new goalkeeping coach just under a month ago and Omani international Al Habsi is excited to learn from the 42-year-old.
“It’s fantastic working with Mike,” he said. “I’m so happy for him because I’ve been in the goalkeeping group with him for five years and now he’s the boss.
“We’ll give him all the respect he deserves because he’s had such a long career and the way we’ve started, myself, Cars and Lee, we’ve worked really hard for him.”
Al Habsi missed last pre-season due to shoulder surgery and he says he’s glad to be with the squad from the start this time around.
“I’m so happy to start this season with the group from the start,” Al Habsi added. “Last season it was so difficult missing the start of the season but this year I’m fit and looking forward to getting some practice with the team.
“We’ve got some good tests coming up and everyone is putting a great effort in to have a good season.”
On training so far, Ali says the effort of the squad has been first class.
“It’s was a great week in Germany; everyone was at it and there has been a great effort from the players and the staff,” he continued.
“It was well organised all round, we’re all happy and it’s been good to win games with lots of players getting minutes.
“The most important thing is to get our physical levels high.”