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Former Aston Villa & Wolves 'Keeper Joins Walsall's Backroom Team
 
Former Aston Villa & Wolves 'Keeper Joins Walsall's Backroom Team
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Former Aston Villa & Wolves 'Keeper Joins Walsall's Backroom Team
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Former Aston Villa & Wolves 'Keeper Joins Walsall's Backroom Team

Walsall Football Club have confirmed the appointment of former Wrexham coach Michael Oakes as the club's new goalkeeping coach following the recent departure of Steve Hale, who left the club after his short-term deal expired.
44-year-old Oakes, who formed part of Dean Keates' backroom setup at Wrexham, becomes the latest coach to follow Dean down the M6, joining recently-appointed assistant manager Andy Davies who was unveiled around a week ago.

The Northwich-born former goalkeeper began his career with Aston Villa, where he progressed through the ranks to turn professional in 1991. After eight years, sixty-one appearances and a long list of loan moves Michael left Villa Park and joined Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Michael soon became first-choice 'keeper at Molineux and would go on to make over two-hundred appearances for Wolves over the next eight years. He was released on a free transfer in the summer of 2007 and eventually penned a one-year deal with Cardiff City,making fifteen appearances before retiring at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.

Oakes had two coaching spells at the Racecourse, the first lasting seven years between 2008 and 2015. The second beginning in 2017 and coming to an end just a few hours ago.

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