SIMON GRAYSON has launched the search for a new Huddersfield Town goalkeeping coach after the “disappointing” departure of John Vaughan to Birmingham City.
The 48-year-old has linked up with former Town boss Lee Clark at St Andrews after six years in the Town job, during which time he played a key role in the development of highly-rated Alex Smithies.
Current boss Grayson – one of five Town bosses Vaughan worked alongside – said: “I would like to thank John for his hard work during my time as manager.
“We’re disappointed he’s leaving because he’s been fantastic to work with and has been a key part of a very competitive and strong goalkeeping department at the club. We all wish him the best of luck at Birmingham.
“This happens in football and the search now begins to find a new goalkeeping coach ahead of the Championship season.
“That role is such a specialist job and we’ll make sure we find the right person to keep developing the goalkeepers throughout pre-season and into the new campaign.”
Popular Londoner Vaughan, 48, played for West Ham, Fulham, Cambridge – where he helped the club win promotions from the old Fourth and Third Divisions under John Beck – Charlton, Preston and Lincoln.
He moved into coaching with York and had spells at Macclesfield and Grimsby before joining Town’s academy set-up.
He was handed first-team duties during the 2006 close-season, when Peter Jackson was manager, and later worked under Andy Ritchie and Stan Ternent as well as Clark and Grayson.
He will join up with fellow former Town management team members Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley at Birmingham.
He replaces ex-Town coach Dave Watson, who has joined Norwich.
The keepers under Vaughan’s command will include Jack Butland, who was in England’s Euro 2012 party and is also a member of the Team GB Olympic squad, and experienced former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds man David Lucas.
Birmingham have signed utility man Hayden Mullins from Portsmouth.