Shaun Goater Praised By City Women’s Striker

January 3, 2024 | 5 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, the Jamaica women’s national team footballer, has praised Shaun Goater for helping her become a more cunning and deadly striker for Manchester City Women.

Shaw, who joined City in 2021, has been working closely with Goater, who permanently joined the club’s coaching staff almost a year ago.

Goater became a fans’ favourite for City after netting 103 goals in 212 appearances during a goal-laden period from 1998 to 2003.

“Shaun came more often towards the end of last year, but even in the beginning, he would [give] me little pointers that would go a long way because sometimes the little details can go a long way,” Shaw told the club’s official podcast.

“For example, towards the beginning of last year, he would tell me little stuff like, ‘Try not to let the defenders see you and the ball’.

“So, I would take stuff like that and try it on the training pitch at first, and then sometimes I would do it in games.”

Shaw, who scored 31 goals in 30 games in all competitions for City last season, added: “When I heard he was coming around more often, I was excited because now he could actually come on the pitch, and we could actually work together more often and stuff like that. Shaun’s great for sure.”

Goater started coaching at City’s Academy two years ago, working with the various age groups from the foundation level up to the professional development level.

The 53-year-old, who holds a Uefa A licence coaching badge, has previously worked with forwards at English lower league side Doncaster Rovers and Scottish outfit St Johnstone.

He is also a former head coach at North Village in the Premier Division and English non-league side Ilkeston.

Shaw, 26, has scored 21 goals this term to help City to second in the Barclays Women’s Super League.

“In my first year, I would walk around, and I would see him, and he would say, ‘let’s catch up, let’s catch up’, but we never got the opportunity to,” she added.

“He would watch some of the games, and I would always see him around, but we never got the opportunity to catch up.

“Last year, my second year, he came around more often. We would sit down and watch videos. I love Shaun.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    Well done, Shaun!

  2. Outstanding, Shaun!! We Bermudians love you ,your humbleness, skill, perseverance. Bermuda thanks you!!

  3. Costacurta says:

    Isn’t it amazing how little we value some Bermudians who have really had an impact on a world stage.

    We have hopeless politicians flying business class to New York, Dubai and London, people who have in all honesty achieved nothing.

    And yet Shaun who is universally known in the UK, a country 1000 x the population of ours isn’t cherished as a national treasure. I think we need to rethink value.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Shaun Goater is a national treasure to some of us, even if we are not involved in politics and do not look like him.

    • Truth says:

      The plp spends topo much time telling some Bermudians that they’re not welcome here and to stay away.
      That’s why Bermudians, who excell in other countries, deny their Bermudian citizenship :)

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