Exclusive – New Charlotte FC goalkeeping coach Andy Quy is enjoying taking on a “different kind of challenge” as he joins the club ahead of its 2022 expansion.
The latest addition to Major League Soccer, CLTFC, is building up the list and the coaching staff that will try to put them on the map next season.
With head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez, as well as assistants Mikel Anita and Christian Lattanzio in dugout, Quy gives a wealth of experience to Charlotte. His 15-year coaching career has so far taken spells in Derby County, Aston Villa and most famous Stoke City. He most recently worked at Brentford during their 2019/20 marketing campaign and served as Burton Albion’s goalkeeper manager.
“As a coach, I have worked in different places but I have been looking for a different type of challenge,” said Quy in an exclusive 90-minute sit-down. “Really, the selling point of the project was to be a part of it right from the start. To be one of the first to walk in the door and really put your stamp on it and watch it grow.
“Working in MLS was also a big draw. A league that is growing and becoming more popular all over the world, the World Cup is also coming in 2026. It was a huge draw from all that.”
During his 12-year stay with Stoke City, Quy played a major role in the recruitment and development of goalkeepers at international level and Premier League level such as Thomas Sørensen, Asmir Begovic and Jack Butland. He also specializes in helping young players develop their games – skills that he will review transferring to his new post in North Carolina.
“On a personal level, I look forward to working with some really good goalkeepers, to developing a first-team group of goalkeepers and to developing them down in the academy in order to move them up to senior level,” Quy added. “I want to be a real help to the academy’s goalkeeping coaches and Charlotte’s academy staff, to help them get through goalkeeping. That’s something that is really the key for me.”
Quy already has lots of first-hand experience of the unique surroundings of MLS and American football from previous pre-season tours with Stoke.
“Football is developing well, the names that are going there and the stages in their careers they are in, it moves the level of play completely further,” he said.
As part of the league’s improvement, more and more teams can be seen keeping the ball on the ground, with a technical style that means that all 11 players are strong in ball possession seen around MLS.
In a recent exclusive 90min interview, CLTFC president Nick Kelly revealed that the intention is for the club to have a “pressing” style of play that will offer fans plenty of “goals and excitement”.
Although he still believes that a goalkeeper must first and foremost remain good at keeping the ball out of the net, Quys’ own philosophy fits well with the broader ethos that Charlotte has in place.
“I have always adapted and changed my way of working to put more focus on build-up play, first touch, to be able to manipulate the ball and use it with my feet much better,” he said. “Of course, that still does not change the fact that you have to be able to keep the ball off the net. If you do not do it this weekend, you will not get the chance to play with the ball on the ground, they go hand in hand.”
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On how he can compliment head coach Ramirez’s football principles, Quy added: “Ideally, your goalkeeper is a big part of the build-up, playing from behind and building with the team. He is your first point of attack but also your last point of defense. He needs to make big saves at Your ideal goalkeeper delivers on both of these things.
– This is something we need to develop within the club. We start from scratch, so we have to bring in goalkeepers who can do all these things, and we are in the process of identifying players who can fit the style of play that Miguel (Angel Ramirez) has in place. “
Once again, it is the prospect of a new challenge and problem solving that makes Quy most excited: “I am really looking forward to working with the club and the other staff and being able to implement that style. There’s another thing that draws me in; can we develop that style of play and how do we do it? ”
If new expansion teams like FC Cincinnati and Austin FC are something to go after, Charlotte’s back line could be in for a hectic first season. Getting the goalkeeping staff in place early feels like a smart move.