Craig Mawson Moves to Old Trafford As Goalkeeping Coach
Craig Mawson has ended his long service with the Clarets to join Manchester United as assistant first-team goalkeeping coach. He leaves his position as the head of goalkeeping coaching within the Clarets Academy to join United where he will work with the first team keepers, including David de Gea and former Burnley keeper Lee Grant.
Mawson’s move to Old Trafford to work under senior goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis ends an association with Burnley Football Club that goes back to the mid-1990s when he first joined the club as a player. He never made a senior appearance for the Clarets but he enjoy a successful playing career at Morecambe, Halifax Town and Hereford United.
Mawson, started his career as a trainee goalkeeper with the Clarets in 1996 before signing a professional contract two years later in 1998. After continuing his playing career he then re-joined Burnley on a part-time coaching basis in 2006, before joining the youth team staff on a permanent basis in 2010.
The Yorkshireman then rose through the ranks at Turf Moor working with the U18’s & U23’s before being awarded the FA’s goalkeeping coach of the year in 2015. Over the last few season he has also been working at first-team level under senior coach Billy Mercer.
Speaking about his move to Old Treafford Craig Mawson said, “Burnley has been a big part of my life and I have built a real affinity with the club, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all my time at Turf Moor both as a player and coach. I am extremely grateful to Billy Mercer and all the Academy staff they have given me a perfect grounding.
However this was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass to have this chance to work in a senior position at a club of Manchester United’s standing is a fantastic opportunity and one I’m delighted to take. I am looking forward to working with Richard Hartis and the coaches, staff and players. This is an exciting time for the club and I am delighted to be part of the team.”