From Newcastle United to Rangers, Jak Alnwick has worked with some top teams in football, but St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is one of the best he’s worked for.
The Paisley boss has signed a new deal until the summer of 2024 after a great opening 19 months to his reign at the Buddies. He brought Alnwick in from Rangers as his number one this term and the Englishman has shone for Goodwin.
Alnwick has worked with the likes of Rangers manager Steven Gerrard but the keeper says Goodwin is another boss who could go to the top: “On a personal level, he showed good faith in me. He brought me in and I have played a lot of games under him.
“I am delighted he has got the deal, it is fully deserved and it shows the direction the club is going in. The culture of the club and the style of play at the club has completely changed and that’s credit to the manager. We have the mentality of ‘how far we can we go’ instead of looking over our shoulder, which stems from the manager.
“He’s definitely up there as one of the best in terms of style of play. I have played under so many managers. Obviously I have worked under him and Steven Gerrard. It’s totally different with the budgets, facilities, it’s on two different wavelengths.
“But the gaffer has did an amazing job and he’s up there with the best I have worked with. He didn’t have loads of experience before this and we have all been learning this season. Now we are getting into a good rhythm and there’s good qualities there. We are playing some good football at the minute. The gaffer can go as far as he wants.”
Goodwin has driven the club to wins over Celtic and Rangers this season while St Mirren are also in a good position to secure a top six Premiership position for the first time in their history.
Alnwick says the Saints can’t get caught up in the hype: “All the lads have bought into him this season. As a player you want to go as high as you can go, you never want to be down the bottom of the league.
“The gaffer was always speaking of ambitions of the top six. We all wanted the top six and we have always been looking forward. We go away to Aberdeen and draw 0-0.
“We are disappointed we haven’t won the game and that is amazing considering where the club has been. We can’t get carried away. We are in a good position and it’s down to ourselves to kick on.”
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