Brentford Football Club name former Finland international Jani Viander as Lead Academy Goalkeeper Coach
Former Finland international goalkeeper Jani Viander has been appointed as the Lead Goalkeeper Coach at the Brentford Football Club Academy.
The 38-year-old, who had a brief spell at Brentford as a player in 2004, has left the same role at Norwich City to take up the position.
He joined the staff at Brentford’s Category Two Football Academy on Tuesday, April 1, taking the lead role in the coaching of goalkeepers up to Development Squad group, those under the age of 21.
Jani will work at the Club’s Training Ground, in Jersey Road, Osterley, and at the new indoor sports facility at Uxbridge High School that will be used by the Club’s Academy.
Ose Aibangee, Brentford Football Club Academy Director, said: “This is a real coup for the Club and the Academy.
“Jani has been working at Norwich for the last 18 months and has done a very good job.
“The England Under-16 goalkeeper comes from Norwich and that tells you a lot about Jani’s work.
“Norwich have a Category One Academy and it says a great deal about what we are doing here that we can attract a man of Jani’s calibre to Brentford Football Club.
"Being able to attract staff of this calibre from a Premier League, Category One club further demonstrates the strides being made in our Academy.
“Jani started work on April 1 but has been around the training ground for a few days; he is an excellent coach and fits in well with the staff.
“I believe Jani will get the very best out of the talented young goalkeepers we have at the Club.
“It is a specialised position and you need the right people in place to help the boys progress.
“We have that man and I look forward to a long working relationship with Jani.”
Jani’s playing career took him all over Europe and included spells at Bolton Wanderers, Stoke City and Plymouth Argyle, as well as Brentford.
He played 13 games for Finland before moving in to coaching when he left his final club Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi, better known as HJK Helsinki.