Nottingham Forest’s new goalkeeping coach Tim Flowers says The City Ground is the “right place” for Karl Darlow to continue his development.Darlow established himself as the club’s number one last season and, while it remains to be seen whether he will be Stuart Pearce’s first choice ahead of experienced stopper Dorus de Vries, Flowers is adamant that Darlow is in a strong position at this stage of his career.
Flowers, who is with the squad in Portugal, said: “I think this is the perfect club for Karl right now.
“It’s a big club with an expectant crowd and wonderful facilities. Depending on how the jersey pans out in pre-season, he’s got a chance to play first-team football. You see a lot of lads his age who move clubs and don’t play - absolute waste of time.
“This is the right place at the right time for him. He’s got things to improve on and learn but he’s only 22 so has plenty of years ahead of him. “I believe I can bring him on and that’s what I’m looking to do, as I am with all our goalkeepers.”
Flowers is a recent appointment to Pearce’s backroom staff. The pair played together for England and worked with each other at Manchester City. And the former Blackburn goalkeeper is thrilled to have reacquainted himself with his former colleague.
He said: “He’s a leader of men, I think everyone knows that. It’s terrific to work with him again. He treats the players and staff correctly.
“I’ve known Steve Wigley for quite a long time as well, and Brian Eastick was ticking or crossing my boxes when I was applying for my coaching badges.
“There’s a heck of a lot of experience here, which is great, and you never, ever stop learning.”