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Goalkeeping Coach

Billy Mercer




Date of birth



Long-serving goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer has served under three different management teams at Turf Moor since joining Burnley in January, 2010.

Mercer was appointed by Brian Laws and has since worked successfully under both Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche, bringing the best out of a number of top-class goalkeepers.

As a keeper himself, Mercer started his career with hometown club Liverpool but after struggling to breakthrough to the first team joined Rotherham United in 1989, making 138 appearances for the Millers during a five-and-a-half-year stay at Millmoor.

In October 1994, he signed for local rivals Sheffield United, spending just over a year at Bramall Lane and playing only a handful of games around loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield.

Mercer made the switch to Chesterfield permanent in December 1995 and established himself as first choice between the sticks over the next four seasons, which included a run to the 1997 FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough as a team-mate of Dyche.

In October, 1999, Mercer joined League One rivals Bristol City, making 32 appearances in his first season and staying part of the squad until January, 2003 when he became the club’s goalkeeping coach.

He returned to Sheffield to join Wednesday in a similar capacity in the summer of 2004 and briefly held the post as caretaker assistant-manager before the appointment of Laws and Russ Wilcox in November 2006.

Mercer later followed the pair to Turf Moor, where he has been a vital part of the coaching set-up, helping Tom Heaton become a full England international and a leading Premier League goalkeeper in two stints in the top flight.