Radio star Goater relishing new role
Shaun Goater is making the most of his new role at Barclays Premier League side Manchester City.
The former City striker has swapped his boots for the broadcast microphone as a commentator and analyst in the commentary booth at the Etihad Stadium.
“I do the Manchester City home games for BBC Radio Manchester, so being able to see City play at home every week is a superb experience,” said Goater, who became the youngest former athlete to be inducted into the Bermuda Sports Hall of Fame at the weekend.
“To see that quality of football and be able to give my views and opinions on how we play is a privilege.
“I get to share my thoughts and see different philosophies from other clubs; what tactics and strategy they play and also see City's strategies and style.
“It allows me to actually learn from watching these high-level performances.”
Goater, a former North Village and Boulevard Blazers player, also performs a similar role for beIn Sports, a global network of sports channels jointly owned by Qatari Sports Investments.
“[beIn Sports] are located in Doha, Qatar, so I fly up there and spend a few days doing some match analyses and commentary,” Goater said.
Outside of broadcasting, Goater takes equal pleasure in sharing his expertise with strikers at Sky Bet League One side Doncaster Rovers while also coaching at Manchester City's Youth Academy.
Goater, 44, signed for City in 1998, scoring 103 goals in 212 appearances, with his 100th strike arriving in a derby match against arch-rivals Manchester United, where he spent time as an apprentice.
Whenever times were challenging during his career, Goater drew upon an unwavering belief in his ability that was instilled in him during his childhood in Bermuda. “That belief is what I had to use while I was in England because I'm in a dressing room and they don't dress like me, they don't look like me, they don't sound like me,” he said.
“I had to draw on that confidence that I got from my early years in Bermuda.”
As for City's bid for a second straight league title, Goater said: “I think that's becoming more optimistic because of Chelsea getting a draw and then a loss in the last couple of weeks and City starting to put together wins. There's a lot of belief there.”
Goater is also confident that City can advance to the next stage of the Uefa Champions League having defeated group E leaders Bayern Munich in their penultimate group match to keep their hopes alive.
“I think there's a lot of momentum and belief at City, having got a result against Bayern Munich,” Goater said. “I think there's a great chance of City advancing, which probably wasn't the case a few weeks ago when our chances were very slim.”
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