Throw-in specialist Thomas Gronnemark announces that he will remain with Liverpool for the fourth season
Throw-in specialist Thomas Gronnemark announces he has signed a new contract with Liverpool after first working with the club in 2018… with the Dane thanking the club’s fans ‘for the support from around the world’
- Thomas Gronnemark posted the news on Twitter and said he was ‘proud’
- The Dane was recruited by FC Midtjylland amid criticism from Andy Gray
- Gronnemark said he felt sorry for Gray and thought he was ‘unprofessional’
- Denmark’s former bobsleigh member also praised the players’ attitude
Throw-in guru Thomas Gronnemark has announced that he will be teaming up with Liverpool for the fourth consecutive season.
The Dane, who was formerly a member of his country’s national bobsleigh team and has worked with a number of football clubs in his home country, announced the news on Twitter.
He posted: ‘Proud to announce that I have signed a new contract with Liverpool FC for my 4th season with the club.
Throw-in specialist Thomas Gronnemark (right) is highly regarded by Jurgen Klopp
The Dane is now in his fourth season with the club after coming from FC Midtjylland in 2018
‘I enjoy every second with all these wonderful people. Thanks for the support from all over the world. I really appreciate that’.
Gronnemark was recruited in 2018 by the pioneering Scandinavian FC Midtjylland and holds the world record for longest throw-in at 51.33 m.
His appointment was met with bewilderment in some quarters, with prominent pundit Andy Gray ridiculing his arrival in an interview with beIN SPORTS, saying: ‘I’m sorry, a throw-in coach?
“Here’s the ball, pick it up with both hands, take it behind your head and throw it on the ground with both feet. I have a new one for you – I want to be the first kick-off coach.”
“When a man looks at something new and doesn’t understand it, you have two choices: laugh about it or try to learn more about it.
“I wish he had been a little more curious and asked why a world-class coach like Jurgen Klopp would invite him. It would have been a good feature on their show.
‘Instead it was a bit like they were chatting in the pub after drinking 10 pints. I think it was unprofessional.
“Some people hoped I’d be angry, but I wasn’t. The internet answered for me with the response he got.’
“I can laugh at being a throw-in coach. It’s a fun job, I know.’
Gronnemark praised the attitude of the players at Melwood in teaching new ideas
Gronnemark also spoke to The Beautiful Game Podcast last year about how he felt coaching the players at Melwood, the Reds’ training ground.
“My sense of being with Melwood is that people don’t work like ‘me’, they work like ‘we’ — that’s just fantastic,” he said.
“It’s like everything else in life, it’s having this balance. Sometimes, if you’re too serious or too focused on the goal, it’s like it’s too competitive.
“On the other hand, if you laugh too much and don’t take things seriously, you’re not learning enough. I feel like that balance is very good at Melwood.
“On the one hand it’s the best feeling, fun, cool and on the other it’s a really world class environment where we just try to get that percentage out every day to make us even better.
“It’s really challenging to get that balance between these two sides, but I think when I’m with Melwood, the balance is almost perfect.”