One week after being appointed manager Brian Flynn spoke to Rovers Player about how he was enjoying his new role, and looking to build for the long term future of the club.
“It’s getting better and better every day,” he said
“I’m getting to know the players, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses – there are a lot of strengths that’s for certain and everything is improving.”
When asked about returning after years away from club management, Brian revealed that the work he was doing with Wales resembled that of which a club manager would undertake.
“It’s a piece of cake to be honest; I didn’t stop doing it when I was with Wales. For eight years, I ran three teams playing in tournaments, and that was like running a whole football club.
“I’ve also been all over Europe watching different coaching styles, patterns and systems of play and have spoken to all the foreign coaches listening to how they work so I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge
in the last seven or eight years.
“I’ve got a list of players from Europe from a whole host of different countries.
“I remember when we played France and we did the wrong thing by scoring in the first 30 seconds. In the second half France, who had Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri in the team, ripped us a part. They
were both on my list, I won’t get them now but they were on my list so there’s an example of what I did when we played against foreign teams.
“I kept note of the players that we were playing against in case this [returning to club management] happened in the future – recruitment and player knowledge is so important in this job.”
Speaking squad additions, Brian admitted that although he is constantly looking at players that would improve the squad, he isn’t looking to make wholesale changes.
“I’ve said to the players that I’m not going to make major changes, just one or two insurance policies. If something negative happens, which we hope it doesn’t, we have to make certain that we are covered in all departments – in most departments we are covered.
“At this moment in time I am looking at players everywhere in Europe and in this country. I’ve seen two players already that I’ve liked and both of them are playing in the league below the Conference.
“I’ve signed players from the so called non-league before like Andy Morrell and Lee Trundle and they both went on to have great careers.
“I said to the Chairman that an important thing is that the players that are here remain here; we don’t want to tamper with this squad.
“I have to give Dean a lot of credit because he’s built a really good squad. He’s brought the right type of experienced players to the club; you can bring experienced players into a club but they have to be the right type of players, which they are here.
“My intent in regards to the future is to improve the fabric below the first team and to build something for the long term future of the club.”