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Dickov Hails Unity

12 October 2014

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Gaffer praises team spirit and togetherness of tight knit group.

Rovers manager Paul Dickov spoke exclusively to the club’s official website about the remarkable team spirit that the Scot has engendered during his tenure.

Dickov, who recently took charge of his 200th game as a manager, said: “There is a terrific bond here and I’ve got good staff behind me and we get on great.

“Nine times out of ten we all sing off the same hymn sheet and the big thing for me is having staff that sometimes disagree with me as well.

“We can have heated debates in my office sometimes and that’s great because I want people to have their own views and opinions rather than yes men.”

Since arriving at the club over 15 months ago, Dickov has been his own man and implemented his own team behind the team with the tried and tested methods of assistant Brian Horton and the new techniques of first team coach Paul Butler who combine to give the former Oldham boss a balanced outlook on management whether it be team selection or recruitment.

Following the recent turnaround in form – which has included wins over Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Burton Albion – the Scot has said that he can always rely on his backroom staff.

“Paul [Butler] is a fantastic coach who’s really enthusiastic around the training ground and that rubs off on the players, he can be too enthusiastic sometimes but he’s going to be a top coach,” he said.

“At the other end of the scale I’ve got Brian [Horton] whose knowledge of the game is second to none and some of the best tips I get from him is when we just sit and talk about football. He’s managed over 1000 senior games so I’d be foolish not to dip in to that.

“We do 99% of match reports and recruitment ourselves but every now and then, because logistically it might not be possible for us to do it, we do occasionally rely on calling in favours from old teammates such as Gerry Taggart – who was my teammate and assistant at Oldham – and Shaun Goater as well as various others who are happy to help an old friend out.”

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