Andy Butler said that his time as Doncaster Rovers Belles manager helped him massively as he took charge of Rovers in Darren Moore’s temporary absence.
While team-selection and general game plan are still the domain of the management staff, while the matches are on Butler is the one making the calls – something he’s used to doing on a Sunday afternoon.
“My experience with the Belles has helped me on this little journey,” he said.
“I’ve been managing now for nine months and that’s been a big learning curve dealing with players.
“That experience just helps you see pictures and we try, at the Belles, to play the same way that Rovers do. We try to emulate what the men’s team do and we’ve got good players at the Belles who can implement that.”
Butler was able to choose his own number two during his time in charge of the men’s team and knew immediately that he wanted his Belles assistant manager Nick Buxton.
“It’s great to have Nick alongside me as well. I love working with Nick, we bounce of each other at the Belles so I thought it would be brilliant to bring him in and share the experience,” he added.
“Nick Buxton’s helped me no end with that because he’s had a good career so those experiences helped here.
“The backroom staff and everyone around has been really helpful but it’s nice to have Nick alongside me because that feels like more familiar territory.”