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Frank Sinclair confirmed as assistant manager

30 December 2021

Frank Sinclair has been confirmed as Rovers permanent first-team assistant manager.

Following the appointment of Gary McSheffrey as first team manager on Wednesday, Sinclair was first choice for the role with the pair striking a good balance during their time in caretaker charge of the club.  

The former Premier League and Chelsea defender made more than 750 career appearances across a 25-year career which concluded when he took a player-manager role at struggling Conference North side Colwyn Bay in February 2013. 

Relegation favourites in March, The Bay won six consecutive matches under Sinclair’s guidance to claw their way to safety with fans dubbing it the Great Escape. Sinclair won manager of the month in April of that season. 

Since leaving Colwyn Bay, Sinclair has taken on roles at a number of non-league teams as well as in Academy football with coaching spells at Stoke City and Port Vale youth teams. He joined Rovers’ Academy earlier this year as a Youth Development Phase coach before stepping into the caretaker first-team role with McSheffrey in early December. 

There has been a further addition to McSheffrey's coaching staff with Steve Hernandez being named as the club's goalkeeping coach. The Sheffield United Academy product was released from the Blades at the age of 18 and quickly turned his attention to coaching.  

He has been a key part of the goalkeeper coaching staff within the Rovers Academy for a number of years and as head of Academy goalkeeping worked closely with former first-team coach Paul Gerrard to support the progression of Academy keepers including current No.1 Louis Jones.

Hernandez has been leading the first-team goalkeeping training since the departure of Gerrard in November.

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