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Sinclair: I've been made to feel at home here

31 December 2021

Frank Sinclair said he was delighted to be appointed as the club’s permanent assistant manager after four weeks in the caretaker role.

The former Premier League defender joined the Rovers' Academy four months ago and said he was made to feel at home very quickly by everyone at the club.

“I’m delighted to be permanent assistant manager. I came into the club this season and straight away found myself very comfortable,” Sinclair said. 

“I’ve been made to feel at home here and that’s been the reason I’ve been able to express myself and be myself in and around the football club.” 

Sinclair joined the club as a coach for the Youth Development Phase while also supporting Gary McSheffrey with aspects of Rovers U18s and the pair quickly found they had a good synergy in their coaching styles.

“Very quickly, we built up quite a rapport in the way we worked together and the parts of coaching we like doing,” Sinclair added. 

“Gary is quite attack-minded from the way he played, and I like to organise the defensive side of the team and the structure around that, so the balance has been excellent. 

“I think getting information across quickly is one of my strengths and that gives Gary the opportunity to overlook the whole structure of the team. 

“It’s been great as we’ve been learning more about each other every day, and I think that relationship will only get stronger. 

“Gary wants me to be my own person, give an opinion and provoke his mindset and that’s how we will all get the best out of each other.” 

The pair also have strikingly different demeanours on the touchline, with Sinclair the more animated figure in the Rovers’ technical area. 

“I’ve always managed, coached and played in my own way with my own personality,” Sinclair explained. 

“Gary’s approach is much calmer, he’s very thoughtful and likes to take a step back and analyse a situation whereas I’m a bit more in the moment. 

“I’m passionate about the game in general. I played with some fantastic players who were used to winning things. I’ve been brought up and developed as a winner and I’m trying to get that across to our players. Like anything, winning is a habit you need to pick up.” 

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