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Glyn Hodges joins first-team coaching staff

29 January 2022

Glyn Hodges has been confirmed as Rovers’ set-piece coach as Gary McSheffrey adds experience to his coaching staff.

Hodges began coaching at the turn of the millennium working with the Barnsley reserves. He had two spells as caretaker manager before leaving Oakwell due to the club going into administration. 

In 2004, the former Welsh international joined the Football Association of Wales as U21s coach linking up with then-Wales manager Mark Hughes for the first time. He subsequently joined up with Hughes again at Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City as reserves manager and later at Fulham as a first team coach. 

Hodges also coached at Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City before most recently being named manager at AFC Wimbledon in 2019 after a brief period as assistant. 

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the grass, so I’ve welcomed the opportunity and I’m looking forward to it,” he said. 

“I know Frank [Sinclair] from my Stoke days so I dropped him a congratulations message when he got the job and the conversation started from there. 

“I’m here to look at set-pieces but I’ll be eyes and ears too because maybe I’ll see things that Gary or Frank don’t. 

“It’s all hands to the pump. The staff and players have been great and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” 

Having coached at the top level and managed in Sky Bet League One, Hodges hopes his experience will help Rovers go in the right direction. 

“I’ve been in the hotseat before and I know you need good people around you to help,” he added. 

“It’s been a big rebuilding process here and Gary’s taken his time and not rushed things. He’s been very astute. 

“I hope that I can come in and make an impact. It’s a good club and we want to give our best until the end of the season.” 

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