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McSheffrey: New keeper coach 'a real coup' for Rovers

22 June 2022

Gary McSheffrey believes Ian Bennett’s experience will be a major asset after he was named Rovers’ new goalkeeping coach.

The Worksop-born former Birmingham City keeper began working with Rovers’ keepers this week in the first few days of pre-season training.

And first team manager McSheffrey says securing Bennett’s services represents a statement of intent.

“Getting someone of Benno’s experience to work with the first team is so key for the club,” he said. “It shows the players we mean business.

“He’s good with defensive units, he’s good with defensive set plays. He knows the game inside and out.

“He played a lot of football and he’s coached for a good few years now at some very good clubs.

“He brings a hell of a lot of experience and quality to the club.”

McSheffrey is confident the 50-year-old will be a popular addition to his coaching staff.

He said: “He’s disciplined, he’s a good guy, he’s funny. The lads will love him and get on with him while there’ll be a line that won’t be crossed.

“You need that authority and goalkeeping coaches are always seen as authoritative, which he’s got in abundance.

“He’s someone I’m really looking forward to working with.”

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