The Rovers coaching staff has been strengthened with the arrival of the experienced Steve Eyre.
The 49-year-old has quickly become a vocal presence at Cantley Park after leading several sessions this week to drive Rovers’ preparations for Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham Town.
A coach for the past 30 years, former Rochdale manager Eyre was recruited swiftly following the departure of part time set piece coach Glyn Hodges, who took up the post of assistant manager at Bradford City.
Eyre moved into coaching at the age of 19 and spent 21 years with Manchester City, winning five youth league titles. He guided the U18s to two FA Youth Cup finals and won one in 2008 with a side that included the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Kieran Trippier and Ben Mee.
He joined Rochdale as manager in 2011 before taking on the role of senior development coach at Huddersfield Town.
Eyre has also worked among the coaching staff at Chesterfield and Fleetwood Town in recent years, and is already familiar to several players within the squad having worked with them previously.