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McSheffrey on close season work

18 May 2022

Gary McSheffrey says plans are in place to ensure no stone is left unturned for the Rovers players returning for pre-season in a few weeks’ time.

The manager has been working closely with head of football operations James Coppinger, as well as his newly appointed assistant manager Steve Eyre since the 2021/22 campaign drew to a close.

McSheffrey said: “Attention quickly turned to next season after the final game, we’ve not had much time off because we’ve been planning and preparing for how we can do things better.

“We’ve been putting things in place for pre-season as well as assessing the squad to identify where we need to add quality.

“I’m always learning and I’m excited by the challenge ahead, we’re in the middle of May and in a good place in terms of how the squad is developing.”

McSheffrey explained why he was keen to promote Eyre to his No.2 after he impressed on an initial short-term deal taken up in March.

He added: “Steve came in and brought a lot of experience into the group, he has the player engagement and his communication is really good.

“His experience is key for me going forward, he came in on an initial short-term role but immediately gave it his all and impressed everyone.

“He had already worked with a few players so that probably made the initial transition smoother, and you could see the respect they had for him straight away.”

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