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Green perfect for 'vital' new Rovers role says Coppinger

9 November 2022

Club News

Green perfect for 'vital' new Rovers role says Coppinger

9 November 2022

James Coppinger believes Paul Green brings ‘the full package’ to his new role as first team transition coach at Rovers.

Green has joined the senior coaching staff on a permanent basis along with new assistant head coach Chad Gribble after working at first team level on an interim basis following the appointment of Danny Schofield.

The 39-year-old will take an active role in the development of the younger members of the senior squad as part of his new position.

Head of football operations Coppinger feels the new role is key for Rovers due to the composition of the squad - and is confident Green’s experiences as a player make him ideal.

“It’s something I believe you need at this level,” he said. “Sixty per cent of the squad are in that development phase and the lads that aren’t playing need that coach and person who is going to educate, develop and give them the understanding of what is expected.

“When you only have two, it’s really hard for them to get what they need to improve and develop, and try to get into the first team.

“For him starting out in his coaching career, he’s the perfect combination. He’s had a fantastic career, especially at this football club, being one of the most decorated players in its history. He’s played for his country and played at the top level.

“You go back to values and him as a person, he’s had disappointments and setbacks that he’s had to get through.

“He’s got the full package and in that transition period, it’s having that person who understands what it takes and can deliver and communicate it to the players.

“Not every manager and coach wants to improve players. Some just want to improve their own standing or situation to get to where they want to get to.

“But for me it has to be about the players. The two people we’re bringing in, they want to develop and improve players. That’s the most important thing.”

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