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New assistant Gribble excited for future as part of new-look coaching staff

9 November 2022

Club News

New assistant Gribble excited for future as part of new-look coaching staff

9 November 2022

Chad Gribble believes he has quickly gelled with head coach Danny Schofield and is confident the new look senior coaching team can bring success to Rovers.

Gribble has been appointed as assistant head coach on a permanent basis, having carried out first team coaching duties on an interim basis alongside Paul Green following Schofield’s arrival at the club last month.

And he is excited about the future as the trio begin to work together in earnest.

“Myself, Paul and the head coach have really tight similar ideas on how the game should be played,” the 33-year-old said.

“A lot of the work we put in during those couple of days before Danny arrived happened to fit the early part of the manager’s principles so he was able to come in and build on that.

“We’ve already built a good working relationship, we see football in the same way and I’m excited to add a bit to his quality of work and bring some of my opinions and ideas to the table so we can really kick this group on and achieve what we want to achieve.

“Danny has come in and he has a clear idea of how he wants to do things and the type of football he wants to play. We’re 100 per cent behind that and we want to add value to his work and extend it and do everything we can to deliver it to the players so they can deliver it on a Saturday.

“If there’s anything we’ve achieved in a short space of time, and the head coach has to take credit for this, it’s that the players are already quite clear on roles and responsibilities and the way we want to play football.

“We just need to keep building on that.”

Gribble spent 12 years coaching at Exeter City, working his way through the Devon club’s Academy through to U18 level prior to joining Rovers in May.

He feels his coaching journey has prepared him for the step-up to senior football, which has come at the perfect time.

“I’ve been a youth team coach for seven years across two clubs and I certainly feel my knowledge has developed over that time being a head coach at that level,” he said.

“I’m ready to share some of those ideas and support the new head coach in what is his next step and mine as well.

“I’m incredibly dedicated and the players will get my time, commitment and effort as long as they need it. I see that as extending from the pitch to off the pitch. I’ll spend time analysing games and footage with the players.

“I’m a deep thinker when it comes to the game. We’ve had a lot of detailed discussions about how we want the game to be played.

“They’ll get my absolute best every day and hopefully as staff we’ll get that in return. That’s what we’ve seen so far. 

“We’ve got a group of players that have bought into the ideas. They’re giving everything back in terms of what we’re giving to them but it’ll be my dedication and every bit of knowledge.

“I’ve come through an environment where that type of football is expected and demanded.

“I’ve been around a football club that’s been promoted from this division and have seen what it takes. It’s not just on the pitch, it’s the day to day mentality, the behaviours around the training ground, the behaviours in how we approach games and how we rest, recover and refuel afterwards.”


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