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Schofield pleased with balance in new-look coaching staff

9 November 2022

Club News

Schofield pleased with balance in new-look coaching staff

9 November 2022

Danny Schofield believes Rovers’ new coaching set-up is ideal to help him continue to make his mark on the squad.

The senior coaching staff has been finalised with the appointment of Chad Gribble and Paul Green on a permanent basis as assistant head coach and first team transition coach respectively.

Schofield says having three coaches will mean individual players and departments can be worked with in greater detail, which will only benefit the squad.

“It’s important in terms of the way I like to coach, which is with a lot of individual and unit sessions as well as collective,” he said.

“I think with two coaches, it becomes really challenging to get that depth and detail of coaching into players. We like to do individual analysis sessions to have that extra coach with us helps us to implement more work.”

Gribble and Green both assisted Schofield on an interim basis following his appointment as head coach last month.

And Schofield says Gribble quickly emerged as a stand-out candidate for the role of assistant head coach.

“It felt like a trial period when Chad was in,” the 42-year-old said. “He’s got a really good work ethic, he mixes in well with the players and other staff and is really comfortable in those situations.

“Because of the journey Chad has been on and the character he is, he’s the right person for the role. We spoke to a lot of people and we felt with Chad being in place and working to the standard he was, if we had someone that good in the building, that candidate should be promoted.

“He’s a different personality and character around the players than me. That’s beneficial.

“I think we can complement each other well. It’s the early stages of our career working together but it felt right and the club felt it was right so the decision was made.”

Schofield believes Green’s experiences as a player will be a huge asset as he looks to shape the younger members of the squad in his new role.

“Greeny’s early on in his coaching journey,” he said. “He’s just retired from playing football.

“He’s excellent on the pitch. He wants to help first and foremost. He’s fantastic with the players and he’s got the respect of the players straight away because of his playing career.

“I think the balance between us can be really positive.”

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