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Schofield keeping things simple ahead of Crewe trip

21 October 2022

New Rovers head coach Danny Schofield says he has kept things simple ahead of his first game in charge of the side.

Following his appointment on Thursday, Schofield has had only two days to work with his squad prior to Saturday’s trip to Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two.

While keen to stamp his ideas and methods on the players as quickly as possible, Schofield has stuck to simple messages over his first two days and built on the work of coaches Chad Gribble, Paul Green and Ian Bennett who guided training earlier in the week.

“I’ve utilised the staff that are already in place,” he told the press on his first official outing as head coach. "Chad, Green and Benno took the sessions on Monday and Tuesday and I’ve come in and implemented certain things on Thursday.

“It’s about getting simple messages across - what we’re going to do in possession, what we’re going to do out of possession - without changing anything drastically.

“I think with two days to prepare for a game, it’s very difficult to implement my full style.

“So it’s simple messages for us and we’ll see what takes shape on Saturday.”

Schofield analysed the Rovers squad in the build-up to taking on the role of head coach and has taken a closer look at Cantley Park in the last two days.

And he feels he has the players at his disposal in order to achieve the club’s goals for the season.

“I’m aware of the players - of their strengths, weaknesses and capabilities,” the 42-year-old said.

“It was a fantastic start to the season where a lot of points were put on the board early doors and then it's petered off recently.

“First of all I think the team can be really competitive. And then with tactical information, some key roles and responsibilities to the players, I think we can compete and perform.”

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