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Coppinger named head of recruitment

23 June 2023

Club News

Coppinger named head of recruitment

23 June 2023

Rovers are delighted to confirm James Coppinger has accepted the role of head of recruitment.

An assessment of the football staff was carried out following the appointment of Grant McCann as manager. Under the new structure it was determined Coppinger’s focus would best be served in leading the club’s assessment of potential transfer targets - something that formed a major element of his previous role as head of football operations.

In addition to this, the 42-year-old will assist in scouting opposition teams as well as helping to shape Academy recruitment and assessing potential loan destinations for young players.

Coppinger - the club’s all-time record appearance maker - will also take on a coaching role at first team level.

He said: “It’s something I’m excited about. The recruitment side is something that I’ve been doing probably more than anything else over the last 12 months - in terms of going to games, and working with the recruitment staff on bringing players in.

“As well as that, I’ll be out on the grass a couple of days a week supporting the coaching staff. I’ve done my UEFA B licence over the summer and I’ve really got a taste for coaching. I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ve obviously worked with a lot of the players so I’m really excited in getting back on the grass.”

Manager Grant McCann said: “We want to make sure Copps is around the training ground with us and on the pitch with the players but also working on the recruitment side of things, preparing dossiers and databases on players.

“He mentioned that he wanted to do a bit more on the grass and we’ll be helping and supporting him to go as far as he wants with that.

“He’ll be taking a lot of burden off me in talking to agents and representatives as well as compiling the lists of potential targets for us.”

As part of the changes to the football staff, we can confirm the departure of head scout Michael Cairney.

We would like to thank Michael for his service during his time at the club and wish him the very best for his future.

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