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Byrne looking to galvanise the club following Rovers return

15 May 2023

Interviews

Byrne looking to galvanise the club following Rovers return

15 May 2023

Cliff Byrne says he and Grant McCann are determined to galvanise the club following their return to Rovers.

Byrne is back at the Eco-Power Stadium as assistant manager alongside boss McCann and is looking to re-energise all aspects, including supporters.

The former Republic of Ireland international believes the key to achieving that is full commitment from everyone - starting with the players.

“You have to be committed, honest and hard working,” Byrne said. “And then you can wrap your tactics and technical work around that but there needs to be a real honesty and commitment from the players and the players that come in as well.

“And from the staff that work around it, and we’ll be looking for that as well.

“You’re looking for the commitment and the backing of the fans and we all come together as well. It’s hard to achieve anything as an individual or small group. We want to really galvanise the group and push forward.

“We’ve got to be pushing to be promoted. That will be the aim from me on a personal level and speaking to the manager, it’ll be the same from him. I feel we’re capable of that and that’ll be the lead into the season.”

While plenty of work will be done to mould the squad in the new management team’s image, Byrne insists he is excited by the group of players already on the club’s books for next season.

He said: “The group from afar look an honest group and I’ll get to know that a bit more when I meet the players and get back on the training ground.

“I’m really excited to work with the group, otherwise myself and the manager wouldn’t have come on board.  There’s a real excitement at what is here. Yes, we’ll look to add players to improve the dynamic and competition in certain areas of the pitch and improve the qualities in some of the areas in which the team hasn’t achieved what they wanted to achieve this season. We’re excited to get going.”


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