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McCann's delight as Byrne joins him at Rovers

15 May 2023

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McCann's delight as Byrne joins him at Rovers

15 May 2023

Grant McCann says his coaching partnership with Cliff Byrne means there will be no stone unturned for Rovers as they prepare for next season.

McCann spoke of his delight that Byrne had agreed to re-join him at Rovers as assistant manager, with the pair having previously been at the club for the 2018/19 season.

And he believes Byrne’s meticulous nature means every base will be covered heading into the new campaign.

“We speak all the time,” McCann said. “When we’re in a season I speak to him more than my wife and kids.

“We want to make sure there’s no stone unturned with the planning and how we go about things. He takes a lot off me at times and allows me to get on with it and speak to the players, whether it’s bits around the training ground or travelling, he’s tremendous at that.

“I think it’s important. We both believe in the same standards and if I’m not quite there with it, Cliff will pick it up and I will be the same with him. I’m delighted he’s agreed to join us.

“The days when you don’t feel so good and you’re a bit down, Cliff can pick you up. Hopefully I can do that to him as well. We’ve worked really well together over the last four or five years and it’s great for us to be together again.”

Byrne first worked with McCann in a coaching capacity during their previous spell at Rovers before joining him at Hull City and Peterborough United over subsequent years.


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