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DARRELL ON JOINING ROVERS

24 June 2013

New assistant manager links up with the team

Bristol Rovers’ new assistant manager Darrell Clarke joined up with the team for pre-season training today, and he took some time out to talk to us about his decision to join the club.

He said: “I phoned the gaffer up to see about a pre-season friendly, and we just got talking and it went from there. 

“The pull was working with the manager, with the experience he has got, and the size of the football club.

“Salisbury is a fantastic football club, and I am proud to say I got them back into the Conference Premier after three years.

“But I am 35, and I do want to get as high as possible in football coaching and management and this was a fantastic opportunity that I am very much looking forward to.

“I am proud to be associated with this club, it is a massive football club, and it should be performing at a higher level. It is good to get my first day underway.”

Darrell feels that he has a lot to offer the role, and is looking forward to getting settled and meeting all the lads.

He said: “I feel I have a lot to give, I have done well as a manager over the last three years, and it will be great to be working alongside the gaffer and picking ideas up and obviously putting some ideas his way. 

“It is going to take me a few days to get bedded in, but I know a few of the players. Conor Gough was a player I had on loan at Salisbury, and I played with Lee Brown when he was at Salisbury. It takes a bit of time, but it wont take me too long.”

And the new assistant is looking to work hard and take it one day at a time.

He said: “This is a difficult league, but we are looking to get off the ground running. There is a lot of hard work first, six weeks of pre-season – which I think is the most vital part of the season.

“I only ever concentrate on winning the next football match.”


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