Nigel Adkins says that all of his backroom staff will have a vital role to play as he looks to inspire a change in the Tigers’ fortunes.
Adkins takes over a side that currently sits just three points above the Championship relegation zone, but the new Head Coach is confident he has the personnel in place to spark an upturn in form with his arrival bringing just one new addition to the staff.
“The input of all members of staff is going to be important,” said Adkins, who has added long-time assistant Andy Crosby to the ranks.
“Andy brings some fantastic qualities and we first met at Scunthorpe United. He was the captain and made over 700 appearances as a player. I made him my assistant when I took over as manager and you can see from our history that we’ve achieved some really good things. I’d like to think that we’re going to enjoy our time here, too.
“I know Tony Pennock (First Team Coach) really well as we were together at Wigan Athletic – he was a young goalkeeper when I was there as a player. He is now a good coach and I need to give him the opportunity to do that here.
“As an ex-goalkeeper myself, I’m sure I’ll have a good relationship with Pat Mountain the Goalkeeping Coach. We’ve met before and I’m looking forward to working with him. I often say that goalkeepers are the most important players in a team, so we have to make sure we look after them.
“Rob Price heads up the sports science and medical side of things and we have an excellent sports science department here, and I know Steve Barrett (Sports Scientist) from my time at Scunthorpe.
“We have good analysts as well and everybody has a role to play here, they’re all going to bring something to the table. We have to bring all of that together.”
With a background in physiotherapy, Adkins will have a keen eye on the fitness of his players and the recoveries of long-term injury victims Moses Odubajo, Ryan Mason, Will Keane and Abel Hernandez.
“There are no quick fixes,” continued Adkins.
“We had a good staff meeting on Thursday morning and I’ve been into the medical department where we went through all of the players. We can see that there have been a lot of long-term injuries and short-term injuries and we looked at the fitness levels of players.
“That needs to be addressed but it’s not going to happen overnight. We have a lot of players who are at different stages and levels of fitness so we need to manage that.
“There are several players who have had long-term injuries and from my own experience as a physio I have a good understanding of those injuries. Sometimes, when they are fit again, they need that bit longer to regain their previous form. We’ll see how they go.”
A full interview with Nigel Adkins will be available to view later today on Tigers TV.