The summer at non-league clubs generally always see’s players come and go, but this summer Mark Fell has also taken the opportunity to refresh his backroom staff ahead of the new campaign.
As many supporters will be aware, Matt Booth left his post as physio at the end of last season to spend time with his young family, with Elliott Burke taking up a role abroad and therefore relinquishing his performance analyst role. Following a further backroom staff restructure, Scott Campbell moved onto pastures new after being in the role of 1st team coach for 18 months and GK coach Rob Sadler relocated to Cheshire with work and took a role at Northwich Victoria. All four leave the club with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.
The club are delighted to welcome Nathan Rooney, Ben Cole and Dominic Smith to the staff team.
Nathan Rooney joins the direct player management team with Mark Fell and Graham Lancashire, the UEFA A, vastly experienced young coach, has working both overseas and with local clubs Blackburn Rovers and currently Fleetwood Town with the u23’s and u18’s. Blackburn based, the 30 year old held a watching brief at the pre-season game on Tuesday but is expected to commence his work with the players from the weekend.
Ben Cole has been recruited as the new club physio and comes with an excellent pedigree. The Essex born medic who now lives in Rochdale spent time at Preston North End as well as working with elite athletes with Altius Heath – Ben started his role last weekend undertaking medical assessments for some of the current squad.
Dominic Smith is the clubs new performance analyst, the Cardiff University graduate lives in Macclesfield and will take over the filming of games and the coding of key performance indicators to assist the management team.
Speaking about the first names in his new staff line up, Rams boss Mark Fell, “the end of the season was a chance for me to take stock, I had some good chats with the board about how different staffing structures may work and then went about putting the right people into the right roles. We were all keen to learn from some of the issues which potentially cost us points last season and put them right. We’ve some new staff with fresh ideas and there is already a good dynamic within the group. I’ve known Nathan for a long time, he’s an outstanding coach and brings with him great ideas, a really professional way of working and a good network of contacts. Both Ben and Dom have really impressed me so far and they’ve both critical roles to play once we get cracking. I’ll be bringing a GK coach into the club in the next week or so and I want to add to our scouting pool. Things will look a little different from last season and that’s a positive, we want specific expertise within the club as well as the right characters”