Ian Dawes talks Nigel Adkins, Neil Danns, and player development

Recently, Tranmere Rovers’ backroom staff and retained players have begun to take shape, with a new manager at the helm, assistant, sporting director and new contracts to boot. 

Tranmere manager Ian Dawes spoke all about the recent incomings and how it’ll benefit the cause of the club. 

Speaking about former Premier League manager and new sporting director, Nigel Adkins, Dawes stated, “It’s his experience, also his contacts, are so important for us.”

“He’s a really good person as well, he’s met everyone in each department and been asking how he can help everybody. He’s such a big character and a big personality to come into the Club, his history at the Club obviously speaks for itself.

“His experience is invaluable for me. We speak nearly every day and he’s a great person to speak to and to bounce ideas off, to get a little bit of knowledge in certain areas. He’s great to get on board.”

Fellow Liverpool-born Neil Danns joins Ian Dawes in the dugout as assistant manager, after his two-year spell at Macclesfield.

A vastly experienced head in the Rovers camp, Neil Danns has moved from a competent midfielder, including a spell at Tranmere, to the management side and after a recent spell in the dugout at the Silkmen, guiding them to the Northern Premier League Division One West Title, his role is to assist Dawes and his backroom staff at Rovers. 

“Neil Danns is another good addition,” said Dawes. 

“I look at myself, Andy Parkinson and even Neil Danns now, the three of us have had similar backgrounds and upbringings, coming through at Liverpool and getting an education there on how the game should be played, and he’s pretty much on the same page as myself and Andy. 

After the retained list was released and new deals are being penned, Dawes speaks highly about the development of players. 

“Development is massive. We’ve got players like Tom Davies, a really experienced player, but he hasn’t stopped developing and learning, always coming to us and wanting to improve. 

“This is the mindset and the environment at the Club that we’re trying to create, is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still improve as a player.”

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