Vastly experienced pair join Clark’s staff

Mick Rathbone
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Lee Clark has added two new faces to his coaching staff at Bloomfield Road.

Vastly experienced pair Malcolm Crosby and Mick Rathbone have agreed terms at Bloomfield Road after talks between boss Clark and Karl Oyston last week.

Malcolm Crosby (right) working as Gareth Southgate's number two at Middlesbrough

Malcolm Crosby (right) working as Gareth Southgate's number two at Middlesbrough

Crosby, who joins as Head of Recruitment, boasts 22 years of management and coaching experience.

Following a playing career of almost 500 league appearances, Crosby joined Sunderland as manager in 1991 and most recently took caretaker charge at Birmingham City this season.

Rathbone is another who boasts a long playing career with the likes of Preston, Blackburn and Birmingham before moving into the medical trade in 1995.

After a spell at Preston as physio, Rathbone took up the post of head of medical at Everton where he spent eight years working alongside David Moyes.

And the arrival of both delight boss Clark.

“There’s a lot of things been going on in the background with us addressing the staff issues being one,” he said.

“We’ve been able to bring a head of recruitment in, which I don’t think we’ve ever had before at this club, to oversee player recruitment and also look at opposition.

“We’ve also brought in someone as head of performance who will oversee the medical team but also the fitness side of thing.

“He will give us vital statistics on the fitness of the 
players and their performance.

“Coupled with Paul Crichton and Noel Blake who are already here the staff is starting to take shape now.”