Fleetwood boss Joey Barton is relishing mixing his new backroom staff with Town’s “superb” coaching crop.
Barton has just seen development squad coach Paul Murray move on to join former Town boss John Sheridan at Carlisle United.
Barton says discussions are ongoing over the best structure for his backroom staff.
Barton brought two coaches with him to Town: his ex-QPR team-mate Clint Hill and experienced Steve Eyre. Sports psychologist Steve Black, who worked with England Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, will also be helping out.
Barton is also excited about working with the existing first-team staff, including Barry Nicholson, goalkeeping coach David Lucas, sports scientists Youl Mawene and James Barrow, and analysts Jake Barnes and Glen Cruickshank.
There was no mention of Rob Kelly. Uwe Rosler’s assistant has remained on the staff since the German’s sacking in February and is not expected to link up with him at Malmo in Sweden.
Barton cannot wait to get to work with the players when training begins on Monday. He said: “Everybody just sees me at this moment but the beauty of it is there are a lot more layers to it. Other people are going to come into the football club.
“We are very fortunate to have Clint Hill, a phenomenal pro and player with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“Hilly has been a captain and a leader at most clubs he has played for. He’s Benjamin Button – he was still playing last season (at 39) and was Carlisle’s player of the year.
“Steve Eyre has managed at all different levels from football in the community to first team at Rochdale, and has had lots of ups and downs.
“We already have a phenomenal coaching structure in place. Baz Nicholson was here when I came to the club (to train in 2012). He has spent time here and is a very loyal coach.
“You have Dave, Youl, Jimmy and everybody else, even the analysts Glen and Jake, who I can see are engaged. They want to learn and get better. And we are going to bring into that Steve Black, who for me is the best in the world at what he does. I think we are very fortunate because Steve makes everything better.
“I don’t feel any added pressure because I know I have a superb team behind me.”
Barton says his style as team leader will be to treat all his players as individuals.
He explained: “A weird thing in football is that they (managers) try to treat everyone the same. My style will be different. I believe everybody needs to be treated differently all the time.
“Everybody needs to train differently as well. There needs to be bespoke individual programmes to get the best out of everyone.
“Obviously there will be a general utilitarian approach in terms of having to train as a team to replicate things you are going to face in game situations.
“But at times a defender has to train differently to an attacker on skills, the same way that goalkeepers tend to.
“I think you have to be open to new ideas. I’m very much an advocate of American coaching philosophies.
“You need people who are the main experts at what they do and allow them to do those roles.
“You need a set-piece coach, whose responsibility is to be very skilled and to up-skill everybody at offensive and defensive set-plays.
“We had a meeting about how to use our coaching structure more efficiently, so that everyone is aligned and has clear outlined aims and responsibilities going forward.
“If you have those clear objectives and clarity of role you become very efficient at what you do.”