Wood the man to stop the rot

Fleetwood Town's Richard Wood
Fleetwood Town's Richard Wood
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New Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley is delighted to be reunited with defender Richard Wood but admits he doesn’t know how long he can hang on to the loan ace.

Wood was at Coventry under Pressley’s command, a victim of the Sky Blues radical cost-cutting agenda.

He’s currently with Town on a month-long loan from Rotherham United and Pressley believes he’s just the kind of character Fleetwood need.

However, he knows the managerial shake-up at the New York Stadium may end up making the reunion a brief one.

“Wood’s come in, he’s got a good presence, he’s a terrific character,” said Pressley

“He was at Coventry when I arrived at the club.

“He’d been out for a period with injuries and his wages were rather high so I had to get rid of him.

“But he was a great character and it was good to see him when I came in here.”

Town have a relatively young squad and Pressley will be looking to old hands like Wood in the coming weeks as he begins the task of turning round Fleetwood’s current slump.

And the former Coventry boss believes there’s nobody better to have around.

He continued: “I think guys of his experience are vitally important, as long as they are the right type.

“The one thing about Wood is he’s the right type.

“He’s a terrific professional and he has real pride in his job and that has to filter down to the young players.

“Having experienced players in your club isn’t the important thing.

“It’s having good experienced players and he falls into that category.”

But there is a snag. Wood’s month-long loan comes to an end after Town’s midweek trip to Barnsley on October 24.

With the manager’s office at the New York Stadium currently vacant, Pressley is worried the decision on keeping the big defender may be out of his control.

He said: “The one difficulty with loan players is that come the end of the loan period at times it’s not always your own decision.

“We have a player here, (Richard) Wood, who while he’s been here Rotherham have changed managers.

“We might be in a position where we want to extend that but the new manager at Rotherham might want Wood back so he can assess him.

“These are the types of situation we have no control over.

“But we’ll address that when we have to.”