Barry takes to role at deep end like duck to water

Barry Nicholson says he is enjoying his role as first-team coach at Fleetwood Town after he was thrown in at the deep end at the start of the season.

Friday, 20th January 2017, 7:25 am
Barry Nicholson

Nicholson stepped up from his development squad coaching role after assistant manager Chris Lucketti left to team up with Scunthorpe boss and ex-Town manager Graham Alexander at Scunthorpe.

But just weeks after taking on the new role, then manager Steven Pressley was replaced by Uwe Rosler. And ex-Preston player Nicholson (right) says he is enjoying the role.

He said: “I love the role and the gaffer has been brilliant with me. I was thrown in at the deep end a little bit at the start of the season.

“The previous manager left and Uwe came in quickly, and I was still in between the developmental squad and the first team.

“After the first couple of weeks Uwe just said to stay with the first-team squad.

“Every day has been excellent and I feel I’m heavily involved in the training sessions. The manager has been excellent for me.

“Away from it he’s a very friendly character and nice to be around. He loves football, and on the training pitch and on matchday he’s very intense. But he’s a winner and we’ll all do anything to win games.

“But we’ve had some relaxing days away from it. We’ve managed to spend some time together. He’s a top, top guy and a pleasure to be around.”