Fleetwood Town midfielder Bobby Grant believes the club is lucky to be guided by head coach Uwe Rosler.
Having only escaped relegation on the final day of last season, Town remain second in League One today after third-placed Scunthorpe lost 2-1 at Charlton last night.
Fleetwood’s 2-0 win over the Iron on Saturday moved them into an automatic promotion spot and stretched their unbeaten run to 18 league games. And today Scunthorpe are still three points behind from a game more and are without a win in eight games.
Town’s turnaround over 12 months is even more impressive given Rosler only replaced Steven Pressley days before the season began.
Grant admitted: “It was difficult but the moment the manager walked in the door we knew straight away we had a top manager.
“It’s because of the standard he sets and he’s as straight as they come. Every player needs to know where they stand.
“He’s brought such a work ethic. I don’t think I’ve worked under a manager like that. I can’t give him enough praise. I’ve played a lot of football under him and he’s come in and set a really high standard.
“Everyone has bought into that but he’s got an honest group of lads who can get better. We carry out his instructions on the pitch, and as long as we listen to what he says we will be in great hands.”
Having spent most of his career as a striker, Grant has been reinvented as an attacking midfielder thanks to a change in formation.
With Rosler opting for a 3-5-2 line-up, it means the 26-year-old has been moved back into the middle as Town can call upon David Ball, Devante Cole, Wes Burns and Ash Hunter up front.
Despite playing in a more withdrawn role, Grant has still managed six goals this season. “He’s put me in a different position, one I never thought I would play,” Grant said of the head coach.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him, though, for what he’s done for myself.
“A lot of people have said I wasn’t good enough, which is the reason I’ve been in and out of the team but I’ve played 44 games.
“It’s not just about me, though – it’s about the team and it’s always been about the team. That’s the one thing the manager has always said – it’s not about individuals.”
However, Town’s unbeaten run has been overlooked for February’s player and manager of the month awards.
January winner Rosler isn’t on the four-man shortlist this time and no Town players are in contention.