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Dutton excited by Saddlers ‘project’

22 May 2019

Assistant Coach Brian Dutton is excited by the “project” of rebuilding the Saddlers.

The 34-year-old joined the club’s backroom staff on Monday and will work alongside two former Bristol Rovers colleagues in manager Darrell Clarke and fellow Assistant Coach Marcus Stewart.

Boss Clarke, who brought Dutton to Rovers and handed him the captaincy at Salisbury, has already overseen some major changes in his first 12 days in charge.

As well as assembling a new-look backroom team, Clarke has allowed 11 players to leave and completed his first signing in another ex-Pirate, Stuart Sinclair.

And Dutton, who has also assumed the role of Professional Phase Development Coach, is looking forward to getting stuck in to the task at hand.

“It’s very comfortable to come in with people I trust,” he said.

“I built up good relationships with Marcus during my time at Bristol Rovers and I have known Darrell for over a decade now so the relationship there is very strong.

“I am happy to be here and I want to progress this project to its maximum.

“With the project we have here, we want to develop youth and I think everyone will be dipping in with that.

“I have come from a development background in that I worked in colleges for many years and then I progressed into the first-team environment at Bristol Rovers. Working with young talent is natural to me.

“A blank canvas is every coaching staff and manager’s dream but there is no such thing in my opinion. Everything is determined by results.

“Gelling in time is very much a key factor, as is getting momentum - that’s key.

“As well as gelling, you must get the results to gain a bit of momentum and to gain a bit of confidence. It is really important to get off to a good start.

“The key for me is being able to bring players in and gain the identity that we want and the correct working environment.

“The rest, like results, will hopefully follow suit.”

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