Let’s cre­ate new le­gacy

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AS­SIS­TANT boss James Rowe says Gary Wad­dock’s le­gacy at Alder­shot Town must be put to one side in or­der for the new regime to cre­ate a new bit of his­tory, writes STEVE GIBBS.

The 32- year- old for­mer West Ham United Academy coach was un­veiled as Wad­dock’s as­sis­tant this week ahead of the first pre­sea­son friendly of the sum­mer against Queens Park Rangers on Fri­day night ( July 1, ko 7.45pm).

Rowe was pre­vi­ously As­sis­tant Academy Di­rec­tor with the Ham­mers, af­ter forg­ing a pro­lific record as a pacy striker with His­ton, Can­vey Is­land, Leam­ing­ton, Leis­ton and AFC Sud­bury.

A UEFA A- Li­cence­qual­i­fied coach, Rowe has also worked in the Birm­ing­ham City Academy for three years and as a coach­ing ad­vi­sor to the Premier League – for whom he provided tech­ni­cal re­ports on Academy teams across Eng­land and Europe – and holds a Masters of Re­search De­gree in Sports Sci­ence from Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity.

He is cur­rently study­ing for a Master in Coach­ing de­gree at the Jo­han Cruyff In­sti­tute in Am­s­ter­dam, along­side eight elite coaches and ath­letes across a range of sports from around the world.

“It’s been a full- on five years, mainly in youth devel­op­ment, but now is the right time to step into first­team foot­ball,” ex­plained James of his re­cent ca­reer. “It had to be the right op­por­tu­nity – there were a cou­ple that came along that I didn’t take, be­cause it didn’t feel right, but this cer­tainly feels right, es­pe­cially with Gary at the helm.

“I think on the man­age­rial side he can teach me a lot, and I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge. You’re al­ways learn­ing as a coach, and this is go­ing to be an­other chap­ter where I will hope­fully learn a lot and give a lot back,” ad­mit­ted Rowe.

“I’ve known Gary for three- and- a- half years, our re­la­tion­ship is strong, we bounce off each other quite well, and our phi­los­o­phy is along the same lines – we want to play at­trac­tive, at­tack­ing foot­ball.

“We want to bring back the noise to the EBB Sta­dium and play in the right way. Gary had a very suc­cess­ful sea­son here in 2007- 08 but we’ve got to put that to one side – that’s part of the le­gacy of the Club and we now need to cre­ate a new bit of his­tory, and I’m con­fi­dent we can do that.”

“There’s a lot of strings to his bow and he’s very good at all of them,” Wad­dock ex­plained.

“He’s a for­ward- think­ing coach who has been brave enough to go overseas for his own devel­op­ment, and I felt it was the right time for him to work along­side se­nior play­ers. He’s very en­thu­si­as­tic and he wants to learn – he’ll take ev­ery­thing on board but he’s his own man at the same time.”

Wad­dock com­pleted his 11th sign­ing of the sum­mer on Mon­day when he agreed a one- year deal with Liam Bel­lamy, from Dover Ath­letic.

He is ex­pected to be in­volved when Jimmy Floy­dHas­sel­baink brings a strong Queens Park Rangers team to the EBB Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

Shake on it, pal: Man­ager Gary Wad­dock wel­comes his new as­sis­tant, James Rowe, to Alder­shot Town.

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