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Wright Relishing New Role

Posted: Tue 12 Feb 2013
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Alan Wright says that he is enjoying the challenge of working with Blackpool’s first team stars, after recently making the step up to assist caretaker manager Steve Thompson.

Former Blackpool and Aston Villa full-back Wright began the season coaching at The Seasiders' Centre of Excellence, while also working at non-league Northwich Victoria. 

“It’s been slightly different to what I’m used to, in the respect that you have to think a little bit more tactically what you want from the players rather than technically like you do with the younger lads,” said Wright. 

“I’m enjoying it, it’s something that I’ve wanted to do and I’m enjoying where I am at the moment. Obviously the quality is better, because you are dealing with players who are better technically and they are more aware tactically as well. 

“The sessions are a little bit quicker – you have to adapt the sessions to the quality of your players. Instead of using a bigger area it’s got to be a lot smaller because technically they are better and they keep the ball better.”

As well as offering a helping hand to Tommo on the touchline over the past month, the 41-year-old has also been keen to implement his own changes on the training field, trying to pass on some of his experience to the current crop of Pool defenders.

“With what I’ve done playing wise in the game I probably have a better knowledge of defending that Tommo has, and vice-versa with him and the attacking players. I think it’s a good mix and hopefully it’ll continue.

“It’s going well, obviously me and the players are still trying to find out about each other. I have things in my mind that they might question and then I’ve got to convince them that this often works or has more chance of working than the way they’re thinking.

“It’s a learning curve for both of us, but we’ve got a good working relationship and they’re trying to absorb what I’m trying to tell them and take it on board. Fingers crossed we can cut some silly mistakes out.”