Brian Dutton Happy to Take Dual Role as He Seeks to Foster a Positive Environment Brian Dutton Happy to Take Dual Role as He Seeks to Foster a Positive Environment

Brian Dutton Happy to Take Dual Role as He Seeks to Foster a Positive Environment

Walsall's new Assistant and Development coach Brian Dutton, who recently joined the club alongside fellow former Bristol Rovers colleague Marcus Stewart to form part of Darrell Clarke's rebuild coaching set up, has admitted that he is excited by the prospect of rebuilding the recently relegated team.
Dutton, who had been part of Rovers' backroom team since March 2017, admitted that he is happy to have a squad with room to add his mark upon, but also insisted that whilst it is important to begin the season strong, it is equally important to build a positive environment, something which should help the team to thrive.

As well as serving as an assistant alongside Marcus Stewart, Dutton will also assume the role of professional phase development coach, a similar role once filled by the soon-to-be-departing John Ward, and Brian insisted that he is happy to be taking on a dual role with his new club.

Speaking via the club's official website, Brian said; "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, and I am happy to wear both hats."

When asked about the prospect of beginning next season with a refreshed squad and something of a clean slate, Brian insisted that there is no such thing as a clean slate, and the team have to start the upcoming campaign in form.

He continued; "A blank canvas is every coaching staff and manager’s dream, but there is no such thing in my opinion. If you lose three games on the bounce, then all of a sudden that blank canvas is no good to anybody.

"It is really important to get off to a good start. It goes hand in hand, the positive environment and the results. If you do get poor results, it does slow down the positive environment.

"The be-all and end-all is to be able to create that positive environment and hopefully the results will follow, and that is what we will be looking to do."
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