Former Norwich City coach joins Lowestoft Town

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher has appointed Dale Brooks as his new assistant.

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher has appointed Dale Brooks as his new assistant. - Credit: Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town have named Dale Brooks as the new assistant boss at Crown Meadow as the club look to turn round their ailing fortunes.

Brooks, who recently left his post as under-21s boss at Southend United, will assist manager Ady Gallagher with immediate effect as the Trawlerboys look to arrest a run that has seen them win just once in their last 12 games.

Gleeson, who joined the coaching staff upon Craig Fleming's departure last season, will revert to just being a member of the playing squad.

Gallagher believes the addition of Brooks will help bring out the best from his struggling squad.

'I've always worked closely with people – obviously I'm used to working with Mick (Chapman), Flem and Dave Carolan in the past and we've been able to help and support each other,' said Gallagher, who took the sole reins in the summer at Crown Meadow.

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'Since I've been doing it on my own I felt I needed to bring in someone with a wealth of experience.

'I've just been feeling that the players need something extra and I could not have wished for a better coach to come in.

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'I've spoken to Dale and we hit it off straight away and I can't wait to work with him.'

Brooks was part of Gary Holt's coaching team at Falkirk and followed the former midfielder back to Norwich in August 2014 as senior professional development coach.

He went on to manage Southend Under-21s but left Roots Hall last month to move back to Thetford.

His arrival leaves a question mark over the future of Gleeson and when asked what role the 30-year-old will now have at Crown Meadow, Gallagher replied: 'He is still contracted to the club and is available to be selected.'

Gallagher admitted to considering his own future with the Trawlerboys following their capitulation at Curzon Ashton last weekend.

However, after much soul-searching Gallagher believes he is still the man to take the club forward.

'The first person I always look at is myself,' he said. 'If I felt that I wasn't up for the fight or that I couldn't change things then I think the chairman would invite me to leave.

'You always ask questions of yourself first.

'I've had a lot to mull over in the last three days, particularly my position at the club. But I've got a lot of support and I'm determined to be a success here.'

Gallagher believes he has enough quality in his squad to mastermind an upturn in fortunes but hinted that more changes could be made in the near future.

'If anyone is not happy at this club then they are free to leave,' he said.

'All I want is players that pull on a blue shirt and do everything to represent that shirt to the best of their ability.

'I don't feel that has been happening in the last two or three weeks and I will change that.

'Saturday's performance was a disgrace and it was embarrassing for everyone connected to the club.

'There were a lot of lads hurting after that display but what worried me more was that there were lads it didn't seem to affect. We need to get tighter as a group and that's what I've been trying to do this week.'

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