New coach prepares for first Lowestoft Town game
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Dale Brooks hopes his wealth of experience can help arrest Lowestoft Town's recent slide after being named the new assistant manager at Crown Meadow.
Brooks was officially confirmed as Ady Gallagher's number two this week after the Blues chief took decisive action in trying to halt a run that has seen the Trawlerboys win just one of their last 12 games.
The final straw came last weekend when Lowestoft were thumped 4-1 defeat at Curzon Ashton, prompting Gallagher to decide a change was needed.
After taking advice from Norwich City first team coach Gary Holt, Gallagher was passed Brooks' details and the former Southend Under-21s' boss had no hesitation in accepting Lowestoft's offer: 'I've been fortunate enough to work at all levels and I've got a bit of experience behind me,' said Brooks, who has also had coaching roles at Norwich City, Falkirk and Cambridge United.
'Hopefully I can bring one or two ideas that could make a difference and I'm looking forward to getting right in amongst it.
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'Looking at the situation and the club's recent run of form something is not quite right.
'That might just be a lack of confidence and it's about building the players back up. Hopefully I can bring a different approach which will help the situation and we can make a few tweaks here and there.'
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Gallagher, inset, has admitted to making mistakes since taking sole charge of the club in the summer but hopes the addition of Brooks to the coaching set-up will give him a trusted sounding board to bounce ideas off.
Brooks has been impressed by Gallagher's passion for the Trawlerboys and is certain the pair can improve the club's fortunes, starting today at home to Harrogate.
'I don't think Gary (Holt) would have put my name to Ady if he didn't think we could work well together,' added Brooks. 'I've had a good chat with Ady and it is clear he just wants what's best for Lowestoft Town.
'I'm not really sure what the remit is at the moment – if it's consolidation in this league then that's what we can work towards.'
Brooks, who left Southend to be closer to his family in Thetford, insists he won't have any problem with the notorious amount of travelling involved with working at Lowestoft in National League North.
'I know where one or two of the places are and the downside for Lowestoft is that they are in the northern section,' he said. 'But it works both ways and these sides have got to come to Lowestoft.
'When you're involved in football, you know exactly what you're getting yourself into and the travel is just one part of it.'
Chris Henderson remains a doubt with a knee injury although Michael Spillane and Scott Mitchell will both be available as their suspensions for red cards at Curzon don't take effect until later this month.