MAN manager Brian Flynn will tell his players “it’s good to talk” as he gets to know his squad more closely over the coming days.
A blank weekend, due to scheduled opponents MK Dons’ FA Cup fourth round commitments, means Flynn’s flying start in charge of Doncaster faces a somewhat unwelcome disruption.
But the 57-year-old intends on using the enforced two-week break wisely on the training ground - and has given The Star an insight into his coaching methods.
During an almost seamless transition from the Dean Saunders days, former Wales caretaker boss Flynn has brought a calm assuredness to the Rovers hot seat.
And he wants that relaxed approach to rub off on his squad.
Flynn said: “I’ll bring experience to this job but above anything else I’m a coach and a man manager.
“I like to talk to the players, and I like them to talk to me too. It’s a strength to ask a question. Some people don’t see that.
“I’m not a shouter, a ranter or a raver. I don’t fight with the players either, I’m not big enough!
“There’s no physical presence involved. I like talking to the players and gauging how they are feeling.”
Flynn, meanwhile, says his job has been made easy since taking the reins from Saunders, guiding Rovers to victories over Stevenage and Leyton Orient.
“I’ve not needed to wipe the slate clean at all, and I’ve not come in and set up lots of rules,” he said.
“I’ve just told the players to carry on what they’ve been doing.”
Flynn’s appointment at Doncaster, a club he briefly captained during the late 1980s, ended an eight-year exile from the domestic game which he spent coaching Wales U21s.
The former midfielder previously managed Wrexham for eight years, a reign which included famous FA Cup wins over Arsenal and West Ham, before a two-year stay at Swansea.
“He’s a very experienced manager,” said new player coach Rob Jones.
“I’ve learned a lot over the last couple of weeks
“He’s like the previous manager, he’s infectious. He wants to get involved and be part of the craic.
“But when work starts he changes.
“We have an awful lot of talent in this dressing room and it’s working at the moment,” he added.
“We’re on a nice little run and it’s a shame there’s no game this weekend to carry on that momentum.”