Doncaster Rovers: Why James Coppinger compared Darren Moore to Sir Bobby Robson

James Coppinger has likened Darren Moore to legendary manager Sir Bobby Robson when discussing the impact made since his appointment at Doncaster Rovers.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 10:02 pm
Sir Bobby Robson

Coppinger played under Robson at Newcastle United and says he has seen plenty of similarities in the management style of Moore - particularly in how he deals with players.

"I was at Newcastle with Sir Bobby Robson and I see massive similarities between the two in terms of their man management," Coppinger told the Free Press.

"He's so calm and enthusiastic and the way he comes across is unbelievable for me.

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"I don't think I've experienced that since Sir Bobby. He handed me my debut, I was in and around the first team for two seasons.

"It's a pleasure to come in every day. I'm learning at 38.

"He's been massive for the young lads, tactically as well as motivationally.

"On a personal level managing me and communicating with me has made a massive difference."

The 38-year-old believes the personable approach is an underrated one in football management.

And Coppinger is convinced the close connection between squad and manager has helped Rovers make a strong start to life with Moore as manager.

He said: "I think if you ask any player in our squad they'll all say the same thing. You look forward to coming in.

"There's no hidden agendas, there's no egos. Everyone is on a level playing field.

"It's something he made apparent when he first came in. It doesn't matter who you are, when you get an opportunity and make it your own then you'll stay in.

"I think everyone has warmed to him as a person and a manager and I think it's shown in our performances.

"We've been so consistent and together, not just with the 11 that have started but the whole squad - looking at Donervon Daniels stepping in after Cameron John's injury and he was magnificent coming in at that late notice."