Frank Sinclair confirmed as Deputy Director | News
Frank Sinclair has been confirmed as Rovers’ permanent first-team assistant manager.
Following Gary McSheffrey’s appointment as first-team manager on Wednesday, Sinclair was first choice for the role, with the pair striking a good balance during his tenure as goalkeepers at the club.
The former Premier League and Chelsea defender made over 750 career appearances during a 25-year career that ended when he took on a player-manager role at Colwyn Bay, a team struggling Conference North in February 2013.
Relegation favorites in March, The Bay won six straight games under Sinclair to fight their way to safety, with fans dubbing him the great escape. Sinclair won Manager of the Month in April of this season.
Since leaving Colwyn Bay, Sinclair has taken on roles in a number of non-League teams as well as Academy football with spells training with the Stoke City and Port Vale youth teams . He joined Rovers’ Academy earlier this year as a youth development stage coach before stepping into the first-team goalkeeper role with McSheffrey in early December.
There has been another addition to McSheffrey’s coaching staff with Steve Hernandez appointed as the club’s goalkeeper coach. The Sheffield United Academy product came out of the Blades aged 18 and soon turned to coaching.
He was a key part of the goalkeeping coaching staff at Rovers Academy for a number of years and, as the Academy’s Head of Goalkeeping, worked closely with the former first-team coach Paul Gerrard to support the progress of Academy keepers, including current No.1 Louis Jones. .
Hernandez has been in charge of first-team goalkeeping training since Gerrard’s departure in November.