Raith Rovers Manager John McGlynn was awarded the trophy for Ladbrokes SPFL Manager of the Month for League 1 at the end of September after a run of 4 straight wins. 

With the team only conceding 1 goal last month, it was also a well – deserved award for Rovers Defender Steven Anderson who was awarded the Player award.

These monthly awards presented by the main sponsors are always greatly valued by managers, but Rovers boss McGlynn was keen that recognition be made of the team effort made by the entire coaching and backroom staff at Stark’s Park.

Official club photographer Tony Fimister met the coaching and backroom staff earlier this week to get a photo of the backroom team, and for their combined efforts to be acknowledged.

Back (l-r): Iain Williamson, Stephanie Crolla, Simon Pollock, Cameron Ross Front (l-r): Paul Smith, John McGlynn, Andy Tannahill, Blair Doughty (missing from picture: David McGurn & Greg Gordon)

Speaking exclusively to www.raithrovers.net, John talked about the team around him that have contributed to the award:

“This award is testament to the work getting done behind the scenes, everyone has played a big part in our start to the season and with this monthly award, I want to give recognition to the whole of my backroom staff for the part they’ve played.

As everyone knows, myself and Paul Smith go back to our first time at the Rovers and how well we work together. Paul is instrumental in the everyday running of the first team; we bounce every possible detail of training and games off each other to come up with the tactics and team selection to do our best on a match day, and the results of this has been shown in the performances and results on the pitch.

Blair Doughty is our Sports Scientist who was introduced to us by Tom Ritchie who worked with the team last season before joining Cove Rangers with Paul Hartley. Blair is one of the most enthusiastic Sports Scientists I have ever come across; he is young, intelligent, respectful and has gained a lot of experience at Dundee FC. He keeps the players on their toes and keeps them sharp and running the full 90+ minutes in games. This has helped us score many late goals already this season.

Cammy Ross manages the strength and conditioning programme, especially for the younger members of our squad like Kieron Bowie, Dylan Tait and Jack Smith as well as helping Blair with match day duties.

Iain Williamson & Stephanie Crolla form a partnership as Physiotherapists. They share the load between them to try to prevent injuries and deal with the injuries as we get them: getting the players back on the pitch as quickly as possible. They have been busy, as every Raith fan knows about the injuries we pick up with the vast majority coming in games situations. I appreciate the hard work they do on a day to day basis to keep the players training and playing.

Simon Pollock our kit man does an amazing job around the club, turning his hand to many different jobs but always having the players out on the pitch looking a million dollars in their quality kit. Simon travels ahead of the team to away games to set up the kit so as soon as we all arrive we’re good to go. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he’s willing to help out in any situation that crops up.

Andy Tannahill is the first team Video Analyist; he films our games both home and away and cuts the game up into sections that myself and Paul Smith require to deliver to the players at the beginning of the week. Andy also gets as much video footage as possible on the opposition which he again cuts up and we go over this towards the end of the week giving the players the information they need to know on what to expect from our next opponents. This is an important job and saves myself and Paul Smith hours of going through games; his contribution is invaluable as we rely very much on our pre and post-match analysis.

Goalkeeper coach David McGurn is doubling up as a player and coach, and he’s getting as much credit as a player as he is a coach but there is no doubt he has played his part. All goalkeepers want clean sheets and we have had 4 in 9 league games which is a good return; we look to have as many if not more in the next quarter, but a big thanks to Davie for all his hard work.

I’d also like to pay tribute to Greg Gordon who travels all over the country watching teams in advance of Raith Rovers playing against them. The effort he puts in, looking at tactical ways in which we can gain an advantage over upcoming opponents, is of great value to everyone on the footballing side and greatly appreciated by myself. 

 I would also like thank the players who have worked so hard and produced some top-class performance already this season.

The supporters have also played their part – supporting the club in so many different ways; buying season tickets, supporting the Raith Supporters’ Fund (which has been an added help with recruitment) and vocally supporting the squad home and away which is greatly appreciated.

These are just a few ways in which you the supporters support the club, because without you we have nothing and we’re all in this together.”

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