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Newport County next manager after Graham Coughlan
Newport County’s Graham Coughlan is gearing up for a new era
Managing a team in the EFL League Two is not the easiest task in the world. For Graham Coughlan, Newport County is one of the many challenges he’s taken on in his career.
Coughlan’s managerial experience only began recently as he took the helm of Bristol Rovers in 2018. His time with the Rovers was focused on a defensive style of play, giving him the experience that saw him gain an eventual promotion from a caretaker position into a permanent basis. During his time at Bristol, he was able to elevate their game and avoid a narrow relegation away from 19th place in the League One championship. He managed to find success in the 2019-20 season as well, securing some underdog victories against teams like the Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town FC.
In December 2019, Coughlan was signed by Mansfield Town and given the chance to lead a League Two team into a fairytale promotion. Unfortunately, they parted ways in a little under a year as Coughlan couldn’t make things stick after a poor start to the season.
He also had a brief stint at Sheffield United as a U23 coach. Now, he’s fully focused on making things happen at Newport County. With two and a half years on his contract. Currently, the team hasn’t had the best season with 26 games played while sitting in 19th place.
To turn things around, he’s focusing on high energy football at Rodney Parade. The physicality of League Two is something that plays a significant role to how a squad can perform. At Newport, Coughlan is teaming up with fellow Irishman, Joe Dunne who previously worked with him at Mansfield and Bristol Rovers for the role of assistant manager.
Another agenda at the top of his list in this role is to motivate the players. On their victory against Leyton Orient “the squad is strong” and “once the players buy in and give it their all, I don’t think we will have a problem” he said in a BBC interview.
For his short, medium and long term goals, Coughlan is looking at getting some points on the board, leading to a way for the team to build confidence. From there, he aims to focus on a game by game approach to success.
Compared to James Rowsberry, the ex-manager of Newport County, Coughlan has his own beliefs on how to manage a team. “I am a big one for the youth side of things.” He’s aiming to develop a lot of the younger players, but there’s still some attention saved for the experienced guys on the team. For example, players like Matty Dolan, Mickey Demetriou and Scot Bennet are some team leaders he expects to give the younger players some wisdom.
For his long-term goals for the season, he’s trying to rebuild confidence from the fans in the team. Rodney Parade will certainly be delighted to hear that, as Newport County is taking things to the next level.
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