Jon Dahl Tomasson believes he has struck the right mix of old and new with his coaching staff.

Remy Reijnierse and Ben Rosen have been appointed as assistant head coach and performance director respectively, arriving alongside head coach Tomasson.

Reijnierse, aged 60, has experience in the Championship having worked as part of the coaching staff at Sheffield Wednesday for two years, and was assistant to Tomasson at previous club Malmo.

Englishman Rosen also worked with the pair at Malmo, and as part of the Denmark national team when Tomasson was assistant.

Rovers retained the services of first-team coach David Lowe, goalkeeping coach Ben Benson and first-team technical coach Damien Johnson, a decision backed by Tomasson.

He said: “I think it’s important for the club to keep some coaching staff, because they know exactly how things work at the club. We already have had good chats.

“I brought in a very good assistant, Remy, who I work with at Malmo, Ben Rosen, a physical coach from England, he speaks the language a little bit better than me, who I worked with in the Danish side and at Malmo.

“There are two people I know extremely well which is important when you want to implement a new way of playing in some parts of the game and they know exactly how I think, my approach towards the staff and players so that will make it easy.

“When you come to a new club you have to respect the previous manager, but also the people working with him and doing a great job already.”

Mark Venus departed alongside Tony Mowbray, but Rovers had always intended to retain the services of Lowe, Benson and Johnson.

There was an opening to bring in Reijnierse, after Venus’ exit, while Liam Mason’s move to Newcastle United saw Rovers searching for a new fitness coach.

Director of football Greg Broughton believes Reijnierse in particular is an astute appointment.

“He (Tomasson) hasn’t been a manager of head coach in the Championship before, I think he’s made a really wise appointment in terms of his assistant manager in Remy who has been an assistant manager with Sheffield Wednesday,” he explained.

“His coaching staff have already been here for many years working with Tony, the medical team, sports science, have been here and worked in the Championship.

“Hopefully I can help support him with that as well.”


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