Hogg Working as First-Team Coach
Tuesday, 23rd Oct 2018 12:11
Town boss Paul Hurst has confirmed that U23s assistant manager Chris Hogg is now working with the senior side as first-team coach.
Hogg, 33, previously spent time with the first team late last season as an assistant to caretaker-boss Bryan Klug alongside U23s manager Gerard Nash following Mick McCarthy’s departure.
“Yes, we’ve asked Chris to come and work with the first team and do some coaching with us,” Hurst said.
“I’ve been impressed with him and Gerard in terms of the work they’ve done and I just felt with Chris, just a different voice, something different, and obviously he has a relationship with some of the younger players, that it would be beneficial, so we’ve asked him to come and work with us.”
Is it important to progress coaches’ careers as well as players’? “When we first came in continuity was one of the first things mentioned. What I said from the start is that I don’t mind that idea at all but I’ve got to think that they’re the right sort of people to do that.
“There’s no point just saying do it and not actually thinking they’re good enough. So we’ve taken a bit of time to look at it and have seen how the lads work and I think there are some good coaches here, that’s for sure.
“I think it fits with what the owner wanted. For me it’s something different. That’s something me and [assistant manager] Chris [Doig] have not had the luxury of in the past, it’s always just been us two and I think it’ll help the transition for players as well.”
Regarding Hogg’s title, he added: “He’s first-team coach at the minute but people get obsessed with titles. Basically, the players have been told he’s working with us and to give him the respect that I would expect any member of staff to get anyway.”
He says no one else has been given a role working alongside Nash with the U23s: “No, but we’ve got plenty of members of staff who can help out if needs be.”
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