Fleming joins Blues as coach

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

“I DON'T see much difference in the standards here and that of King's Lynn - despite there being three leagues between them there is very little difference at all.

“I DON'T see much difference in the standards here and that of King's Lynn - despite there being three leagues between them there is very little difference at all.”

That was the reaction of the new first team coach at Lowestoft Town this week Craig Fleming as he assessed the players who have started the new Ridgeons League season in style with two wins from their first two league games.

The former Norwich City legend has taken his first steps into coaching with a new role at Crown Meadow.

And joining him in bringing a real professional feel to the training ground is former City fitness coach Dave Carolan and the Canaries' Football in the Community coach Darran Lovell.

While not being overly-active in the pre-season transfer merry-go-round, the Blues management and committee decided to take a different approach to many of their rivals.

And The Journal can today reveal that Colchester United's new fitness coach Carolan has taken charge of fitness for the first team squad at Crown Meadow, with Fleming in charge of coaching and Lovell providing specialist goalkeeping coaching with Andy Reynolds, Adam Rix, Dave Attridge and the youth team keepers.

Speaking for the first time this week about the appointments, the joint management duo of Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher expressed their delight with their coaching captures.

“We are very, very lucky to have them,” Chapman exclusively told The Journal. “The professional coaching they have bought to the club has been immense,” Gallagher added.

All three of the coaching recruits stressed that they are working closely with the management and “are not stepping on their toes.”

“We are working as a group together and they have brought new ideas and a real professional feel to the club,” Chapman revealed.

With over 700 professional football appearances under his belt - 382 of those with Norwich City - Fleming had launched into coaching with a vigour that epitomised his defensive displays.

“Craig's experience is invaluable to teams like us,” Gallagher said.

Fleming told The Journal: “I'm settled in Norfolk and wanted to stay in the area - so this was perfect for me to keep in football.”

Expressing similar sentiments, Carolan added: “The lads are brilliant, they work really hard - and remember they've put a full day at work as well - so in the two sessions a week where we push them physically they always put in 100pc effort, which is great.”

Reflecting on their acquisitions, Chapman said: “These guys can make a difference to the whole squad on the fitness and coaching side, more so than any new player.

“The lads are buzzing, the atmosphere at training is amazing and we can see the difference already in terms of fitness levels and the fast-tempo to our game.

“With the money that is being spent on players at the moment and what we have got, is fantastic,” Chapman revealed.

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