Rossi Ready For New Challenges Ahead

He played for Hibs alongside footballing heavyweights such as Scott Brown and Derek Riordan, broke ground as the first Scot to play in the fiercely competitive Slovakian league, dealing with languages he couldn’t understand but new Peebles Rovers manager Ger Rossi admits that stepping into management is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in his football career to date. Speaking to www.peeblesrovers.com, the boss chatted about how he’s settling into life as the boss at Whitestone Park, he said: “It’s been quite a challenge, no doubt about that! It’s a big change going from being a player last season to being in charge this year and having to make decisions and organise training sessions, but I’ve been lucky to get two great assistants in Allan and Bruce.”

After receiving the call about the job, the committee and the management team swiftly went to work with plans to take Peebles Rovers in an entirely new direction, employing a new policy of youth development and promotion, as the management took action to recruit some of Peeblesshire’s finest young footballing talents for the new league season and Rossi says it’s an experience unlike anything else: “One of the main things we wanted to do was to make the idea of bringing young Peebles lads through the ranks as the club’s long term vision, and like I said it is a massive challenge but it’s an exciting one that’s kept me on my toes!”

“I’ve enjoyed a great upbringing in the game, but I don’t think anything can prepare you for something like this. As a manager, you succeed or fail by what you believe in and this new vision is what i believe in, there’s a lot of hard work that’s going to need to be done but I think this is going to be the start of something that really benefits the town and the club.”
But, this can’t be done alone and the gaffer knows what a big impact the support from the stand can have, he explained: The support is massive, so far the crowds have been fantastic and we need it to continue. I know it can be hard to relate if you don’t have a friend or relative to support, but going forward we hope the fans can enjoy seeing this young team of Peebles lads grow, and it’s all for the benefit of the town, we’ve been delighted to see some big crowds down in pre-season and we hope to see it continue in the future”

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