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  • 05 August 2011 13:23
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

New Rochdale manager Steve Eyre is hoping that he and the other former Blues take the npower League 1 by storm.

Steve took over at Spotland during the summer after many years coaching City's future stars at the club's youth Academy, and now he is preparing for his competitive managerial debut against Sheffield Wednesday.

Lifelong Blue Steve will then have fingers crossed for City in the FA Community Shield on Sunday at Wembley.

"I'm hoping for a positive result at Hillsborough and the same for the Blues at Wembley on Sunday,” he said.

"Our pre-season has gone great in terms of getting started, the fitness levels we wanted have been achieved and we've been able to recruit as well. The performances have been OK, a little bit up and down, the same as the results but we did put in one stellar performance against West Brom."

Steve has dipped into his knowledge of players he worked with at Platt Lane to strengthen his squad, bringing in former City players Andrew Tutte, Ashley Grimes and Paul Marshall.

"It was a priority to get Andrew and I was delighted that that happened, along with Ashley, just days after accepting the post," Steve added.

"Paul trained with us because he was without a club, and it's still a development thing with him because he is still very young. With Gary Jones around it might be difficult for Paul in the short term, but looking ahead we want to develop him. He won't go straight into the team but he will be a useful member of the squad."

Eyre is just one of four managers in League 1 with City connections and is looking forward to pitting his wits against them.

“I think Uwe Rosler will do well, I know him very well, have worked with him and I speak to him on a regular basis,” he revealed.

“He's already brought some good players in, but I know what a perfectionist he is and I know he is hard to please. That can only be of benefit to Brentford in the long term because he is always striving for excellence.

“Everyone knows what Dicky was about as a player and I am sure he is the same as a manager. His appetite for the game and his work ethic are legendary. They did better than there league position indicates last season and I am sure we will have great battles.”  

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