Having concluded his search for an assistant, it seems likely that Peter Jackson will fulfil his management dream for at least another 11 games after Saturday’s trip to Morecambe.
The weekend’s trip to Bradford-on-Sea was pencilled in to be the last one of interim boss Jackson’s reign. However, the appointment of former England player Colin Cooper as his right hand man would suggest Jacko is going to be with the club longer than the original deadline of 5pm Saturday evening. The club would not be stupid enough to allow Jackson to appoint an assistant manager only for himself to walk away from the club 5 days later.
Cooper, himself an ex-centre half like Jackson, played over 600 games in a career spanning 22 years, for Millwall, Forest and most notably Middlesbrough. Cooper retired from playing in 2006 and has since coached at Middlesbrough. He started out coaching the reserves before moving on a year later to become a first team coach. In the summer of 2009, he became Gareth Southgate’s Assistant and also had a short spell as caretaker boss following Southgate’s departure from Boro.
Cooper will bring plenty of experience to the club and is regarded as an excellent coach. His arrival will allow David Wetherall to go back to his regular job with the Youth Team where he has performed well this year. The two games Jackson has been in charge of so far have both seen notable improvements in going forward and the addition of another ex top level defender should only serve to help the likes of Luke O’Brien, Steve Williams and Robbie Threlfall at the back.
Good luck to Colin Cooper, and may his stay with the club be a long one, as that will mean he has been successful.