“The Players Have To Be Proud” – New Fleetwood Town Boss Sets Challenge To Squad

Fleetwood Town have announced former Premier League player Charlie Adam will replace the recently departed Lee Johnson as Head Coach.

Adam replaces the ex-Sunderland boss, who parted company with the Cod Army on Friday. The job will be the first time the former Scotland international has taken up a managerial position after retiring in 2022, in a career that saw him achieve over 200 top flight appearances and 26 caps for Scotland.

The former midfielder has only previously worked as the loan manager and under-21 coach for Premier League outfit Burnley, and will be hoping to guide relegation threatened Fleetwood from the drop to League Two in his first managerial spell.

Speaking on his new role Adam said: “I’m delighted to join a club I know well and one which we feel we can make a real difference with. I’m inheriting what I think is a strong squad which is more than capable of getting the results needed to climb the table.

“Fleetwood is a hard-working, honest, and passionate town and the football club must reflect that – the players have to be proud to pull the shirt on and represent what the club and the town stands for.  It’s now important we see togetherness from the players, staff and crucially the supporters to help turn results around – we can’t wait to get started.”

He will be joined by new Assistant Coach Maurice Ross and former Fleetwood Town player Ross Wallace, who will be a First-Team Coach. Adam’s first game in charge will be the clubs league fixture away to Shrewsbury Town on Monday.

Writer’s View 

It is a risky move from Fleetwood to give Charlie Adam his first oppertunity at a managerial role considering the current circumstances they find themselves in. However, it may be a long term approach from the club with the hopes that Adam can be the catalyst to provide much needed confidence in to a squad battling the drop.

The timing of the decision will allow Adam to bring in his own players with the January transfer window on the horizon, with the club being one of a number eyeing prolific goalscorer Jonson Clarke-Harris. Time will tell whether this decision will pay off for the Cod Army.

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