Shorey on coaching role with Stevenage and weekend’s visit to Morecambe

Stevenage coach Nicky Shorey. Picture courtesy of Stevenage FC/Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Stevenage coach Nicky Shorey. Picture courtesy of Stevenage FC/Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

New Stevenage coach Nicky Shorey is hoping his experience as an England and Premier League player will add a new dimension to the management set-up at the Lamex Stadium.

Shorey has been working with manager Darren Sarll and his adviser Glenn Roeder for several weeks and was officially revealed as a member of the coaching staff last Thursday.

The former Reading left-back took the pre-weekend press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Morecambe.

Of the club’s run of form which sees them 21st in the Sky Bet League Two table after a run of four games without a victory, he said: “It happens in football.

“We are working hard, the lads are putting in a shift week in week out, they’re training hard, doing it properly and hopefully the tide will turn for us, we are very close.

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“We have got keep trying the right things, what you believe in and see where it takes us.

“It’s been a good thorough normal week looking ahead to Morecambe.

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“The last few games I don’t think have been that bad, I think the performances have been quite good.

“[Against] Plymouth the boys put in a good shift, as they did against Cheltenham and against Brighton at home. We have just got to keep on the same path. It’s very fine lines and hopefully they will turn in our favour.”

Of the visit to The Globe Arena, Shorey added: “I have played there [for Colchester United] I know it’s difficult, but we are looking forward to it.

“We have done our work, our preparation, we are feeling good and we are going there positive.

“We have watched them; they are a good outfit and are going to be confident after their win the other night [against Notts County].”

Shorey, who trained with Stevenage last season to keep fit, revealed how his role with Boro came about.

“The club were looking for a coach and they asked if I’d come in and chat about it and it’s gone from there.

“[It’s] to take a bit of a load off Darren and Glenn so they can maybe take a step back at times and oversee things rather than be in the thick of it.

“I was glad to come in and help.

“Being a defender hopefully I can have a bit of input.

“I have done my first coaching badge and looking to do my second, it’s a route I’m interested in and enjoying at the moment.

“I’m learning so much, there’s a lot goes into it that I didn’t know coming from a playing background.

“I’m enjoying learning the process and I don’t think I could learn from two better people than the gaffer and Glenn.”

In his playing career Shorey played club football under managers such as Steve Coppell, Martin O’Neill and Alan Pardew, while Steve McClaren gave him two England caps in friendlies against Brazil and Germany.

Of working with Sarll and Roeder, he added: “The positive for me is that I have been here training as a player and seen their sessions.

“Now I’m seeing them as a coach and it’s great for me to have both perspectives and now realise how good they are.

“I’m trying to learn from them and hopefully with the experiences I have gone through as a player and now as a coach, I can bring something different to that.”

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