Aiming for a successful double act at Bradford City

Top support: Greg Abbott, left, and Martin Drury will assist new Bradford City coach Michael Collins.
Top support: Greg Abbott, left, and Martin Drury will assist new Bradford City coach Michael Collins.
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MARTIN DRURY insists that he and fellow rookie Michael Collins remain relaxed about their elevation to senior coaching roles at Bradford City – and are undaunted by their new positions.

Former Bradford Park Avenue manager Drury will assist head coach Collins and while the club’s left-field selection has been greeted with scepticism by sections of the club’s supporters, the untried duo retain full confidence in their abilities.

Uefa A licence-holder and former lead development coach Drury, 32, who will serve as one of two assistants to Collins, with head of recruitment Greg Abbott also part of the coaching team, said: “I feel really relaxed about it.

“It appears that it is a massive step up, but I have been coaching at the club for two-and-a- half years now and worked with young professionals already within the building. We have also built up relationships with some of the players in the first team over the past 12 months.

“I am very passionate about development and always looking to make people better whether that is 18 or 19-year-olds or 31 or 32-year-olds.

“Of course, you have got to deal with people in the right way and senior pros will react in different ways to a 17-year-old.

“We are aware of that. But it has always been my ambition to coach at senior level anyway.

“I have gone through a process of trying to learn the ropes. I started a little back younger down the order but it is something I’m really excited about.”

The closeness of Drury and Collins is not just apparent in terms of their ages – they were born just 20 days apart in April 1982, but also in terms of their mentality and coaching philosophies, with the pair possessing a strong and close working relationship.

Drury, who will retain responsibility for players coming through the Under-23 development squad, said: “Ask my wife, we probably bounce off each other a little bit too much!

“We are our own people but spend a lot of time with each other and are always speaking. He is one of my best friends, he is a very close friend as well as a colleague.

“We have built up a very good relationship over the last couple of years. The mutual respect between us makes it very easy to work with each other.

“Do we argue? Absolutely. We have differences of opinions.

“Sometimes we go our separate ways and then come back together. It is all done with a respect and an understanding.

“I could not think of anyone better to be working with than Michael to make something successful.”