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Blackburn Rovers have unveiled a new management team ahead of the 2011-12 season.
Scott Rogers and Nick Jackson-Cooney are confirmed as joint First Team managers, with Nathan Rooney the new Reserve team boss.
Scott, 25, has run the Reserves for the past four seasons, helping around a dozen players progress into the senior squad during that time. He took temporary charge of first team affairs for the final two games of the 2010-11 season following Adam Lakeland's resignation and is now looking forward to making his mark on a permanent basis.
"I am really excited about where we can take the team," he said. "This is an opportunity to start from scratch and really put our own stamp on things.
"The aim is not only to get promoted back into the National Division, where we believe we belong, but to be competing for honours at that level and ultimately in the Super League."
Nick, 39, has been involved in football coaching for 18 years and led the Ladies team from the Lancashire League to the Northern Combination during a previous six-year spell as manager in the late '90s.
He was involved in setting up Rovers' Girls Centre of Excellence and is keen to establish close links with the club's fledgling female stars.
"I'm very passionate about bridging the gap between the Centre of Excellence and the Ladies team," he said.
"Having worked with the Centre for the past three seasons, I'm well aware of the qualities of those coming through the system and I really think we will see the benefit of that in the next few years.
"With myself coming in from outside and Scott moving up, we will bring fresh ideas to help the players to thrive and develop."
Rovers' Women & Girls Development Officer, Gemma Donnelly, added: "This is an unorthodox approach, but knowing both managers professionally - having worked alongside them for a number of years - we feel it is the right time to reward and recognise their achievements.
"Together, we hope they will be a formidable team and I'm very excited about what the future holds, as I know that nothing short of excellence will be expected."
Nathan, 22, has worked for the club for the past five-and-a-half years, most recently as coach of the Centre of Excellence Under-12s.
He has also coached two senior set-ups - Rovers and Rochdale - in the past three years and has a good understanding of what is required in his new Reserve team role.
"I thrive on the youth development side of the game," he said. "I've got two good peers ahead of me, who I hope to pass players on to at the right time. I will be well supported by Ian Wilcock, whose knowledge of the league will provide invaluable experience."
Picture caption: Holding the shirt - new managers Nick Jackson-Cooney and Scott Rogers, watched by Nathan Rooney.
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