Scanlon and Flannery appointed
Sligo Rovers can announce the appointment of Tommy Scanlon and Sean Flannery as the club’s new physio and strength and conditioning coach respectively.
Sligo-born Scanlon returns home from Scotland to take the role of physio with the first team.
Sean Flannery is a former striker with Rovers who made his debut in 1997 and spent most of his career at The Showgrounds before retiring in 2007 having won a League Cup and First Division.
With the team back working in pre-season this week the duo have been working hard in preparing the players physically for the coming year.
Scanlon spoke about his decision to take on the job and what his plans for the year are: “Growing up in Calry I always played a lot of sports be it GAA, hurling, football, basketball or athletics. After doing my degree in Galway I decided this was the career I wanted to get into and I spent two years doing a Masters in Edinburgh. I worked for three years with the NHS there and during that time I worked with several sports clubs.
“Football-wise I worked with Hearts at underage level and the Dunfermline under-19s and reserves. More recently I have worked with some semi-professional rugby clubs and then with a professional Scottish Premiership tam Currie RFC. There we had four players come down every week from the Glasgow and Edinburgh squad and it was great to work with them. I also spent time working in a private practice but from my experience with the rugby team I knew working with a sports club was what I wanted to do. When I got the call to come to Sligo Rovers it was a no-brainer. I am delighted to have the job.
“The main career path I want now is to establish myself in a role like this, it has the right feel for me. I want to be able to work with a full-time team and with professional athletes. The work I did before cemented my decision on that. Coming here wasn’t just a chance to come home I really like the environment.
“We are doing analysis and exercises which will help the players prevent injuries as well and treating injuries. We will analyse things to see what has worked tailor specific programs for everyone to help them prevent injury.”
Being from Sligo Scanlon was a follower of the club when living here before and describes this as his ideal job: “I have always been a fan of Rovers. I used to go to The Showgrounds all the time when I was younger with my dad. I played a bit of football but it wasn’t my best sport but I’d definitely go to games and be a big fan. In the last few years while being away I have followed things closely and I was really excited to see the team winning leagues and cups and doing well in Europe. It’s great to be here working with a full-time club and for it to be the club I support is ideal.
He began his new role on Monday working at training with manager Dave Robertson and he says the atmosphere is good: “I have found the first few days really good, there’s a really good vibe here. Speaking with Dave I am really impressed with how he has gone about his business. He is very professional and he brings that professionalism to all aspects of the club.
“He has given great support to the medical team and we are looking to bring in more people to help bolster that in the sports science area and we already have a video analyst working here.”
He will work with the new strength and conditioning coach in Sean Flannery and they have been busy planning already: “Sean has come onboard and we have been planning programs together. He has been here before so it is good to have that experience. It will be a good team and there is already a good atmosphere at the place.
“Sean is working on designing programs for injury prevention, that is his main area. It will be to try and keep the players on the pitch and also improve their mobility and endurance. We want the players to be less likely to get injured. He will also look at building their core strength as well as their agility and speed. The program he is putting together will improve both strength and endurance.”