Darren Fletcher joins West Brom

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Darren Fletcher joins West Brom

Posted 2/2/2015

As a coach I've always looked to the athletes I've worked with to guide my ideas, and I owe an awful lot to Darren Fletcher for his guidance. Darren showed me that if we applied pressure on athletes under game situations in the right manner, then we can then make massive real gains in development.

I'm still in contact with Darren and he often mentions a hockey match we once played at Carrington, when he shocked and impressed me with his ability to shield the ball. Nobody could get it off him! That day he showed me that the appliance of pressure through strength needn't come from bulging muscles.

When I left United in 2011, Darren came to me for private training to help him get back in the United squad, even after being out of the picture for such a long stretch with a terrible illness. I knew he would overcome his disability - so did he - and so it proved.

I am sure he will continue to show that grit and determination at West Bromwich and he will be an example to his new team-mates in holding off any adversity, be it opponents, injuries or illness. Darren will go from strength to strength with his new challenge and I wish him all the best.

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