Spooner happy to help the Club that he loves

Steve Spooner
Steve Spooner

If I can help out in any way whatsoever, I was quite willing to do that.

Steve Spooner

Steve Spooner said he had no hesitation in stepping up alongside Craig Gardner when they were asked to take charge of the First Team at Stoke City on Sunday.

The duo have been tasked with helping lead Blues to safety following the departure of Pep Clotet on Wednesday evening.

It obviously came as a surprise to Spooner, but he is hopeful that the new temporary regime can help spur the team on.

"I didn't envisage this," admitted Blues' Senior Professional Development Coach Spooner, who has been at Blues since 2006.

“I got a call yesterday (Thursday) saying could I get myself in. It all happened in the blink of an eye really.

“You never like to see anyone lose their job. But after the nature of the defeat, you kind of get a sense that things might not be correct.

“When I got the phone call, I just wanted to help the football club. I've been here a few years now and I've come to absolutely love this football club.

“If I can help out in any way whatsoever, I was quite willing to do that."

Spooner feels that his experience will dovetail well with Gardner, who has been working with the First Team players on a day-to-day basis.

"We're both at different ends of the spectrum in terms of experience and age," he said.

"Gards is coming off his playing career and into his coaching career.

"I've been at this a good 20 odd years now. It's good blend of experience and youth.

"Craig is very eager to learn and he has the respect of the players.

"I know the players, but he knows them better than me because he been working with them all season.

"To throw into that we've got Mike Dodds (Lead Youth Development Coach) and Stuart English (Academy Head of Coaching) assisting us as well so we've got eyes all over the place.

"It is very hard for just one or two people in such a short space of time to get the work done that we would like to do with the team so it was important that we got as many of the staff around us that we knew could help us and support us through this process."