Jimmy Bell

When Jimmy Bell and first-team manager John Coleman departed Accrington Stanley in January 2012, they ended a 13-year association with the Lancashire club during which time they’d transformed them from Northern Premier First Division also-rans to an established npower League Two side.

The re-emergence of Stanley as a competitive force – as a result of four promotions – had seen the duo become extremely well regarded in the north-west.

And Bell, as assistant manager, has now applied that experience to a new challenge at Rochdale – in the first instance returning the club to League One.

Sessions by Jimmy Bell

Defending shapes

in Defending

This session is looks at defensive structure – movement from side to side, pressure on the ball and cover from supporting players. Good defensive organisation is obviously called upon throughout matches, so these are principles that must always be practised. We believe that the unity of defenders and a shared knowledge of how to deal... MORE

Possession and finishing

in Attacking

This is a possession session that develops into a finishing challenge. It requires high tempo throughout and lots of legwork from players. At every club I’ve worked at there has always been real attention paid to the core principles of possession and work rate. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the principles learned from... MORE


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