Richie Barker

Richie Barker is currently assistant coach at Rotherham United. Before that he was most recently first-team coach at Charlton Athletic, previously coaching at MK Dons.

Barker entered management for the first time with Bury after taking over following Alan Knill's move to Scunthorpe. He initially joined the club in June 2010 as head of youth development.

Barker was appointed following a successful spell as caretaker boss where he guided the club to automatic promotion to npower League One.

Also during his time in charge he was awarded the Manager of the Month for April 2011, for leading his side through a six-game unbeaten run which helped secure their promotion.

He went on to enjoy a excellent first full season in charge at Gigg Lane as he led Bury to a mid-table finish in League One before he joined Crawley prior to the 2012/13 campaign.

Crawley entered League One on the back of successive promotions and Barker guided the club to an impressive 10th place finish in their first term in English Football's 3rd tier. He remained with the club until November 2013.

The former Rotherham, Mansfield, Hartlepool, Macclesfield and Brighton striker was forced to retire in May 2009 after a serious knee injury.

Sessions by Richie Barker

Richie Barker- Pre-season practice

in Fitness and Diet

This session is perfect as a pre-season practice because it gets players working on fitness and technique, the two elements that deteriorate quickest during time away from the training pitch. At the centre of my coaching ethos is the idea that players have as many touches of the ball as possible. During my time managing... MORE

Understanding the needs of your players

in Interviews

Despite being appointed as manager of Crawley Town just six days before the start of last season, Richie Barker managed to lead the club to the highest finish in their 125 year history.  Now with a full pre season to prepare for the 2013/2014 Richie Barker is intent on carrying on Crawley’s impressive Football League progress. MORE

1v1 attacking and defending

in Attacking, Defending

The philosophy behind this session is that the game can be broken down into lots of 1v1 situations all over the pitch, so it’s important that players know how to deal with these events  when they arise, which they do frequently. MORE

Crossing for keepers

in Goalkeeping

Coach your goalkeepers in the basics of anticipating crosses and dominating their area. Having a trustworthy, proficient keeper positively influences the mindsets and playing abilities of all players in front of him, so this is a vital position in any team. MORE


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