Paul Robinson has revealed the shockwaves were felt among the whole squad after the departure of Alan McLoughlin but he is now keen to embrace the methods of Gary Waddock.
McLoughlin left his coaching role with the first team last week with Waddock appointed as the club’s new assistant manager to give the backroom staff more League Two experience.
The move was a controversial decision and Robinson admits the entire squad were left surprised when they were told of the popular ex-Republic of Ireland international’s exit.
Robinson said: ‘We were all surprised to see Macca go.
‘I’ve got a lot of respect for him personally and professionally.
‘It’s always difficult when that happens but this game is ever-changing, as we all know.
‘I have been around it long enough to know that nothing should surprise you.
‘Everyone was sorry to see Macca go but, in football, it’s one of those things and things change.’
Waddock was involved in just one training session before the 3-2 home defeat to Accrington.
But the former QPR midfielder has spent the week adding some of his own ideas on the training pitch ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Cheltenham.
And Robinson is looking forward to hearing some fresh ideas as Waddock settles in.
Robinson said: ‘The lads are looking forward to working with Gary Waddock and getting some fresh impetus.
‘We only had one training session with him last week and it was game-related.
‘It is always good to have another coach’s ideas.
‘I’ve played against a few of his sides in the past and we are looking forward to getting to work with him as the weeks go on.
‘It’s a fresh voice with new ideas and hopefully it can be a change that kicks us on and pushes us forward.’
And after taking time to make some observations, Waddock has been more hands-on as the week has progressed.
Boss Andy Awford said: ‘He wanted to have a look at things last week. He sat upstairs for the first half and then came down and made some good points.
‘He has been more vocal and got his hands dirty a bit more this week.
‘He’s been out on the training pitch and got some ideas across.’
– STEVE WILSON