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‘We’re going to be a big fish’ - Venus

7 June 2017

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New assistant manager Mark Venus insists Rovers must approach life in League One with supreme confidence next season – but with an understanding of the tough task ahead.

The 50-year-old has recent experience of the division, having spent 15 months with manager Tony Mowbray in the third tier at Coventry City, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs in 2015-16.

Venus is well aware of what it will take to be successful next season and insists the players must take on the challenge with the right physical and mental approach.

"We're going to be a big fish in that league and I think we have to come over with the aspirations and the demeanour that we are a big fish,” he said.

“I think that's the attitude that Tony wants to go into the season with – that we're the biggest team in the league.

"There's some big clubs in League One, some decent teams, and there's some really small clubs. They all work really hard for each other and they're all really honest.

"You know how difficult it is going to be by looking at the cup games where the lower league teams knock out the bigger teams.

"We have to be able to stand up to what their strengths are and then impose our strengths on them."

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