VIDEO ANALYST CHRIS LOVING DOING HIS BIT FOR CLUB HIS GRANDFATHER PLAYED FOR WITH DISTINCTION
FOCUSSED: Video analyst Chris Napier hard at work at Balmoral Stadium.
COVE Rangers have gone hi-tech this season thanks to the arrival of video analyst coach Chris Napier.
Chris, 22, is loaned to us on match days by Aberdeen FC, for whom he works as a scouting analyst intern.
He films all Cove games, home and away, and gathers footage of our opponents.
Chris then edits all of that so that manager Paul Hartley can use it in his weekly meetings with the players and rest of the coaching staff.
Chris admitted he jumped at the chance to work for Cove because his grandfather, Billy Napier, played for and captained the club in the 1960s, when we were competing in the amateur leagues.
Billy, who is now based near Manchester, was in the squad that swept all before them in season 1964-65, winning the league undefeated as well as three cups.
“Even though he now stays in England he still talks of how proud he was to play for Cove,” said Chris.
“When I was offered the chance to join the club too it was a no-brainier.
“It means I can keep my grandfather up to date with what’s happening at the club now while gaining invaluable experience that will hopefully help me in my career.”
Manager Paul is pleased with what Chris has delivered so far and grateful to the Dons for allowing is to be one of the few sides out with the top flight able to use video analysis as part of their preparations.
“It was very generous of manager Derek McInnes and the club to help us out,” said Paul.
“I’ve used video analysis for a number of years now, so was keen too continue that with Cove.
“It gives the players a good insight of the opposition and their own game.
“It’s important to feed players as much information as possible to give them more opportunity of winning games.
“Working for us has also been good for Chris because he is getting the chance to decide what is best for our needs and experiencing what it’s like to work with a different management team.
“He also covers training sessions, he’s a valuable asset in the modern game.
“If you don’t have people doing the work Chris does you are in danger of getting left behind.”
LEGENDS: The Cove Rangers squad of season 1964-65, Billy Napier is third from the left in the back row.