“You can see how much he is respected,” Bocanegra said. “He gave the guys freedom, creativity and conviction. I can’t speak enough of Rob as a coach (and) as a person. He earned that respect. He’s just a really good guy.
“Really happy to have him in the staff and in the club.”
Including the interim, the next manager will be the club’s fourth in less than two years. Frank de Boer was fired in July of last year. He was followed by interim Stephen Glass, known in Aberdeen. He was followed by Heinze, who only lasted 17 games. Valentino was promoted after this decision.
Bocanegra said the club have tried to minimize the possible negative effects of so many changes on the players.
“We are aware of (the effects of) a lot of changes. Gut reactions can be difficult as a player or as a staff member, ”he said. “Rob did a good job. We were very careful not to make big changes to the group.