Phil Greening joins Plymouth Albion in coaching role

Plymouth Albion have hired former England forward and London Welsh boss Phil Greening as a coaching consultant.

The 36-year-old is the first addition to Albion's ranks since Pete Drewett took over as head coach last week.

Plymouth lost 24-9 to London Welsh in Drewett's first game in charge after Graham Dawe was sacked last week.

"There's a group of players who really haven't had the attention to detail that's needed for them to flourish," Greening told BBC South West.

"Pete's going to come in and create his own environment, his own structures and his own philosophies.

"The first thing the players have got to do is understand that and make sure they fall in line with that."

Greening has been touring the world researching coaching methods since leaving London Welsh at the end of last season.

He joined the club in May 2009 as an assistant coach to Danny Wilson and took over the side after Wilson joined Newport Gwent Dragons.

"Looking at the past training schedules it's not been maximised to the most ability, for various reasons and probably justified reasons," he said.

"But I think that needs to be looked at. As a player here you need to really use every second and every bit of knowledge and wealth you have to get better."

Greening says the players' conditioning work needs to improve if they are to climb the Championship table.

"You have a good set of players here but I don't think they're hitting their potential yet. A lot of that will be down to the stuff that Pete's going to put in place.

"Conditioning is a massive part of it. I think they can get a hell of a lot fitter which could give them a better chance in a game.

"Everything Pete's going to put in place will develop these players. We've got a great group but they've just never had that attention that needs to be there if you're really going to challenge or grow as a team."

Drewett says he is convinced Greening's influence will help turn Albion's fortunes around.

"I think it's important to have the right personality for a club like Plymouth and I'm absolutely certain that in no time at all the players will build up a very strong relationship and enjoy working with Phil," said Drewett.

The Brickfields club are 10th in the Championship, 14 points off the promotion play-off places.

"We've got a lot to learn, all of us have, but the great thing is it is a very good group of players who are very keen to learn," added Drewett.

"We're going to put lots of programmes in place, we're going to maximise the time we spend together.

"It's small things in rugby that change games and we've got to make sure that we're in control of those small things and they go our way in the next few games."

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