Charlton forward, Josh Magennis, has praised and stated his appreciation to departing Richie Barker when speaking to the South London Press. Barker has left The Valley to join Rotherham United in an assistant manager capacity.

In late April, Charlton Athletic and Rotherham United announced that Karl Robinson’s assistant manager, Richie Barker was set to depart The Valley, and link up with Paul Warne, who has a significant and large task of rebuilding over the summer, in order to mount a return back to the Sky Bet Championship.

Before Christmas, Richie Barker departed from Milton Keynes’ Dons, following Karl Robinson to The Valley. However, Robinson understood that if Rotherham United came calling that would be a particular club which would attract Barker to leave Charlton, despite only being at The Valley for a short amount of time.

It is understood that Barker is highly regarded at the Yorkshire outfit, making around 150 appearances for the Millers.

Northern Ireland international, Josh Magennis, spoke to the South London Press after their 3 – 0 win against already-relegated Swindon Town on Sunday. The striker praised the assistant manager and went into detail the sort of activities that Barker focused on when it came to the training ground in midweek.

“Richie has been brilliant with me,” said Magennis. “He has analysed my game.

“If we play on Saturday then I’ll come in Monday and head up to the office first to see our data analysis guy Brett Shaw. He is really good. He has all our in-game clips, which is normally about 25 minutes long.

“The stuff with Richie is mostly ball-retention, getting in the box, decision-making and my runs. What he feels I need to work on then we work on it. Last week it was judging the flight of the ball so that I always have the upper hand in terms of flick-ons from goal-kicks. He is always there to talk to, outside or inside of training.”

With Richie Barker’s connections to The New York stadium side, and the support and ability he offers in a coaching capacity on the training field, he could definitely be a welcomed addition to Rotherham United.

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