MAGPIES’ right-back Oakley Hanger believes manager Robbie Herrera’s attacking style suits his game.

Hanger, who rejoined Dorchester Town last summer after a four-year spell in the United States, previously played for the Magpies in the National League South.

He has also succeeded Franklyn Clarke as the Magpies’ under-23s boss.

But the Covid-19 pandemic has badly hit the current Southern League season.

It means former Fulham and QPR left-back Herrera has only overseen one competitive match and two friendly games in charge since he became boss.

He told Echosport: “It’s terrible, the most gutting part is with the friendlies with Rob taking over, for me personally the football he wants to play at the club suits me.

“Not just me, but all the boys, there was a definite improvement in just the two friendlies we played.

“That was gutting that we weren’t able to carry on in the league and see how we’d get on.”

Hanger enjoyed his time in the US, relishing the fast pace and athleticism required.

He said: “I was in the college game and the emphasis and money they throw at it is very professional.

“At the same time, the style is different. It’s more athletic, whereas English football is more tactical and technical.

“In the US it’s less physical. That suited me and the way I play the game, more fast paced.

“Coming back, that was a little weird transitioning. It is two different styles of football.

“I had played it before, so it was just trying to get used to what I was doing.”

On the contrasting managerial styles of Robinson and Herrera, Hanger added: “The way we play under Leigh is a lot different to the way under Rob.

“It’s just trying to do what the gaffer wants. They do have contradicting styles, a little bit.

“Overall, the whole time Rob was there we respected him a lot. 

“A lot of the boys, when Leigh said he was leaving, we wanted Rob in charge. That was pretty obvious from the outset.

“Then Kev (Hodges, assistant) coming in as well, he adds so much experience. He’s going to be massive for us. It’s a really nice transition.”