The man Ollie called the ‘last piece of the jigsaw’ was brought in to shore up the coaching team, especially on the defensive side.
It wasn’t the greatest surprise given the gaffer’s midfield background as a player.
Fleming was a right-back stalwart for Middlesbrough making 266 appearances from 1991-2001.
After hanging up his boots, he garnered a coaching reputation, not least at Crystal Palace where Holloway and Fleming dovetailed in 2012.
The manager outlined a divide-and-conquer policy he thinks will eventually come good.
“I can actually split up the day how I want to know,” he said.
“I can manage how I want to and break elements down. We've got the midfield department, we've got forwards, and we've got the back line.
“As Curtis is here now, we can segment it, 15 minutes at doing that or 15 minutes to put them all together. It's how I want to manage.
“Getting Curtis wasn't easy but I'm glad he came, so the lads can see what kind of routine I want and where we're going. He was the final piece or the jigsaw and now I've got to try and get one or two bits to help the team out.”
Midfielder Jamie Mackie is also happy with Fleming’s addition to the staff roster.
“He's brought a real good organisation especially from a defensive structure,” he said.
“He's a really good personality, he's come on the training pitch and taken different sessions and he's been a great appointment.
“I hadn't worked with him before but a lot of my friends, Shaun Derry being one who had and spoke very highly of him.”
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