Feb 14th on the Team Being Being Manager Shiels...
Heffernan insists the Kilmarnock players are 100% behind manager
Kenny Shiels. Hearts boss Paulo Sergio suggested that the Killie
players were speaking negatively of Shiels behind his back and
the Portuguese manager refused a pre-match handshake with his
have no idea where he got that from, the players are 100% behind
what the gaffer is trying to do here, I think the manager calls
it as he sees it, not just to the press but to the players as
well. If he isn't happy with something he will tell you, I don't
mind it personally and I am sure none of the lads do either. The
pitch is making things very tough, it was a little better today
but that was the first time we have played on it for three
weeks," admitted the Dubliner. Before today it was almost
unplayable, it certainly isn't ideal for our style of play and
we are having to change our tactics for our home games."
Dec 8th on His
having a bit of problem with my groin, so I'm not doing much
training and trying to get through the games. Hopefully it's not
a major problem and can be resolved, the sooner the better for
me. I'm just having to take a few painkillers before the game
and get on with it. I've got to try to get through the games to
help the team. I rest on Monday and Tuesday and try to get back
on the training pitch at the end of the week. The top six is
where we want to be. We've been trying to find consistency as
our form has been a bit up and down. But that's back-to- back
wins and we want to make it three in a row on Saturday at
Dunfermline. If we can find a bit of consistency, then with the
table being so tight up to third we can cement our place in the
top six. I think we can achieve the top six. We've played
everyone in the league and we're more than a match for
Oct 24th on Joining
was looking for a fresh start in the summer,” says Heffernan. “I
had a year left
at Sheffield Wednesday but I didn’t play enough games
there last year so I wanted to get out and play games every
week. I spoke to Kenny [Shiels, the Kilmarnock manager] and he
wanted me to come
up and I was delighted to do that.
It’s gone okay so far, and hopefully we can keep it going. I
at Sheffield and I went to see the manager, Gary Megson,
and he was brilliant with me, and I can’t say a bad thing about
him. He agreed with me and he couldn’t guarantee I was going to
play every week so he let me speak to other clubs and, when I
spoke to Kenny, my mind was made
I wanted to come
up here. The manager has brought me
up here to score goals, The likes of Dean have set
up a lot of goals; Gary Harkins, James Dayton and even
David Silva . . . you’ve got a lot of creative
players in there. The way the manager wants us to play gives
those lads a lot of freedom to go and express themselves and
a lot of chances for the striker. Thankfully for me I’m the
in the team
at the minute and I’m the one that’s
getting the goals.
“Obviously Conor did brilliantly last year but I think I am a
completely different sort of player from him,” he says. “I’ve
up here to play for Kilmarnock really, I’m not looking
for a move back down south to the Premier League or anywhere
up here to do a job for Kilmarnock.”
22nd on his Doonhammers Hat-Trick..."As a striker you
are judged on the goals you get so it's great to score a
hat-trick. It was a good night all round. I scored one with the
head and a couple with my feet. This team create a lot of
chances so hopefully I can keep putting them away on a regular
basis. It's nice to put
that miss against Hibs behind me as the media lads
bring it up and the players keep reminding me about it too. I
got hold of the match ball and made sure I got all of the lads
to sign it so I am delighted. I should have had two match balls
at home by now but one will do for now. It's nice to be top
scorer at the club. The manager brought me up here to score
goals and that is what I am doing."
On Killie Keeping Dean Shiels Longer... "Dean has
been a massive help. He created a few goals against Queen of the
South and also set up one for me at Aberdeen and against
Dunfermline. We played together at Doncaster before so we know
each other's game and he is putting them on a plate for me at
the minute. I'm hoping he extends his deal at Kilmarnock and
that he is here for a long time."
On the SPL Standard... "I have been really
impressed by the standard in the SPL. The games up here are more
open whereas in England they tend to be really cautious.Scottish
teams are far more adventurous and try to win games rather than
settling for a point away from home."
Sept 11th on His Fitness
& His Pars Double...
"I picked up an injury in
pre-season and then got a knock against Hearts which caused me
to miss the Inverness game. I am really determined to stay
injury free. I need to be training more and playing as
many games as possible to reach the level of fitness required.
It was really pleasing to get the two goals. Guys like Liam
Kelly and James
Fowler put in great shifts in the midfield. As a striker you'll
receive a lot of the plaudits in the press but there were a
number of players who played a big part and deserve recognition
for their efforts too. When you get two you always want to
get the hat-trick but two was enough in the end. Zdenek got the
big goal in the second half and we were able to hold on for the
three points. I've never seen any signs Zdenek capable of
that, I would have been proud of that one myself. It takes time
as there are a few new players in the squad, some of the play is
getting there, though. Players are becoming aware of other
players runs - for example it was a great ball by Dean Shiels
for my second goal. We just want to go out and perform; the
manager here is all about performances. Recently we have had a
lot of draws so it was great to get the three points and it's
vitally important that we do that in our home games. Hopefully
that's the start of a good run and we can now start to pick up
wins on a regular basis.
July 9th on Killie's
Style of Play...
"The gaffer encourages us to get the ball down and play
passes. His philosophy is to play passing football all the time.
The challenge for us is to turn that into winning football. If
you win games playing that way, it will earn you a lot of
plaudits. There's a balance to be found because we have to win
games but I'm confident we will do that. The style of play has
been really impressive and it suits my own game. In every
training session and every game, the gaffer demands that the
keeper throws the ball out from the back. Not a lot of teams do
that but if you can get it right and get the talented boys on
the ball, it's great to watch. It can be a bit frustrating as a
striker because you sometimes just want the ball played forward.
But that's Kenny's way. I've never played under a manager who
has so much faith in this kind of football."
June 18th 2011...
Paul Heffernan insists his switch to the Clydesdale Bank
Premier League will not be a backwards step in his career after
signing for Kilmarnock.
The striker secured his
release from his contract at Sheffield Wednesday to pen a
three-year-deal with the Ayrshire outfit.
Heffernan became the first
signing of the Kenny Shiels regime after the former number two
was confirmed as Killie manager on a permanent basis on
Wednesday following a spell as caretaker boss at the end of last
The forward said: "I
definitely don't see it as a step down.
"It's a new challenge, not a
step back. I'm here to try to further my career by coming up
here and hopefully doing well.
"Hopefully the fans will see
plenty of goals. As a striker you are always judged on goals so
if I can get my share of goals I will be more than happy and I'm
sure the fans will be as well.
"I spoke to a former player
who I used to play with, Gordon Greer, who was at the club a few
"He had some very nice things
to say about the club and told me to get myself up here. He said
I would enjoy myself here and that was good to hear."
Heffernan is particularly
relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against Celtic and
Rangers next season.
He added: "That's always
a big draw to people coming to Scotland, knowing that you are
going to play against the Old Firm a few times per season.