Managers Comments

Oct 5th on the Hearts Post-Match: “I am very happy because I saw a good spirit, we played with great compactness and I believe we deserved to win by full-time,  We work hard on the defensive side of our game but I still want improvements in attack. That compactness we show under pressure is good, but we simply need to score more. They were dangerous, but my team played a solid defensive line. It’s a very good result.  Everyone has been playing so well: Dario was excellent today and Bruce, who was so good last week.  I’m happy for Burkey, he has had a lot of chances to score recently. I’m thrilled that he’s been able to get the goal. I want to thank our fans because all through the game, they cheered on me and the team. Losing Eamonn is hard, but now with two weeks to recover is good. We start training again on Monday and look to see what we can do to improve.” - Match Recap -

Sept 28th on the Staggies Post-Match: "We deserved the win but at the end we only get one point. It's frustrating but I saw a good spirit from the team - we played well. We will continue in this way - I have trust in my team.I don't blame Osman Sow - we missed two penalties on Wednesday. Maybe in the training sessions we will practice penalties!"   - Match Recap -  

Sept 26th on the Staggies Pre-Match:  “Every game is tough: Ross County have won their last two games and deserve their position in the table. They’re a good team with good players and we need to be at our best, We work on specifics in training, we are building every day and understand the need to improve in attack.” 

Sept 24th on the Hibs (Lge Cup) Post-Match: “I think it is the worst way to lose a game. It is football and we accept the result but it’s hugely disappointing, “The game for the most part was balanced, the second-half was a bit better as we created a few chances to score a goal.  At the end of extra time the penalties were what they were. Again, we accept the result and are hugely disappointed. We have another big game on Saturday, and we go again at the weekend,” he continued. I think the team, every player, play 100% every game. We have two days to prepare for the game against Ross County. 12O minutes under our belt and we must now go back to training and restart. All our attention is now on Ross County.” - Match Recap -

Sept 22nd on the Celtic Post-Match:  "It was a shame because we scored a good goal then conceded with one minute left of the first half. Celtic deserved to win but my team played well."  - Match Recap -

Sept 20th on the Celtic Pre-Match: "Of course, it was important to change something, I think every manager needs time to understand the situation. At the beginning we had a problem and the season started very early.  We lost against Connah's Quay and it changed our plans. When we started the first match in the Premiership we lost against Rangers at the end of the game. A lot of difficult times have passed but I think it was important to understand our dimensions and know the players because, for me as a coach, these are all new players and there needed to be time to know and understand our situation and the right style of play. I think Celtic are like Juventus in Italy. It's an extra tough game, They have a lot of good players and they can rotate plenty of good players during the game. We will prepare the best way for this game. Of course, we will face a lot of difficult there but we will try our best.  They have a big squad and a lot of players. I don't think they'll have any problems after their European game."

Sept 14th 2019 on the Hibs Post-Match:   “I’m very happy because we got a good win and we played good football in the second half and we deserved the win. I appreciate the pass from Stephen – it was a very good, long pass and Millar finished it very well.  We played very well in the second half. It was good to see El Makrini score – in the first four matches we only scored two goals and they were from Stephen O’Donnell All the players are improving and we are now compact and solid as a team and we’re taking opportunities to score. It was important to have another clean sheet not only for the defenders but we have Dicker, Power, El Makrini as well as McKenzie and Millar helping with the defensive line. They’ve worked very well and I’m happy with this.”  - Match Recap -

Sept 13th on his Training Metods (Post Broadwood's Departing Comments): "Every manager has their methods and I believe in my methods,  I don't know if there are other players [training on their own], they have not said this to me. I have convictions in my methods and I continue this way. My focus is for all the team, all the players believe in my convictions and believe in my methods. I think the players can adopt my methods and I will see that in games and in the training. I'm d isappointed for Broadfoot. Some players are unhappy because they are on the bench or stay in the stand, it's normal."

Aug 31st on the Saints Post-Match: "I am very happy, because it's the first win. My team played very well today. Playing away against St Johnstone isn't easy but everyone played well. I want to thank our supporters for their support. We deserved this result." - Match Recap -

Aug 30th 2019 on Taylor Moving to Celtic: “Celtic is a top, top club in Scotland. It can improve Greg’s career. It would be a great opportunity for him.  But at the same time, as a coach, I want him to stay because he is important for us. At the moment, I repeat it is only a conversation with the club and I hope he can stay. I understand the situation. It is frustrating just now. I’d hoped for more new players during the last two months, especially a striker. Is it frustrating for Taylor? No. I spoke with him about his injury and the situation and he is calm. For him it is important to think about Kilmarnock. His job is to be a player for Kilmarnock. At the moment there are some conversations — only conversations — between the clubs. But I don’t think at the moment there is the possibility of losing Greg. This task is not mine, it’s the club’s. But it has to be the right thing for the club. Every day I read about Celtic and Sunderland. But it’s only conversations. It’s normal in this period of the market. It’s difficult because I’ve already said we want to keep our best players. I hope it’s not inevitable that he’ll leave before the deadline. He’s an important player for us and the team. But if the club receives the right offer we may lose him. At the moment it’s difficult because the players can see an opportunity to change and improve their career.
On the Saints Pre-Match: "But my focus is my team and the game on Saturday. Greg only trained today, but I don’t know if he will play as he has a little hamstring injury. So at this moment I think we’ll be without him. It’s a blow that Findlay and Broadfoot are also injured. In the last two weeks we have had good results against Hamilton and Aberdeen and we want to keep improving on our performances to win again on Saturday.
I’ll make my final decision on them at the end of the week. At the moment we have Alex Bruce and Luke Barlow, a younger defender from our academy, who could come in. The circumstances of them coming in is not good, but I’m still hopeful that one or two players can recover in time.” 

Aug 24th on the Dons Post-Match: “I am happy for the first league point but at the same time I think we deserved a bit more.  In the second half, we created one or two chances, including Burkey’s chance as he tried to dribble past the goalkeeper and shoot. Our confidence is much better after last weekend’s win over Hamilton and I saw the team put in some good work during the week. I’m happy because I saw a good performance.”   - Match Recap -

Aug 23rd on the Dons Pre-Match: “I want two players for every position. We have Greg Taylor at left-back and now we have Hamalainen. There are 10 or 11 days left of the market but we know our situation with Greg Taylor. It’s only rumours. I’ve spoken a lot of times about this situation with the board and Billy Bowie. We agree that we want to keep our best players. It’s an easy situation. Greg is a good player in my team and I don’t want to think about him going away. We’re pleased to have Niko here. He’s young and athletic and we believe he can be a good addition.”

Aug 17th on the Accies (League Cup) Post-Match:   “I think the team today play a good game but at the start were maybe a little bit nervous. That’s normal but it’s important to not concede a goal,  Dom came on to the pitch for us and did a good job. I want it known that all substitutes today. Dicker, because he is captain, played very well. Kiltie and Miller too. I think this game is important for this, I try to do what’s best for the team and I’m happy with the result and the right attitude from the subs.” - Match Recap -

Aug 16th on the Accies (League Cup) Pre-Match: "I'm optimistic the first win will come soon because I see the team playing good football with fluency, creating plenty of chances, But, at the same time, we're being punished for every defensive error at the moment. It's been tough but I'm enjoying the challenge. It's different; a different country; different football but I think it's important for me to give my team a good understanding of what I want to bring. We need to give more; we need to do better. We run a lot, we work hard on the pitch but at the end of the game we have no points."
Squad Updates:  "It's difficult to bring in the right players because a lot of clubs and agents are offering players but we don't want to make a mistake. We need to bring in other players up front but this market is very difficult because other teams want the same player."

Aug 10th 2019 on the Accies Post-Match: 'Im very angry, very disappointed with the result. We conceded two stupid goals. We create some opportunities but we could stay here two days and not score a goal."I hope in the next few days we take some players because this team needs other players. We have to complete this team. I am happy with the players I have, but in some roles we don't have a solution."  - Match Recap -

Aug 4th 2019 on the Rangers Post-Match:  “We knew it would be a tough game and I think the game was slow in the first half. At the same time, I got a good reaction and a good attitude from my team but the result is a shame. I think we have improved a lot, of course but we conceded two goals from two corners and we have to improve in this aspect. We have to keep the same attitude and determination [as the rest of the game] when we are marking in the box.  I believed we could come back and I believe we can come back and transfer these thoughts [at half time] to the players. In the second half we played well and we pressed more than the first half and we created two or three opportunities to score. I asked them to press more and my team played in this way.”   - Match Recap -

Aug 3rd 2019 on the Rangers Pre-Match:  “I am feeling good heading into the season. I am positive and it is important now to prepare as well as we can for the game. We know it will be a tough game because Rangers are a top side in Scottish football.  For this reason our focus this week will be on being ready for the game and being at 100 per cent.  This is a good test for me to start my league career at Kilmarnock. It’s the first game and having it against Rangers means it will be tough. But we are ready to put up a good fight against them. I have been watching them and getting used to how they play. I went to Glasgow and personally watched them in the Europa League. I think that they play very well and that they have the right principles and concepts. I think they do well in the Premiership this year, as they have a lot of good players physically and technically.  This team works hard every training session. I don’t think there any problems in terms of working every day.”

Aug 2nd 2019: "It is difficult in the summer market because every club wants the same players. It is difficult because we don't have enough good players in some roles, In some roles, we don't have another solution. We have only Eamonn Brophy as a striker. Eight players less is too much. At the moment, we need a striker, or two strikers, a couple of wingers, maybe another centre-back, It is difficult to find the players for many reasons, but we are confident that we will bring in players soon.”

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July 18th 2019 on the Nomads Post-Match:  "Every action was a foul, a yellow or red card. Unbelievable, Connah's Quay gave away a lot of fouls, but this is their strength.""It was very disappointing, In the first half we had three opportunities to score, but in the second half the game was no good.  I'm sorry. I didn't think this game [would go wrong] after the right result last week. At the same time I thought this team had the quality, the strength and the right motivation to come back in this game." 

July 11th 2019 on the Nomads Post-Match:   "‘I knew it would be a tough game for us – and that’s how it worked out.  The passion from my players and the reaction they showed after conceding the goal was very pleasing. It was key to us winning the game.  My team is strong. We never give up. This is a big show in Europe and we knew it would be tough.  I was not worried when they scored because we had all of the play.  We were in control of the match with lots of possession.  Even when they scored, I felt calm because I believe in my players. I know my players and I know the mental strength they have.   It is not easy when your opponent plays with ten men behind the ball.  We had two really good chances, but you have to say their goalkeeper made two very big important saves for them. In the last 15 minutes, their performance went down – and ours went up. I am happy and feel humbled because the Kilmarnock fans sang my name.  They deserve this result for the support they gave the team.  My players did well, but now we must to continue to prepare for next week".  - Match Recap

July 10th 2019: "A lot of players went away, Things are happening behind the scenes at this moment. If there are any players who can add something to the squad we are interested, of course. Our task is to keep our best players in the team, not sell [them]."

June 16th 2019:  "It is a real honour for me to be named Kilmarnock manager, I've spent a lot of time researching and gathering information about the club and everyone I spoke to had nothing but positive things to say about Kilmarnock.  I can't wait to get to work with the players and staff on the training pitch and building on the strong foundations left by Steve Clarke."

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