Press comments from the Killie boss Tommy Wright shall be here...
April 10th on the Staggies Post-Match: - Match Recap -
April 9th on John Hughes: "I don't really listen to John too much. He probably talks too much. Our focus has just been on ourselves. Maybe he should just focus on his team. Maybe referees have caused Ross County to be where they are but I think he's trying to influence the referees. But we'll just concentrate on our own team."
April 3rd on the Stenny Cup Post-Match: "These ties can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make them, but we were on the front foot from the off. To win 4-0, keep a clean sheet and progress in the cup makes it a good day for us. Those goals are why we brought Kyle in and a hat-trick will give him even more confidence than he already has! He’s a big personality, a great lad who I’ve known since being with him at Northern Ireland nine or ten years ago. He’s always one for the practical jokes and the players have a wee smile when they see him coming. But when he’s on the pitch on a Saturday or on the training ground, he’s a real professional.” - Match Recap -
Mar 25th on the Post-Split Fixtures: “My initial thoughts on the split games are that they’re good. There is gaps in between games due to cup dates, but that’s the same for all the teams in the league. The first game is against Ross County. We played them recently so we know all about them. We have got three home games which we were expecting; kicking off with two home games gives us a big opportunity to make our mark. Beating County would lift us out of the bottom two which would be ideal. It would add pressure to the other teams, but there are 15 points to play for and our aim is to take each game as it comes and get as many points as possible. It was an important day for us breaking the losing streak. It was a massive game and the players deserve massive credit for coming through it the way they did. It was an emphatic victory and it should give them confidence to kick-on now for the rest of the season. Motherwell were on a decent run, they picked up some good results so it shows how good it was. I believe we should have had six points from them in the two games we played, but that didn’t happen. On Saturday, though, it didn’t matter who we played it was vital we got ourselves off the bottom. I have been in the game long enough to know that when the lows are there that you have to get on with things. You can’t get too down about things when you’re losing, but it was nice going into work on Monday knowing we picked up three points. It’s getting to that stage of the season where we have got to be strong and positive together. That’s one thing we can’t be criticised for – we have been positive in everything we have tried to do.”
Mar 20th on the Well Post-Match: "I'm really pleased for the players and supporters. We've had to wait a long time for a victory. It was important that we won today, it was important we gave ourselves a chance to stay in this league. We showed a lot of quality and a lot of character to win the game." - Match Recap -
Mar 19th on the Well Pre-Match: "I knew it was going to be tough when I took the job. I believed then I could do enough to keep us in this league, and I still believe that. "The enormity of the job now with the position we're in is massive. If we can do it, it will rank up with any of the achievements I've had in managing or coaching since I started."
Mar 5th on the Staggies Post-Match: "To I've come out and defended our players in my four previous games, but the way we started that second half made it a real uphill struggle. We responded well, but the damage was already done. I still feel I can turn it around, even after a defeat when it's still raw I still feel that I can. The positive is we still have a number of games to turn things around." - Match Recap -
Feb 27th on the Arabs Post-Match: "It's a point closer to where we want to be. To be on the front foot against a side pushing for the top six shows how good we can be. Out of the four games we've had four really good performances. But we've only got one point so there's still a lot of work to do. The players gave everything and I think they showed a lot of character in the game when you consider they go one nil down to come back and get back in the game and we ultimately should have went on to win it." - Match Recap -
Feb 25th on the Arabs Pre-Match: “The disappointing thing for me is that out of the three games we could have quite easily had four points. I don’t know if that’s been the story of the whole season or not, but against Motherwell we were the more dominant team and against Aberdeen we should have had at least a point. We dominated possession in these games. I am the first to admit that possession doesn’t win games, but if we’d done better in the final third we would have came away with at least a point. There are positives, but the disappointing thing is with Ross County winning against Celtic it takes them ahead of us. But we have got eight games to go, now we need to move on to the next one and that’s the most important thing. We have the likes of Ross County and Motherwell still to play twice, every game is vital now until the end of the season. We must find a way to get back to winning ways. You would hope these games would suit us as if we get good results it takes points off of teams around us. But we haven’t been taking points from anyone for a while now – the mindset has to change. We contributed to our own downfall on Saturday by giving Aberdeen a free header, those situations have to be eradicated. We must be positive, there are no toys being thrown out the pram or boys being down, they realise the situation we are in. We need to roll our sleeves up and get enough points to stay in the league. I’ve seen Dundee United a few times this season, they have been on good runs and bad runs. Micky [Mellon] has came in and done well, they also have a lot of firepower in their team. But we are at home, so we need to be on the front foot and apply pressure. I’ve got it in my head what I want to do in terms of formation that I want to play. I do think that in the main we should have two strikers on the pitch mainly, or at least a real attacking option sitting off the striker. There are a lot of good players there, but somehow they’ve managed to throw points away by not doing the basics well often enough."
Feb 20th 2021 on the Dons Post-Match: "Disappointed we didn't get something. We deserved a draw, but contributed to our own downfall again and gave Callum Hendry a free header. Second half we had a lot of possession and one or two opportunities. There's a lot of plusses in the performance, but I've told them they have to face up to the facts that we didn't defend a situation well. We can't keep making those basic mistakes." - Match Recap -
Feb 13th 2021 on the Rangers Post-Match: "I was disappointed at the goal on two points; one, we should clear our lines better and two, it was handball, after the header it hits the Rangers player's hand. The official should see that. Whilst there are positives in terms of the effort and work rate and the shape we had was good, ultimately there is huge disappointment that we didn't do enough in the final third." - Match Recap -
Feb 12th on Signing Kyle Lafferty: " I think it will be good for both of us. That [avoiding relegation] is the reason we've brought him in. We have lacked goals. I think I can help him and he will be a big help to us. He is experienced, knows the league and the fact he is 33 on a short-term contract, he will be playing for his future and that's important. He will be really focused on that as well".
Feb 10th on the Well Post-Match: “Most certainly I’m encouraged, I have been encouraged since I came in with the quality in the squad. We will work with them. We know the areas we have to improve and they just have to persevere with it. “I think we bossed possession. We worked on getting the ball into wide areas and creating overloads in those areas to get balls in the box. We did that and had numerous attempts on goal but the quality of those those attempts didn’t trouble the goalkeeper enough. Ultimately, though, we have just been caught as so often happens when you are in the run we’re in. It was a quick throw and we lost our shape a little bit. At no stage of the game Motherwell cause us a problem from open play but they have won the game and Graham will be a happier manager than me. His side have defended well. The two centre-halves have won everything going into their box.” - Match Recap -
Feb 9th 2021: "Apparently, I've walked the length of the Sahara in the time I've been off and it's done me good. I've lost a lot of weight and got fit. I've been reading and relaxed as best I could in difficult circumstances for everybody and the main thing is I feel fresh and raring to go. They (Killie) have not been as difficult to beat as they have in the past, They've lost goals too many times to individual errors. They've not been cut open by teams. They've conceded goals at bad times and possibly not reacted in the right way. Hopefully I can come in and get them working and get them feeling good about themselves.
On inheriting a squad with 17 players out of contract in the summer,.... "It should give any player who's going out of contract a spur because of the circumstances we are in at the minute where clubs are under pressure throughout the world," he said. "You are fighting for your livelihood - either at the club you're at or to impress somebody else. I've seen the way they've trained and I'm pleased I've made the decision to come here. It could be said the squad is at a stage where it's ready for a rebuild and I have experience of doing that. I rebuilt two squads at St Johnstone. The last one was taking a squad down from an average age of 31 down to an average age of 23/24. I'm at that stage of my career where that's the sort of challenge I like and thrive on."
Feb 8th 2021: “I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Kilmarnock manager. It’s a great opportunity for me. I had nine years in total at St Johnstone and the time was right from me to leave there but it is the perfect time for me to come back to management. Kilmarnock has had good success in recent years and I’m looking to take it forward and moving us up the table. This is a really good football club with good people and I was really impressed when speaking to them, which made it an easy decision to take the job.".
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