• Managers Comments 2021-22
    Managers Comments 2021-22

  • Managers Comments 2021-22
    Managers Comments 2021-22

    Tommy Wright

Killie FC

2021-22 Managers Comments

Press comments from the Killie boss Tommy Wright shall be here... 

July 20th on the Morton Post-Match: “We’ve a chance to go through and that’s all down to the character of the players.  A win won’t guarantee it for us against Stranraer. We might need to win by a number of goals. I think we got what we deserved. Kyle has an eye for goal and he took it well. I’m really pleased how Zach came up trumps.” - Match Recap -

July 17th on the Clyde Post-Match:  "The most important thing was getting the three points. I hought first-half we were outstanding, we should have scored at least another couple of goals.  Their goalkeeper made good saves and we missed a few chances, we played at a good tempo and had a fast start. The goal coming so quickly settles the nerves, but the second-half we didn’t play as well as we can." - Match Recap -

July 16th on the E Kilbride Forfeit:  "We take it on the chin as a club. We take it as a group, full responsibility, no individual. There are various ways it should have been flagged up and we move on. It’s happened. It’s disappointing because we got off to a good start based on what we’d done pre-season too. But it’s still a winning start for me on the pitch and we go into the Clyde game after a good result determined to win the three games we have to give us a chance of qualifying. The result has been taken off us through something that didn’t happen on the pitch. It’s our fault. I was pleased with how we played and how we’ve trained. If you look at the bench, we’ve had some injuries and niggles.  Everyone is starting to get back again so the squad will be stronger for the next three games and there’s nothing to say we can’t win those three games. Things happen. It’s one of those it happened in a competition last year. It’s not defending what the oversight was. But from a player’s point of view the majority wouldn’t have known they’d had two bookings in the group stages and they go onto the next season. Nothing had to be said to Dan. It’s not his fault. The fact he’s moved clubs obviously then the transition has probably affected how things went."

July 19th on the E Kilbride Post-Match:  “The first 15 minutes were a bit helter-skelter, the ball was popping about, but once we settled in and moved the ball, it was a good professional performance. These games can be really tricky, particularly with so many new players in the team. But we should control these games and we did that. “Zach Hemming had to make one really good save at 0-0 but he wasn’t really troubled the rest of the game.  We had to work hard for our goals and I’m pleased with the win. Naisy has done well since he came in, linking with Burkey on that side. He gets forward and I’ve always felt he’s a threat at set-plays. “Fraser will always get goals. He’s wonderful to work with - he’s two-footed, he can play through the middle and he’s a nightmare for defenders because he can go right or left. He scored six or seven goals last season and he’s someone I’m hoping can get a lot of goals this season because he’s a really good finisher.  Chris Burke is still looking great, that’s why we re-signed him. He’s going to be vital because we understand the Championship is going to be a tough league. For our two young wingers, there is nobody better in the game for them to learn from than Burkey.” - Match Recap -

July 6th 2021 on Signing Keeper Sam Walker:  “We’ve known we needed two players for this position and we’ve been looking since the end of the season.  Sam was on our list and we’ve eventually got him and I’m really pleased to do that because now I look at it and feel that I’ve got two number one goalkeepers. Sam obviously has more experience than Zach but both are top goalkeepers and I look forward to working with both of them. Hopefully Sam’s experience can help Zach and us for what will be a really tough season.”

July 3rd 2021 on the Larne Pre-Season Draw: "We should have seen the game out but it doesn't take away what a good week it's been for us."

July 1st 2021 on Naming Chris Stokes Captain:  “He’s been a captain before and has experience of winning promotions in England. People that I know told he was vocal and I’ve seen that as well on the pitch.  I’ve named three vice captains as well in Chris, Euan and Rory so they’ll likely form the players’ committee.”

June 30th on Re-Signing Chris Burke: “We spoke to Chris before the end of the season about things. We wanted to find out what he wanted to do.  We spoke about a player/coach role for him but he said he wanted to just continue playing right now.  We gave him some breathing space to think things over about what he wanted to do.  I know some other clubs spoke to him but he came back to us saying that he wanted to stay.  I have so much respect for Burkey and I think the fact he has stayed shows how much affection he has for Kilmarnock.  One thing he said was that he loves coming to work every day. The last 12 months have been tough but he still wanted to be here.  I am really pleased he is staying with us.  You look at what he can contribute on the park for us but we have two young wide players in Dan and Fraser (Fraser Murray and Dan Armstrong)  and there is no better player to learn from than Burkey.  People who know me know that I will always be honest with people and I think Burkey respected that. Sometimes people don’t like when you are honest with them but I think that’s the best way to be.  I think how this has been handled shows the respect I have for Burkey and he has for me.”

June 23rd 2021 on Signing Liam Polworth:  “He’s a good Premiership player who I know a lot about.  We’re trying to build a squad here that has competition for places all over the park and I think in midfield he’ll be a good attacking option. Liam’s a quality player with great delivery at set plays and I think with the ability he has, he can score more goals and I’ve already spoken with him about that. We’re still looking to add quality players because I don’t want anybody feeling that they are guaranteed a place. I want people in the building who are going to compete for a first team place and drive us forward to get us back to the Premiership.”

June 21st 2021 on Signing Zach Hemming: “Paul (Stephenson asst mnger) alerted me to him but I know Ian Bennett [Middlesbrough, goalkeeping coach] really well and I think Zach is someone who will come in and be a big hit with the fans. He’s a good size, technically a very good goalkeeper and he will improve by playing games.”

June 17th 2021on his Latest 3 Squad Additions:  “Fraser (Murray) is someone I’ve been aware of since he broke onto the scene at Hibs. He had other options but he made it clear that he wanted to come here. He’s a good age, has ability, is quick and goes past people. He’s got experience in this league so nothing will be new to him and is part of that blend of youth and experience that we’re building here.

“I’ve known Jason (Naismith) since I’ve been in Scotland and he’s an excellent player. As soon as we spoke to him and his agent, there were no qualms about having to step down a league and I think that’s really important. He’ll bring experience and a lot of quality.  I’m trying to build a squad with competition all over the pitch because 11 players alone won’t get us back to where we want to be. We’re going to need competition and defensively with the seven players that we have then I think that is pretty strong.

Brad Lyons: “He’s a strong player with plenty of energy and he’s another who is a good age. He had options but this was where he wanted to be so I’m glad to get Brad in. He’s a box-to-box midfielder and I do feel that one area that we can help him with is to get him back to what he did in the Irish League, which was score goals. He had a good scoring record with Coleraine, had a decent loan at St Mirren and did well at Morecambe last year.”

June 10th on Signing Chris Stokes: “Chris is someone I tried to sign a few years ago while he was at Coventry. He’s an experienced player, a leader and organizer on the field who will help the defence.  I believe he will be vocal on and off the field and be a great help to the younger players in the squad.  It’s not just about building a team but building a squad that can help this club grow again and we’re trying to get the right blend of players between ones who have tasted success and want more along with young players who are hungry to experience that.  Adding those players along with the youngsters already at the club will hopefully allow the fans to see we’re getting the right mix to compete for positions and get the club back to where we want to be.” 

June 7th on Signing Stephen McGinn: “As we continue to build our new team, we’ve brought in players in their early or mid 20s but experience is also important and Stephen knows what it is like to win the Championship.  I believe that experience will be invaluable and I really like the way Stephen plays the game. “All the players we’ve added so far have shown a great determination and enthusiasm for getting the club back to the Premiership and Stephen was really keen to join and be part of something here.”

June 3rd on Signing Blair Ralston: “I’ve obviously worked with the boss before, I know what he’s about and how he can get the best out of the boys. Hopefully we can put together a strong team and have a good season.  I’m really pleased to get Blair. He was someone who I really didn’t want to leave St. Johnstone. Blair will do extremely well in this league, he’s got a lot of quality. His attitude is excellent and he pops up with important goals. He’ll improve us a lot in that middle area and chip in with goals and assists.”

June 2nd on Signing Daniel Armstrong: “I’ve known Daniel for a long time and I tried to sign him on loan when he was a youngster with Wolves. He’s someone I’ve kept an eye on and he’s got more experience and did extremely well with Raith last season, scoring goals and registering a number of assists. He’s an exciting player who is a good age with experience of this league, which is important and I believe there’s scope for Daniel to improve even further at Kilmarnock”

June 1st on Signing Euan Marray: “Euan’s someone I’ve been aware of for a while. Firstly, he’s a very good player and it’s great he lives close by. When I first came in, I said I wanted players that have an identity and connection with the fans. It’s important that we have players that know what it means to the area.  He’s a leader, he’s aggressive in his defending, and he’s a handful in both boxes. I’m really pleased to get him on board.”

On Ross Millen Departing:  “We set Ross a deadline to get back to us about a contract extension, giving him time to think it over. The club didn’t get a response in time and we’ve now withdrawn our offer. It’s important that we have players here who want to play for the club.  I want to thank Ross for his time at Killie, and wish him well. 

Tommy Wrights Comments 2021- HERE

Alex Dyer Comments 2020-21 - HERE

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