Date: 4th October 2014 at 7:18pm
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I talk about our caretaker manager

When we first signed Andy Hughes in the Summer, I was a little surprised. He is registered as a player, though he had barely featured for his former club, Charlton.

However, having seen how he works with the young players and the contributions he makes to matchday training my opinion quickly changed.

Furthermore, having looked at his lineup and listened to his post match interview with Jack Dearden I’m even more impressed.

He struck me as someone who really cares about the club, knows where he stands (in that he isn’t here to play a lot of football), he picked players who deserved to be picked and removed the likes of Moxey and Garvan, who have been in poor form, from the squad.

Hughes has played a lot of football in this time and knows this level better than anyone. On listening to his interview he seemed very knowledgable and very positive about the club. For those of you who missed it, here are a few of the things he said.

‘Whoever is the next manager, he is going to inherit a wonderful squad. I look down our squad and I think ‘wow’.

‘There is only one way for this club and that is up. And it will stay up.’

He also said that if he were a manager who was linked with the job he’d be very tempted. Here, I think he accepts that he’s not going to be our next manager but I’ve been very impressed by him. With little experience even coaching, he doesn’t have the credentials to manage but I’d like to see him as a first team coach.

The former Scunthorpe man has played with this squad, so to take them on and be part of the coaching set up would allow for an easy transition in my opinion.

He has a degree in Sports Science as well as a UEFA B License. To me, that is enough to make the first team coaching staff of a Premier League team even before looking at the contributions he makes.

I have been impressed by him and hope that he has a large part to play in the next manager’s setup.


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