Date: 3rd June 2015 at 6:21pm
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New manager Neil McDonald and new first team coach Richie Kyle have spoken about the future at Bloomfield Road.

Audio – McDonald Discusses Appointment

Speaking to the Official Site firstly, McDonald said his immediate task was to assess the players we have under contract as best he could from DVD footage you presume, and then look to make an immediate impact and lift the fans by exiting recruitment.

The former West Ham assistant boss explained he was determined to put his own stamp on the club following our relegation last season and apparently the 49 year old already has some players lined up and discussions have already taken place.

‘I’ve already spoken to a few players to see whether they fancy coming and joining me in this new adventure, and it is a new adventure. We’ve got the history of the football club but we’ve got to try and make a history ourselves. Over the next coming months we’ll try and recruit as many players as we possibly can in the right positions, to try to create the dynamic to win some games and then push on as much as we can towards the top of the table.’

McDonald however isn’t blinded by the task ahead of him given the well established and reported problems at the club, so for him he feels he can take a lot from his experiences at West Ham during their troubled times

‘At West Ham we managed to change the whole ethos of the football club and change the whole mindset, and that takes time. Recruiting good players to try and win you games is the biggest thing that we have to do. If we can do that, it gives us a chance.’

Part of the immediate changes was trying to reshape and fill the background staff, and Richie Kyle was the first change on that score as he steps up from youth team level to first team duties.

‘He’s going to move up from the youth and he’s going to help me out, which is a great help. He knows the club inside out, he knows all the young players coming through and he’s a very good coach. I’ve done my little bit of background on him and I’m happy that he wants to work with me.’

As for Kyle, he explained himself that he jumped at the opportunity when he was approached about it.

‘When I got the call to see if I’d be interested I jumped at the chance. I’ve been at the club a good two years now and I feel like I’ve made an impression on the youth setup. It’s a great challenge for me now to move up to the first-team and to try my skills and attributes by coaching at first-team level. This is the next step in my career and the next step in my development, I can’t wait to get started.’

Having guided the youth team to the North West Youth Alliance title in 2014, last season we saw a number of those prospects bloodied by former manager Lee Clark and Kyle knows that’s the aim of the game at that level, develop people so they can make a first team impact.

Following his appointment, he met with McDonald for the first team the other day and he feels he’s the right man to turn us around on the pitch and give us back the structure we need at the club and he’s looking forward to playing his part in that.

‘I met him yesterday, he’s got some great ideas for the club and he’s someone I think I’ll learn a lot from. I’m there to help the first-team, help stabilise the club and hopefully help to have a better season than what we’ve had over the past couple of seasons. Hopefully we can get some positivity around the club because that’s what’s needed. I’ll bring some enthusiasm and a hard work ethic with the manager. The manager’s passion for coaching and working with the players is inspiring, I get a really good vibe about his appointment because he’s a man with great credentials.’

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