Mark McGhee meets the Fans
Updated Monday, 15th October 2007
The Supporters' Trust held a Meet the Manager evening in the Cooper Suite on Monday evening. Mark spoke for over an hour and gave fans a useful insight to his ideas about the game. A thouroughly entertaining evening.
To begin with Mark was asked about his signings since his arrival at
What about playing style and motivation? The two were quite different. Joining at the start of the season was ideal for motivation. When he looked at the squad he felt there was need for "reconditioning". He set about it in a "robust" way. It was fairly easy for a new manager to get his way but the players responded well. Ten of them trained from eigth to nine in the gym before taking part in two or three sessions during the day followed by another hour's fat burning in the gym.
The style issue depended to a large extent on they type of players he found already at the club. To his delight he found he had football players - therefore there was no choice but to play football. He tried to play to their strengths. He felt that the four front players had to be in the team and as a result we have an attacking formation.
Does practice make perfect? His forte was that always played in attacking teams so it is natural that he tries to pass that on. "I don't just work with the forwards!"
It was pointed out that the recent
The manager noted that Chris McCart and his team do a great job. They keep finding players. He is pleased that the club is separating out the youth development budget to give Chris some autonomy.
What about the new keeper we have on trial? "No idea!". Colin meldrum reports that he seems to be ok. We want to see him play and he seems keen to come to
Why no loan players from
What surprised you when you arrived at Motherwell? He approached this question I a roundabout way. Had he arrived to find no players who were comfortable with their back to goal (tales of Steve Bull) then a different style of play might have been needed - over the top. He was surprised at the quality of player already here. He found players who were comfortable on the ball.
He spent some time explaining the problems a manager could have with players who were not picked. He reckoned that he has only eleven or twelve outfirld players in competition for regular starting positions so the issue doesn't arise at
In some cases it would work to the team's advantage. Porter was not played for the first few games and he felt that Clarkson's game improved.
Asked about the most satisfying performance he picked out the first half against Rangers. The fact that it followed the great show at Easter Road gave confirmation that the team were making real progress. He was than asked to explain the
He was asked about the possibility of finding a big centre half at the next transfer window. He made it clear that neither Kinniburgh nor Mclean were threatening the places of Craigan and Reynolds. As for central defenders, "the bigger the better and if they can run, even better" He pointed out that we don't lose many goals from open play and that the goals conceded would hardly be noticed if we were to convert more of our chances.
As for taking chances he made it clear that he expects Clarkson to find the net more often. He also expressed concern at certain aspects of our finishing. "We seem to want to steer it and get through wee gaps". He wants simply to hit it by the keeper and Faddy's example against the
He attended a manager's conference last weekend.
Did he find it hard to accept that Scott Leitch was already in place as his assistant? No. Both at Millwall and at Brighton he had retained the existing back room staff and he was happy to give those at
The hardest part of being a manager is coping with defeat. Fans sometimes question if it means as much to players and managers - yes it does.
Mark was thanked for providing over an hour's fascinating insight into the management of the team and roundly applauded for his contribution to the evening.