Klug: In My World Everything is About Getting Better Every Day
Thursday, 12th Apr 2018 15:56
Caretaker-manager Bryan Klug has reiterated that he has no intention of becoming the Blues boss beyond the final four games of this season and says he wants the players to take his approach of aiming to become better every day during his short stint in charge.
Asked whether he was proud to be asked to take on the role, the academy’s head of coaching and player development said: “In some ways, it’s nice to be considered for something like that but obviously there have been circumstances leading up to it, and when you care about the club like we all do, you don’t want those things to happen.
“It’s quite an unusual circumstance as well, going in and talking with the players today I said to them these things happen when results have been really, really bad so it needed a change.
“But it’s not really that kind of situation, everybody here in the training ground is sad to see Mick go.”
He says he was called up by owner Marcus Evans earlier in the week, manager Mick McCarthy having made his decision to move on following the Brentford game at the weekend.
“He rang and it was a phone call I didn’t want to take,” Klug added. “I’ve no agenda here at all, I’ve been very lucky to be around the football club a long time so if I’m asked to do anything for the football club I’ll give it a go and do it to the best of my ability.
“Like I say, it’s not something that I sought or even thought about but when the question was asked obviously I’m willing to give it a go and do the best that I can.”
Any hesitation about taking the role? “I think the owner’s words were, ‘There’s no one else so you’re going to have to do it’! I took that as a compliment.”
He says whatever happens it will just be for this season’s remaining four fixtures: “No agenda on that at all. Obviously Marcus is going through a process [of finding a new manager] and that was part of the conversation for me to say that I’ll cover it for as long as he wants me to and it looks like it’s going to be to the end of the season.
“He’s working on [a successor to Mick] and hopefully we can all help and get the right management team in here which fits the club.
“But for me, like I’ve said to the players this morning, that is not what I do now. I haven’t got the qualities, I don’t want some of the qualities that I think you have to have to cope with this job.”
The 57-year-old spoke to the squad this morning and wants them to take a positive approach to his short spell at the helm.
“We talked about that this morning,” he continued. “They’re professional players, you’ve got to compete in every game and give everything you’ve got.
“Where I’m coming from in my world everything is about getting better every day so I want them to come in, not just thinking we’ve got four games, three games or whatever. I want them to have that attitude that we’re going to do the best that we can today.”
Klug is known to be someone who favours a passing game but knows there has to be an element of pragmatism when going into Championship matches these days.
“It’s very difficult to get the balance right, isn’t it?” he reflected. “In my world, the U23s are playing out there today, it’s not make or break win, lose or draw, it’s about learning but I think you have to be pragmatic in the Championship.
“I think it’s a very tough league. It’s such a different game from 10 years ago when Jim [Magilton] and I were doing it, the game has changed.
“The analysis is leading a lot of it and so the organisation is more pragmatic. Of course you can be very expansive if you’ve got the best players but if you’re not organised it’s very difficult to play at that extreme.
“I think pragmatism, being organised [is a must] or otherwise you’re going to get overrun.”
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