Hi Alan, a little bit about you this week and your football traits this week, so firstly let’s talk about the playing style you’ve adapted here at Llandudno, talk us through what you try to achieve out on the pitch and how you do your best to implement it?
I’ve always tried to make my teams to play football the right way, I think it’s the way that football should be played, and it’s a way that players want to play. I implement best I can by keeping a squad of players who can play football, and look to bring players in who can play my style, they need to be comfortable on the ball which all of my players are now.
Do you base Llandudno’s playing style on any other clubs you’ve experienced or witnessed around the world, who are your inspirations in that sense?
No not really the way I play is my own philosophy, I enjoy watching and building teams to play football that way, we all like the Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s of the world and you try to build the best team you can at the level you’re at.
How much consideration do you take in to the opposition each week? Do you believe that your own brand of football is good enough to compete at any level against many teams or do you pay quite a bit of attention to who our opponents are and the style of play you will be faced with?
If I only concentrated on us we would be in trouble, I go out and watch games and opposition as much as I can and as much as my time allows, then where possible I try to get footage of other games and watch Sgorio and keep live games so I can analyse. I still believe in my philosophy and the way I want to play but I do take in to account the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses and adapt accordingly.
When did you decide to be a coach and who are the managers you aspire to be or at least take inspiration from?
I like the Pep Guardiola’s and the Jurgen Klopp’s of the modern world, but back when I was growing up it was the Kenny Dalglish’s of Liverpool and the Marco Van Basten’s of AC Milan in the early days. I first got in to coaching while I was a player at Connah’s Quay I was asked to be a player/coach alongside Nev Powell. I get as much pleasure now getting 3 points on a Saturday than I did as a player.
We’ve had mixed results since we last sat down so let’s start with that victory against Connah’s Quay, another win and another clean sheet, an accomplished performance would you say?
Yeah it was a very good three points against a very good Welsh Premier League side, as I’ve said they are going to be pushing TNS very close this season so it puts in to perspective how good of a three points it was. It’s nice now to have the weekend off so the lads can recover from the hard start we’ve had to the season so far.
Let’s touch on the cup exit at the hands of Caernarfon Town in our last game, just give us your thoughts on the performance and the result?
I don’t think it was a great game between the sides, I don’t think either side deserved to win or lose, but the chance fell to them on the night and they put it away. Good luck to them in the next round.
Moving on to Prestatyn next week, your tip to be the surprise package of the Welsh Premier League and streamed live on YouTube by the WPL for the first time ever, talk us through what sort of game the viewers can expect?
It’s going to be a very hard game for us, they are a young, hungry team, which will cause a lot of teams in the WPL problems this season. Their performance in the game to date have been good and they will pick up points through the season, just hopefully not against us on Thursday!
Interview with Beth Davies
Hi Beth, a few games in and we’ve got a couple of knocks in the squad already, talk us through the players who have had to sit out last night in training and the extent of the injuries they’ve obtained?
Well Marc (Williams) as we know came off in the Connah’s Quay game which was a result of his snapshot that was well saved by John Danby, with Marc needing to get the shot off quickly he’s not been able to follow through the ball properly which caused him to strain his hamstring. This means he’s got swelling and bruising that needs to settle down properly yet, and then we’ll work on him in rehabilitation to regain his strength. An injury like this usually has a recovery time of around 4-6 weeks depending on how well he responds to rehab.
Ryan (Edwards) was unable to train last night following Ramsey’s heavy challenge in the opening minutes of the Caernarfon game. The challenge has basically come side on and caught Ryan across both knees, however with the amount of force in the challenge it’s actually Ryan’s standing leg that has come off worse with the impact. As a result of this the swelling is still very evident with this only happening on Tuesday so when the swelling heals we can assess Ryan further, we’ve given ourselves as greater chance as we can on his recovery time by removing him from the field of play Tuesday and immediately treating him with ice and compression.
And a quick word on Mike Williams who missed Tuesday night’s cup game?
Yeah Mike as people know now actually retired from professional football due to arthritis in his hips so we’re simply managing this along with various other muscular niggles to ensure we have him fully match fit for the games we need him. Unfortunately Caernarfon was one game too many at this early stage of the season, especially following Connah’s Quay on the Saturday. We have a routine in place that we work with Mike on as well and between us we should ensure his return to full fitness for Prestatyn next week.
Updated 09:52 - 1 Sep 2017 by Sam Williams
JD Welsh Premier League
The Giant Hospitality Stadium
Thursday 7th September - 7.45pm Kick Off
Llandudno vs Prestatyn