Hyundai A-League head coach Jean-Paul de Marigny on his plans for success and the importance of youth development at the Red & Black.
Hyundai A-League head coach Jean-Paul de Marigny (JP) on his plans for success and the importance of youth development at the Red & Black.
Speaking to the media following his appointment this morning, JP didn’t shy away from his desire to bring success back to the club.
“Like everything else, my belief is that this club is a big club, the biggest club in the league,” said JP.
“My definition of a big club is a club that wins trophies.
“So, the challenge for us is to make sure that when it comes to seasons end, we are challenging to win trophies.
“That’s why I get up. Every day, we need success and we want success, and that is what we’ll be chasing.”
The Wanderers have set the benchmark for youth development over the last few seasons with JP confident he can balance the first team’s desire for success with the development of the next generation.
“I believe we can do both,” said JP.
“We’ve been able to give young players their debuts, my satisfaction out of coaching is seeing players progress and achieve what I achieved as a player and beyond and bigger.
“I believe it’s part of a development of young players, having success in teams, the better the pros are the more chances the young player can learn his trade and challenge for positions.”
The Red & Black have been out of action since the Sydney Derby in late March and only recently returned back to training at the Wanderers Centre of Football.
With the Hyundai A-League restart looming, JP’s plan of action is to get the Wanderers back to where they were prior to the break.
“First thing we said to the players is that we need to work hard and get back to where we finished,” said JP.
“The way that we played football in that last game is exactly what we want.
“That is our challenge from day one – to get the players physically and mentally ready.”