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    Jim Goodwin new manager 

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:48:40 PM

    Jim Goodwin introduced as new Alloa Athletic Player Manager

    Alloa Athletic chairman, Mike Mulraney today presented Jim Goodwin as the new player manager at the club and wished Jack Ross every success at his new job with St. Mirren.

    Mike said “Two weeks ago this was a discussion I didn’t anticipate happening, but as we all know in football things move very fast. We wish our outgoing manager every success but today we are more interested in things moving forward and we are absolutely delighted that we feel we have a readymade replacement but I am sure Jim will be his own man and we anticipate a bright future. It was a very easy decision for the club to make, he was our preferred candidate, as soon as we knew we were going to make a replacement of manager at the club, we are very pleased to be able to appoint someone in a very competitive market, we had some excellent candidates applying for the job but we believe we have the right gentleman to take the club forward.”

    Jim Goodwin spoke to the press “It was a no brainer, we knew as well as Jack was doing and the team was doing, the first club who were looking for a manager in a higher division, he would be top of the list. When I spoke to Jack back in the summer we had discussed this kind of scenario and I had a decision to make to which club I wanted to join who matched my ambitions of not just getting out of this league but also from my own personal ambitions view, I wanted to be at a club where if the manager did move on for whatever circumstances, I would be in a position to put my name in the hat. Thankfully that has now happened as I hoped and it is a great way for me to be given my first managers job in the terms of our manager moving on and not being sacked and that’s a far nicer way to take the job, Jack has wished me well and I wish him well at St. Mirren a club I am very fond of and have great memories of, I know Jack will go there and turn things round at St. Mirren, but for me as Alloa Athletic manager, it is a very proud moment. Jack’s are big shoes to fill, he has left the club in a great position and a fantastic squad of players that I have great respect for and I have had a great relationship up to now as a player, obviously things will change but they won’t change dramatically. The lads know how I am as a person, the kind of standards I will set as a player and that will not change in me being a manager. My intention is still to stay on as a player, the role will be player manager, I still think at this point in my career I still have something to offer, I hope people agree with me in my performances in recent months, but I will not be guaranteeing myself a place. If by playing it was having a detrimental effect on the team, I would be the first person to hold my hands up, I have always been my biggest critic.

    I have been working towards this for some time, I took my badges while playing down in England and it always has been my ambition to step into coaching and management, it is something I am very passionate about and it doesn’t faze me. I have been very fortunate throughout my career to have worked with some great managers, good people whom I respect and have picked up a lot of knowledge from. I am very fortunate to be at the club, it has a great structure in place and past managers like Paul Hartley have done a lot behind the scenes and Jack Ross has carried that on and he has left me in a great position, there is not a lot that needs doing, it is not like I am going into a dressing room and the morale is low, I don’t need to go and pick anybody up of the floor, the dressing room is fantastic, it has some great characters and great experience, along with some great young talent, it is there for everyone to see how good the squad is, our expectations don’t change - our ambition is to get out of this league, ideally that would be by winning the title. A big factor for me going forward is for me to me able to help develop young players and age doesn’t really concern me, if they are good enough they will be chucked in when the time is right to blood them.

    Saturday cannot come quick enough, the fixtures don’t come much tougher away to the team top of the table and then away to the team which is second in the league, but I wouldn’t want it any other way to be honest, I have every confidence in our group of players and the eleven I will pick for Saturday. We will respect every opponent but look to continue and win games, I have so much belief in the players we have at the club we fear no one.

    Another big positive for me, was after speaking to the chairman last night, I picked up the phone to Paddy Connolly and Lee Sharp to ask them to continue to stay on, continue the good work they have done, these guys behind the scene deserve a lot of credit as well for what has been happening at the club up till now and I am delighted to say they both accepted staying on which is another huge positive”.

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