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In what may be seen as a surprise appointment, the AS Monaco FC board has named a virtually unknown Syrian head coach as their new manager.
Winchester, who turns 27 next birthday, was introduced to the fans and journalists this morning (2nd of July 2013).
A press conference has been called to officially introduce Winchester to the world.
- Why did you choose to sign for AS Monaco FC specifically?
- Because of the exciting project that the boards have suggested, I'm willing to take AS Monaco FC to the next level.
- That means there is a high level of ambition that you found in the chairman, do your ambitions meet with his?
- Yes, both of us want the best for the club.
- What about the expectations?
- Our minimum expectation is to qualify for the Champions League, we would also like to challenge for the title!
- You have taken this job without being able to speak French, wouldn't it be hard for you to manage a club in France?
- I've started learning French the minute I applied for the job, don't worry.
- Some of the people in the club are a bit afraid of the changes you are going to bring, should we expect some changes?
- I've already studied the current status of the club. I say, don't expect major changes. I'm pleased with the current status to be honest.
- The fans are excited about the future of the club, do you think you can deliver good performances within the short term?
- We will find out soon.
- Will you be concentrating primarily on achieving in the Ligue 1?
- Yes, of course.
- What about the domestic cups?
- I believe that every club must give a chance to the youth, it is important for them to play football and the domestic cup is the best chance for every young player to prove himself.
- It is often said that money buys success in football, you must be delighted with the funds you currently have?
- Yes, I'm pleased with the current financial status. However, every club must balance between youth development and spending on players and that is what I'm going to try to do.
- It's clear that youth development is a crucial philosohpie for you, how do you think it will help AS Monaco FC for the short term?
- Look, youth development doesn't usually help you in the short term, however, in the long term it will help the club produce talented homegrown players.
AS Monaco FC has also announced their preseason plans for this season.