The Press Conference
Well today is my first press conference here for HJK. I am very excited to be here and ready to answer all these questions. What is funny this is my first ever press conference for a new team, previously I just started coaching and would just have a random quote here and there but I am in the big time now.
For this press conference Chairman Olli-Pekka Lyytikäinen and Director of Football Tuomo Saarnio will be joining me. Media wise we have a few local journalist and someone from the French sports paper L'Équipe. I have a little surprise for everyone so this should be good.
Olli-Pekka Lyytikäinen:"Good afternoon for those who do not know my name is Olli-Pekka Lyytikäinen and I am the Chairman of this club, I would like to welcome you to this introductory press conference for Kévin Gauthier. He would like to start with some welcoming remarks"
Kévin Gauthier: "Hei ja hyvää iltapäivällä olen ylpeä olla täällä Helsingissä. Haha sorry if my Finnish is really bad I have just started learning it a month ago and still am having some problems with the language. Well other than that I am very happy to be here and excited for this oppertunity."
"Alright, Kévin, let's begin the questions. First, let's go with your new job. What are your feelings on being the manager at Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi?"
" I am very proud and pleased to be here HJK is a massive club with a lot of history and I am very happy that Olli has selected me to lead his club into the new decade."
"Obviously you join this club after spending the last two seasons in Macau with Sporting where you go them a treble and were worshiped by the fans, do you have any regrets leaving the club so early?"
"Honestly there is no regret and I did enjoy my time there, I would still be there if HJK had not approached me a few months ago, I wish them all the luck in the upcoming season and AFC Cup."
"What are your long-term plans and short-term plans for HJK, if any?"
'This will sound very ambitious but I want to get this club to a point where we can go past the group stages of both major Continental Cups and maybe win one or two."
"A little bit too ambitious, don't you think?"
"Not at all my friend, if you look at my resume especially from my time in New Caledonia I know what I am doing and I feel with the right players and environment we can become the best in Europe."
"What do you think of the prospect of playing in Champions League later on in the season?"
"I am very excited to be managing a club that will be in Champions League, it is one of the most enjoyable and competitive tournaments out there."
"Do you have any transfer targets in mind?"
" Yes, there are a few that I am looking at and I think we can come to an agreement with a few, there are some players like Chininha and Luis Domingues from Sporting that I might want to bring over."
"Could you please talk about your play style, from what I have seen it is really unique and something we haven't seen in Finland yet?"
"Sure, well I have a few tactics that I like to employ that are about heavy attacking and counter attacking, it all depends on the situation but during play things can change on a fly. These tactics have helped give my clubs tons of goals and really good defensive records, HJK will flourish under the system."
"Will you be concentrating solely on the Veikkausliiga, or will you be focusing more on the cup competitions, like the Suomen cup and the Finnish League Cup?"
"Pretty much all three competitions I think this club has what it takes to have a sweep of all Finish domestic competitions this upcoming season."
"We all here have noticed you have been emphasizing the concept of the new decade, yes we are now entering the 2020s but can you be a bit more open about it."
"Great question, well I am hoping that we here at HJK can have one of the best decades in club history with the goals of Europe, I want HJK to be the envy of all Nordic Nations and that we become a destination that players will want to go and fans to follow us."
"One last question, you seem to be targeting both the Champions League and Europa League and that is fine and all but do you find it to be a disadvantage that the club runs on an opposite calendar then most of Europe??"
"Oh wow that is a really good question. Yes that is a disadvantage but if Swedish Clubs can be successful as they run the same calendar so we should too, it will take a lot of hard work though. Well I feel this press conference is over, you all have been wonderful any last questions?""
Olli-Pekka Lyytikäinen: "Well it looks like that is all for now thank you for coming out to this today and there will be a meet and greet if you would like to get to know Kévin a little more."