I was very happy with the draw but I might be underestimating it.. It's a nice little side challenge definitely.
He's always looking for a challenge is Burns
Happy with the results for sure, hoping McBurnie can lead the line for us for a full campaign see I can see if we have a striker to get us anywhere!
It has been a welcome change for me getting used to day to day management once again and the past month has flew by. I took charge of the team on the day of a game so that was an intense start to life here with Scunthorpe in itself. What a game it was too. We were 1-0 down and then 3-1 up with thirty five minutes to go in the game but it was only in the 90th when Southend decided to score and then they got another two minutes later, courtesy of a penalty, to spoil the result for me on my debut. A shocking way to throw away a lead but as I was to discover over the ensuing month it wasn't a 'me' problem it was a recurring one as we threw away the lead to Barnsley and MK Dons too. We dug out some real good wins though and had to really grind them out as the players began to show a bit of fight and determination. With that renewed will to win we managed to pull out of the relegation zone and up to mid to lower table mediocrity.
I actually inherited a fairly decent side here albeit the best players are all in on loan which is a bit stifling due to the max 5 loanees per match day squad. Our best right back Callum Connolly was on loan from Everton and despite our best efforts he wasn't willing to accept a modest wage to sign permanently and Everton wouldn't loan him back and so our loanee problem became less of one and we went out and signed James Bolton permanently. Marcel Lewis was another that was on loan and returned to his parent club in January but we were able to convince Chelsea to send him back and we actually went on to sign an affiliate agreement with them as the clubs looked to forge a relationship. Lewis is one of our star three attacking midfielders alongside fellow loanees Aaron Rowe and Yan Dhanda. Those three have great quality about them but were missing a forward who they could trust as Tom Elliot, Kevin Van Veen and Olufela Olomola flattered to deceive. So, we opened the check book for the second time and splashed the cash on Macauley Bonne who has gotten off to a fantastic start. Jack Barmby, Jacob Butterfield and Jason Holt were brought in to bolster a position seriously lacking when I joined as the central midfield was at the bare bones, particularly in star quality. Barmby is a guaranteed starter as our main attacking threat from midfield whilst Butterfield is most likely to star alongside him in a holding role with Holt acting as back up to the two. We actually had a really good goalkeeper in the squad in Rory Watson but when I heard that young Robby McRorie wasn't getting game time at Rangers it was a no-brainer to sign him as it will work out for all parties, including the national team.
In terms of the staff at the club I didn't inherit much in terms of core staff as it was just the goalkeeping coach, head of youth, a couple of physios, the head of sports science, the chief scout and the chief data analyst that were worth keeping around. I brought Darren Davies in from the cold(or warmth) down under to be my assistant manager then added the experience of Iain Brunskill and Paul Jenkins alongside Danny Elliot as my coaches. Former Liverpool fitness coach Gonzalo Rodriguez took a bit of convincing to join us but eventually he accepted an offer from us after weeks of negotiating. Former free kick specialist Ryan Taylor was next in the door as the ex Newcastle player accepted the role of Under 23 assistant manager and he was soon joined by former Manchester United star Patrice Evra who joined as an Under 23 coach. Some real quality additions and I believe all of these guys can help us this season as we try to push as high up the league as possible. It's likely that I will be on the move afterwards but all of these lads can secure a great future for themselves here.