Q&A With Gary McCann - Part Two

Greensnet Editor
Thu 06 Oct 2016, 21:40

Gary McCann sat down with Greensnet this evening before training to go through the questions asked by supporters a couple of weeks ago. The second part of the questions and answers follow below.

Q9 : How do you get most of your signings? By seeing them playing against us, by traditional scouting methods, players approaching you personally, contacts with fellow managers at other clubs, especially in the case of youth players at higher level clubs who may be available for loan?

Bit of all of them. At our level you have to do your due diligence before signing a player, and by scouting at the two levels below us and the top end of academies to improve the squad. With young loanees you have to ensure they want to be with the club, we've been fortunate that we've had some good ones in recent years.

Q10 : Why do today's footballers use predominantly one foot, when working on their weaker foot would improve their overall movement and make them a better player with more options?

Two footed players are the pinnacle of the game, most coaches will ensure you're strong and efficient with your good foot, and able to use your other foot. It's down to time, and probably also coaching methods with players when they are learning the game.

Q11 : The role of psychology is accepted in many sports, but footballers apepar not so keen for fear of ridicule from their colleagues. What are your experiences of how psychology has helped the team or individual players? Do you encourage players to seek assistance or do you bring in mind coaches?

If we were at a higher level, then this is something I would definitely buy into. I believe I'm tactically aware but perhaps not as astute as some coaches. I aim to get the best out of individuals by getting them focused and prepared mentally. Managers at our level need to be mind coaches as well as tactical coaches.

Q12 : Money no object, which player(s) that you played with at Hendon would you sign for this current squad and why?

Paul Whitmarsh and Junior Lewis. Paul was on another level and could easily have played at a higher level, and his partnership with Junior was superb. I'm still in contact with Paul and he's now living in Ireland and doing very well.

Q13 : Is it difficult when older supporters compare today's team with the teams of the past and what they achieved? How do you cope with those comments?

The game has changed, finances in football have changed, and even since I was playing, we're now working on a much smaller scale. I'm a realist and we have to live in the real world ensuring we earn our respect. All teams are diffferent, all eras are different. I'm sure many players will be remembered fondly in the years to come.

Q14 : After the play-off final defeat against Margate, what were your immediate emotions & thoughts at the final whistle?

Immediate thought was that the decision to send off Aaron was a wrong one, but I ensured I kept myself contained and controlled. I felt that the decision had cost us and gave us an unfair playing field. I think the play-off final should be two legs as one situation like that can cost you dearly. There were feelings of frustration, disappointment and sadness.

Q15 : What are your proudest moments as a player and as a manager at the club?

As a player, it's got to be the FA Cup win at Leyton Orient. Also the penalty save I made at Hitchin Town which kept us in the Premier Division - the penalty was taken by Rudi Hall and as he ran up he opened up his body and I was able to make the save to the left. As a manager, its the way as a club we've stood by players that have suffered serious injuries including Casey Maclaren, Elliott Brathwaite and Lee O'Leary. It makes me proud to see any player work himself back to fitness from serious injury, Credit must go to Mark Findley too.

Q16 : Who is the best goalkeeper you've ever shared a training session with?

John Rogers (John, who has supported the club for many years and will be known to many, was a member of the reserve squad when Gary was first with the club as a player and they trained together on a few occasions).