• Derek McInnes
    Derek McInnes

    2023-24 Managers Comments

Killie FC

2023-24 Managers Comments

Selected Manager's Comments 2023-24....

Sep 23rd on the Dee Post-Match: Del was .... "not convinced" that Dundee midfielder Josh Mulligan deserved to be sent off despite what he thought was a poor challenge. When they go down to 10 men, we are in charge of the game, but at 2-1 you are never there, Really disappointed to lose a goal from a set play. They have a fair size about them and we knew we'd have to stand up to them - that's British football. I thought we were really good in the game, first half. We arrived time and again in their box and we're a bit guilty of not putting the ball away. I thought my front two and two wide players were a handful. It's mad! I've been sent off before, but that was bizarre. I went and apologised to the referee there. I was convinced the ball was out! The ball boy's went missing second-half. I told the referee, I'm wrong, he has to send me off and I apologise. I'm hoping Sportscene can help me out there."  -Match Recap & YouTube Video -

Sep 16th on the Hibs Post-Match: "The response was terrific, everything I expect from my team. That's when you really need your team spirit and it was there in buckets. We score one, and it was a matter of time before the next one came. It's a great header from Joe [Wright]. We've missed that with him being out. I feel that another five minutes and we could go and win it.  We started poorly, but the way we finished the first half and for the rest of the game, I thought we were the better team. Our bravery, our commitment and our spirit got us a point, which was the least we deserved." -Match Recap & YouTube Video -

Sep 2nd on the Staggies Post-Match: "It's a perfectly good goal," he told BBC Scotland. "The referees will all tell you, we've got to let the phase of play run through.  The referee's apologised. He said he blew too early. He told me he wasn't expecting Stuart Findlay to score from there. We shouldn't expect the referee to blow. It's not his job to decide that he doesn't think someone's going to score from there. He should let the phase of play run. I don't know if he was apologising for giving the penalty that wasn't a penalty or apologising for the goal. But, equally both were bad decisions.  It should be a draw, there's no doubt about it. We have been so harshly treated. My club deserve better. We deserve better than that. It was clearly a mistake from Kevin.  It's compounded by us missing a penalty. It just felt a huge wrong, it felt wrong that we never got the goal. We should be getting at least a point for our efforts. Nobody's blaming Danny and he shouldn't feel any kind of real weight on his shoulders with that. He's normally spot on with his penalties. Anybody can miss a penalty."  -Match Recap & YouTube Video -

Aug 26th on the Well Post-Match: "Extremely disappointed. No two halves are ever the same but first half we were outstanding. We arrived a team in good form and our performance showed that. We deservedly go in front and we should have made more of our opportunities. We've got no divine right to come here and expect to control a game for 90 minutes. But I said to the players, if you can't find a way to win a game, don't lose it. That's why with the last kick of the ball, it's such a sore one to take." -Match Recap & YouTube Video -

Aug 20th on the Celtic (Lge Cup) Post-Match: "To beat such a top opponent at this stage of the season, you have to do a lot right,   I'm really pleased with everything I saw today. I thought we limited Celtic to very little. It's testament to the players in front of my goalkeeper, who, across three games, has faced two or three shots.  We dealt with the changes Celtic have the luxury of making really well and I'm delighted we're through to the next round of the cup tie. There's no point in beating Celtic if we don't go on to win it now. I've just said that to the boys. No one will remember this result if we don't go on and win it. We had a wee bit of an advantage over Celtic today. We looked a wee bit more together as a squad. They're still pitching towards where they want to be. We've got there a wee bit sooner than we thought and it's been a huge help today."  Match Recap & YouTube Video -

Aug 13th 2023 on the Hearts Post-Match: "It could have been more. We're not over-celebrating getting a point and a clean sheet. I'm celebrating the type of performance we put in. There is a sense of disappointment that we never scored, that would have given us something to hang on to. I didn't feel they stretched us too much. It's a good point. Not perfect, but we've made some big strides in the last few games." - Match Recap & YouTube Video -

Aug 5th 2023 on the Rangers Post-Match: "We had to show a different version of ourselves against the Old Firm this season. Rangers will get better, but I think we'll get better as well. Our level of performance had to be really good today, but we delivered that. It's a really strong start.. You've got to do so much right to beat a team of Rangers' quality, I think first and foremost the competitive edge had to be there in the team and that was there clearly in spades. I thought we, not only passed the ball well but we snuffed them out and didn't let them enjoy the game in there. Our intensity was really good. It's so important you strike the first blow when you play Rangers and have something to hold onto but also plant that seed of doubt because the supporters come here in huge numbers. The team have got to deal with that so we knew if we got in front we could have a real chance of getting the job done. I thought we were good throughout. By and large I don't think my keeper's had much to do, other than just come for a few crosses and that's testament to the work ahead of the back five and goalkeeper. Rangers will get better and I think we will get better." - Match Recap & YouTube Video -

July 29th on the Albion Rov's Post-Match: "I thought the players were terrific from the first minute, getting after the game. Sometimes it can feel a bit pre-seasony when you come away but you’ve got to make sure you take care of the game, it’s a cup tie that needed to be won. I thought we controlled the game and were very assured and professional.
On Kyle Vassell... “Hopefully he gets a good weeks work into him and gets himself ready for the Rangers game. We’re hoping to try and make another signing at centre forward, and maybe one more plus that too. If we can do that I’d be pleased with the amount of work that’s been done from the recruitment team and the board." - Match Recap & YouTube Video -

July 26th on the Raith Post-Match: “We got what we expected from Raith which was a tough game. The one thing they did do was play the ball quicker and attack the space behind us. We have to praise Raith for that. We scored a good goal ourselves and got in front but it was never comfortable. We spoke at half-time about their ability to regain possession and didn’t react well to losing a goal. It was as if the anxiety of the situation was there. A lack of composure rather than a lack of effort but we lost our way a bit. We wanted to take the opportunity that was there but if we win on Saturday we top the group.”  - Match Recap & YouTube Video -

July 22nd on the Pars Post-Match:  “We’re picking a team today on the basis of trying to win a cup tie, but also being mindful that we need to get boys minutes. I’m still trying to get those kind of relationships and a rhythm going, but while we’re working towards that it’s not a bad habit to be winning games and keeping clean sheets.” - Match Recap & YouTube Video -

July 18th on Squad Additions:  “Before the window closes I’d like five more signings potentially. The forward areas will be key. We’re working around the clock to get the best forwards that we can. We could easily have signed forwards by now and made us feel good about ourselves short term, but we’re trying to get the best ones possible.  It may pay dividends, it may not, but we’re working hard and the board have been really supportive to help us put a squad together that will help us meet the demands this season.

July 15th 2023 on the Annan Post-Match" (On Fraser Murray)   When I came in, Fraser was Player of the Year and as good as anyone in that Championship-winning team. He started last season injured and didn’t really get out of the traps. He’s looked fitter than anyone since coming back and earned his start today. He’s probably been one of our brightest sparks throughout pre-season and took his training performances into the game today. It was a nice finish and a great ball for big Innes’ goal. Good on him, he’s come back with a real determination and hopefully he can maintain that. We were over reliant on Danny to give us that spark last season. If Fraser can stay fit and keep doing what he is doing, then he has a real chance to make an impact for us this season.”  - Match Recap -

July 10th 2023: "We could've easily signed a host of more players, but we're trying to be really specific with the ones we want, I think we'll have another couple of signings in by the beginning of next week. 
European qualification was labelled as.... "the ultimate ambition" for the manager. "Words are cheap," he added. "It's what you do on and off the pitch that's the most important thing. But I don't see why we can't win a cup or push for European positions. That's what the objective will be this season."

June 30th 2023:  "I want to enjoy the season a lot more (than last season)  I'm confident we can make a far better fist of things. The form we showed in the last nine or 10 games was the form we want to show much more.  Our starting point [last season] was way back. This time I've got a head of recruitment and a recruitment team in place. We're getting the shape of the squad moving together, but there's no time to stop and pat our backs. There's more work to do."

June 1st 2023 on Next Term's Squad Planning: “I’d like to work with a tighter squad, I think we had too many last season, not through any fault of our own it’s just the way it was. We’d like to work with four or five less and give encouragement to the younger guys, the likes of David Watson and Bobby Wales came through this season giving encouragement to some of the academy players coming through.  We’re predominantly looking to strengthen the starting XI, we want to be as strong as we possibly can be and have that healthy competition throughout the squad. Over the last couple of days, we’ve had a lot of difficult conversations and decisions to make as it is for every manager at this stage of a season, particularly with lads who have done well for me and this club. Either part of a Championship winning team or playing their part in keeping a team up, but I think, like everything, there is a recognition we need to try and change things. The demand changes on me and the club next season. The demand is still to stay in the league, but we want to look further afield now and be 12 or 13 points better off. If we can do that, it gets you into the region of the top six and Europe, which is what we have to try and do. So, there is a lot of pressure on the recruitment part of it and I feel we are more ready to deal with that than last season.” 

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