IN THE DUGOUT | IAIN KING | OCTOBER 25 | FOOTBALL. Bloody hell.
Iain King, Head Coach, BSC Glasgow brought to you in association with Sport Careers www.sportcareers.co.uk
FOOTBALL. Bloody hell.
Those words were uttered by Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson after his final game in charge of the Reds ended in a 5-5 draw at West Ham United.
They could apply to every single coach in the BSC family who faces up to the vagaries the Beautiful Game throws at you every weekend.
Last weekend at Vale of Leithen we had gone into the game brimming with confidence from what I felt was a great week in training in the wake of the encouraging and thrilling 4-4 draw with Lowland League powerhouses Dalbeattie Star.
Given that the away fixture to Star had been lost 5-1 earlier in the season I feel we had a right to consider that the changes in personnel and methods of preparation were having a positive effect.
Instead within nine minutes of schoolboy defending we were 2-0 down, one more terrible error at the back and it was three.
It was very hard to take against a side I believe we should be looking to take points from in this rookie season.
Now as a fledgling squad we were at a crossroads, capitulate and take another hammering or fight for our pride.
Well, I believe we got some answers. Craig Duncan hauled us back into the game, new signing Ross McKinnon drove us on from midfield and with some better decisions – and a slice more luck – we might have nicked a point.
This has been a whirlwind five weeks since Craig and I came into the club.
We have made seven signings, tried to instil our way of playing mid-season, suffered three serious injuries to key players and attempted to bed ourselves into what is a terrific football club.
This afternoon we have a chance to progress into the next round of the Challenge Cup against South of Scotland League leaders Lochar Thistle.
We have prepared well, had our opponents watched carefully, given this tie everything because we feel the club has a chance to do what East Kilbride FC did last season and make a real mark in this tournament.
Four games into our time here we have seen real glimpses of what this team can produce and we need to see it in a concerted 90-minute performance now.
Away from the build-up to the game it has been a pleasure to get around and meet some of the BSC family.
In my role as SYFA Scotland national head coach I went to watch our 2001s defeat Renfrew Vics 6-1 and was very impressed by Peter Vezza’s squad.
Four of those players will be in at national trials next month now and it was a real barometer for me to see the talent we have coming through the ranks.
We have a challenge ahead of us to build a coach and player pathway for the way ahead at BSC and that is something I am desperate to play a big role in.
For now, though, the mission is simple. Get ourselves into the next round of the SFA Challenge Cup and make our Saturday night a whole lot more pleasant than last week’s was.
Enjoy the Game,
Iain King, Head Coach.