The Bristol City board acted quickly today to snare their man and appointed Sean O'Driscoll to the position of head coach. This new title befits a club with a new, you could say modern approach to squad building and transfer policy.
Although he's a name known to many, I plan to offer some additional insight into our new gaffer (I'm sure he'll be called that, head coach or not!) on these pages over the next few days.
The first in a trumverate of posts on the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll on The Exiled Robin comes from a previous, and always welcome contributor to the site. Steve Wright, from 'Mist Rolling in from the Trent' has been kind enough to pen (or key) his thoughts on City's latest appointment, reflecting on what O'Driscoll brought to Nottingham during his albeit brief, abruptly shortened, stay at the City Ground.
Thanks to Steve for this detailed description of O'Driscoll and what he will bring to BS3 - if we allow him time. What is clear from the above is that this is a man built to last, someone who, to use modern football parlance, seems well suited to a 'project', and not one of those that means a rich oil tycoon throwing Arab dollars at a once-famous club in the hope they will one day again reach the top.
I've picked a few quotes out from the above that should fill all City fans with hope, promise and hopefully give us all a shot of patience - look at what we could have:
"he is an ideal man to lay the groundwork for a strategy that focuses on player development and playing intelligent, possession football"
"a team guy who collaborates with the club’s other staff for the greater good rather than for his own publicity and ego development"
"sometimes it clicks and is a joy to watch"
There are of course other quotes I could have pulled out. Those relating to the time it will take some players to adapt to his style, the lack of jumping up & down on the touchline (how long before an OTIB post that he's not passionate enough?) or the overly considerate approach to other teams strengths, something I alluded to as one of McInnes' failings in my weekend musings over his sacking (http://exiledrobin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/its-not-all-about-results.html?showComment=1358203433664).
Whatever happens a critical 20 games lie ahead and we must all give our total support to everything the new man tries to do and the team he selects on the pitch.
We're all in this together, aren't we?