It is the Big Interview they wanted, but Scottish Amateur Football News hits the front again as SEAN KENNEY speaks about the move which has rocked Amateur Football, writes Tom Scott.
HOW DID THE SHOCK MOVE FROM KILBRIDE THISTLE AFC TO ARDEER IN THE WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUE “CONFERENCE B” COME ABOUT?
I got a phone call from Peter McBlain (the Ardeer Secretary) on Wednesday morning to offer me the job. I asked if we could have a meeting with the clubs committee Wednesday night and we could sort our plans for the future. I spoke to some people for advice on my end and then why I spoke to the committee it didn’t take long to accept the job.
HAVE YOU ANY PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE CLUB’S BACKGROUND OR CURRENT COMMITTEE?
I started my coaching career at Ardeer with their under 17s team around 10 years ago when John Frew asked me to come in and coach with him and now he’s went full circle as John is now in coaching with me. I’ve had a good relationship with the Ardeer Committee since then.
IT’S FAIR TO SAY ARDEER HAVE STRUGGLED IN RECENT YEARS WITH MANAGERS DEPARTING AND A SHORTAGE OF PLAYERS. HOW DO YOU TURN AROUND THAT MENTALITY INTO POSITIVITY?
I don’t think it’s a secret that Ardeer have struggled in recent times and it’s our job to change that. We come in with a fresh new and exciting squad with a positive mentality and we hope to give the whole club a lift. The committee down here work tirelessly and we hope to pay them back with our efforts on the park.
WILL YOU RETAIN YOUR POSITION AS CHAIRMAIN OF KILBRIDE THISTLE AS THEY ATTEMPT TO CELEBRATE A 25th ANNIVERSARY?
Yes, I’ll still oversee things at Kilbride Thistle and always be there for the new management team and players to help in any way I can. It’s a massive year for the club and hopefully a successful one come the end of the season.
TELL ME WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MAIN PRIORITIES MOVING FORWARD WITH ARDEER?
Firstly, it’s to win games of football. Sounds basic but it’s not been done often enough down here for a while. The second one is to get the town behind us the way it used to be. Ardeer had a vocal bunch of supporter’s home and away when I started coaching the 17s and it would be great to get similar back for this season but the only way for that to happen to is to give them an exciting football team that’s full of local boys and that’s what we have just now.
The third and probably most important aim is to be able to guarantee Ardeer’s long-term future in the game and build the club back up on and off the park. It’s been teetering on the edge for a good few years now and would’ve had to fold for a year if we hadn’t come in so hopefully if we can start off by getting aim 1 sorted, aim 2 will follow and then that’s how we secure aim 3.
Ultimately, we want to give the town a team to be proud of again and I can guarantee I’ll give everything I have to make sure that is exactly what happens.