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"He's been brilliant to work with"

Mark Connolly on life under Head Coach Harry Kewell

23 August 2017

Mark Connolly on life under Harry Kewell - taken from our Cambridge United programme interview.

Just as Reds fans got to know more about our new boss at Tuesday night's Fans Forum, last week we asked Connolly for his take on the boss during his interview for the Cambridge programme feature.

Those in attendance on Tuesday and those watching from home would've heard Kewell mention his desire to succeed and the hard work he's been putting in, and Connolly echoed those statements further.

"He’s been brilliant - to be honest he is a lot different to managers I’ve worked with in the past," Connolly told the club's official matchday programme.

"We work tirelessly every day and I’ve always worked hard but this is a new level for me - with every week that passes I feel fitter and fitter.

"The manager, Warren and the others behind the scenes are working hard and it’s up to us as players on the pitch to cut out the mistakes and take our chances when we get them."

Just as the Irishman admits he's never worked at such an intensity before, he reveals the boss is facing tests of his own.

The start to the season hasn't been the best, but the defender acknowledges there's challenges for Kewell too.

"It’s tough for the boss too dealing with a lot of new players, the club is different and it’s going take time but I think if we stick together as a football club and a community then we will see positive things.

"Obviously the first three games have been frustrating but it’s going to take time - but honestly we will get there."

There's been a lot of change since the Australian's arrival, and whilst the results haven't been there, Connolly insists there are promising signs. The players are buying into Kewell's ideas and Connolly believes effort is rife and they are close to getting it right.

"We’re not going out and playing games and finding teams carving us open or outplaying us for 90 minutes," he continues.

"If we can start getting that first goal and take our chances then it’s a different outlook on the games we could be sitting here talking about how we’ve won the first two games 2-0 or 3-0.

"Unfortunately we’ve conceded first and we’ve given ourselves work to do and had to leave ourselves more open.

"Hopefully if we stick together then it will come because the effort is definitely there it’s just getting used to what the manager wants us to do."

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