Guest Blog: Andy Morrison
- 23 August 2013 09:57
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Each week, we'll be bringing you the views of former City players and managers on today's issues in our Guest Blog series.
Ahead of City’s league visit to Cardiff, former Blues captain Andy Morrison discusses the merits of the Welsh Premier League, examines a changing role for defenders and looks to the title race….
“I’m now coaching in the Welsh Premier League at Airbus. It’s different to the English Premier League, and although it’s not up to the same standard it makes up for it in other ways. It’s very competitive. There is a great attitude and hunger throughout the whole league, there is a lot of rivalry and every game is a big game. Everyone wants to beat everybody else and I thoroughly enjoy the competitive edge that every game brings.
I definitely enjoy coaching more than the management side of things.
When it comes to developing young players, I think a few of the Welsh clubs are more willing to let the younger lads go out and play because they learn the physical side of the game. Coming from academy football – at the u18s, u19s, and u21s age groups - to going out and playing against fully grown men is a big step. I think the lads get a leg up and come through a bit quicker if they are put into these difficult situations.
Defenders have it a bit tougher now than when I played with the physical side of the game. You can’t leave a mark like you used to be able to because you’ll be sent off and let your team down. So the game has changed in that way but the fundamentals will never change, it’s still about being on the front foot and doing the right things.
Every team needs a leader and to be a captain I don’t think it matters what position you play if you’ve got the right qualities and attributes. It comes in different ways - some people talk and communicate, others lead by example and I think Vincent Kompany does that. I think everybody knows he’s a fantastic leader and the rest of the players look up to him.
City’s results are always the first I look for, together with Plymouth Argyle. I’ve got that many reds around me I need to know how they got on before I get people texting me!
The league is so competitive these days, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool, it’s important to be able to compete.
We have no divine right to win anything, but this year we can look at the squad and say we have a great chance of the league title.”