With Palace set to announce a new manager this week, fans are keen to discover if Sammy Lee will be staying at the club but if the interview attached below is anything to go by, Head of Performance Ryland Morgans is the man we should be keenest to keep.
As the face of the football club in the second half of last season, it was no surprise to see Allardyce gaining most of the plaudits for the team’s upturn in form after Christmas but in truth, the players’ change in attitude and work-rate was obviously down to Morgans as much as anyone, as the interview above proves.
It’s unusual to gain such a far-reaching insight into the work that is done behind the scenes at any football club, with Morgans speaking at length about training methods, the importance of Sport Science and a wide array of other minor but pivotal tweaks that were made to the squad’s training schedule with the aim of bringing about a tangible improvement in performance.
Whilst we can be pretty sure of the players proposed new boss Frank de Boer is going to like and dislike, his views on the backroom team are far less certain, leaving me and I’m sure plenty of others (once they’ve read the aforementioned interview) desperately hoping that the Dutchman makes an effort to retain the Dr’s services for the 2017/18 campaign.
One thing that was noticeable throughout the interview was Morgans’ use of the past rather than present tense when discussing the work he did at Palace last season, raising questions over whether or not he feels more aligned to Big Sam than the football club with regards to his future employment. Hopefully, I’m reading too make into his choice of words there and de Boer can take measures to bring him back into the fold with pre-season on the horizon.
Our turnaround under Big Sam was fantastic to watch last season and thanks to Ryland, we’ve all been given an invaluable glimpse behind the curtain, allowing us to understand how it all came together so quickly.
You’re sure to enjoy it.