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  • Chris Davies is ready for Celtic role

    Chris Davies is ready for Celtic role

    By: Martin Dalziel on 03 Jun, 2016 13:27

  • CALM and collected is how new Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies described his relationship with Brendan Rodgers, but the former Liverpool coach insists he's not here to simply take a back seat.

    The ex-Reading first-team coach has a long-standing working history with the new Celtic boss and he explained today (Friday) that their methodical and open approach to management will keep the Hoops ship sailing on calm waters while also creating an environment where fresh ideas can flourish as a new era gets underway at Paradise.

    “I think everything’s calm,” Davies explained. “Brendan creates that environment - you’ll see that in his time here. He is a very calm person and that is why I think he’s able to take on a job like this because one thing I’ve noticed is his temperament is phenomenal.

    “Everything is calm; it’s all about the process for us. We know that this is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We know that we need to win every game.

    "We know the expectancy here but all we can do is focus on the process - preparing the team, helping the players, making sure that the training method is right, that the game-plan is right, analysing opposition, reflecting on the game and analysing how we perform, and we can just carry that process through each week.

    “Over the last few years that’s been 50 to 60 games a season and that’s what we do. We do it every time and everything is in a processed way. We are all passionate and Brendan is extremely passionate about football and particularly this job.

    “We are going to be right on it and I’m sure we’ll be having plenty of debates about team selection and things like that.”

    Davies was Brendan Rodgers’ first appointment as Celtic boss and the former Liverpool and Swansea coach joins the champions having fostered a fruitful working relationship with the new Hoops manager over a period of 15 years.

    Their time together started at Reading where the new Celtic manager was in charge of the youth team and Davies was his captain, and they have since worked together at a number of other clubs in England.

    Davies also honed his skills in sports science academically with a degree from Loughborough University and a period of work in New Zealand alongside former Hoops keeper Jonathan Gould, and he is eager to get to work in his new position at Celtic.

    “Straight away you notice the size of Celtic, you know from the outside how big it is,” he said. “Especially at the unveiling here a couple of weeks ago, it was sensational.

    “It’s a great honour to be here and to just be up here to experience a bit more of Glasgow. It’s a really good feeling.

    I’ve worked with Brendan for a long time. I initially played for Brendan and then went on to coach with him and work in different capacities.

    “I think we, as a staff, bring a lot of experience to the top level of the game. We’ve got a very clear way in how we want to play and we’ll implement that at this club as well.

    “Personally I have a really big interest in the tactical side of the game and looking at the strategy of the game is something I really enjoy. Working with players on the field, communicating with players and trying to help them improve as a team and as individuals is where my strength lies.”

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