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Eike Alanne faces the press for the first time as the first team coach of Brook Street Athletic Football Club.

Eike Alanne faces the press for the first time as the first team coach of Brook Street Athletic F.C.

Media Manager, Kyle Fair has introduced Eike Alanne as Brook Street Athletic’s new first team coach at a packed press conference this morning.

While initially looking somewhat uncomfortable in his new surroundings, Eike quickly got into his stride and made a very good impression amongst the assembled media.

Asked if he was surprised to be appointed as new coach he said, “I don’t think you could possibly be as surprised as I am! It was a real bolt from the blue and the job is a big challenge, but one I am looking forward to”.

He continued, “I know what is expected of me, and I know how to achieve our goal. Now it’s up to me to put this into practice”.

Is ‘the goal’ promotion this season?

“No, and I can say that categorically. We are now working to a long-term plan. Yes, promotion is the ultimate goal, but we’re going to do this right and build a side capable of surviving in Division III, and even promoting into Division II. This is no overnight fix. We are building for the future, so if we don’t go up; we don’t go up”.

Given the departures would he be making any signings?

“Yes I’ll be bringing players in, but these will be players to develop. Some will stay with us, but some may be sold on. There will be no marquee signings if that’s what you mean”.

What kind of Brook Street Athletic are the fans going to see this season?

“The club are in transition at this point, so hopefully they’ll see entertaining football. However, in that transitional phase results are going to be erratic, so I would ask that the fans give us their usual fantastic backing, but please be patient”.

Will any other players be leaving?

“Yes, there will be more leaving as these transfers are already ongoing, but we have cut the wage bill significantly as was intended and moved older players on, so after these, I do not see there being any more.”

What will your signing policy be?

“I want to bring in good quality Scottish youngsters from our own Academy or from outwith the club. Our aim is to bring through as much local talent as possible. In the past, too many of them have been sold on at a loss, and that is going to stop. The first team will be working closer with the Academy than ever before, and will be taking a far more prominent role is supplying good quality players for the senior team.”

At this point Kyle Fair added, “Can I just add, that until now the Academy has almost acted independently from the senior squad, but that from now on the two will now operate far more closely; as one unit if you like. I must also say at this point that both Leoš Loos and Jeff Duilach have done the groundwork to make this transition as smooth as possible, despite knowing that they would both be leaving. I feel this must be put on record and is testimony to the character of these two fine coaches.”

Would this see more youngsters being given their chance in the senior squad?

“That’s the aim, yes. We’re looking to be more self-sufficient for players from now on. That way, we can build the club. ”

How long will all this take to build a side capable of reaching the Premiership?

“I’m not putting any timescale on this. It will take as long as it takes. We’re in this for the long-haul. Let’s just focus on putting down some firm foundations first”.

Speaking to ‘This Is Brook Street’ afterwards, Eike said, “It was strange being in front of everyone. Normally I’m used to radio reporters grabbing me as I come off the pitch, but to have ranks of photographers and reporters firing questions at me was a bit weird. I’ll get used to it I suppose”.

Asked about how he found out he was in line for the job he replied, “It really was a bolt from the blue. The gaffer was still in post, so it didn’t seem right, but I found out that it was him who had suggested I was the right man to take the club forward, and for that I will always be grateful”.

He continued, “Leoš was a fantastic coach to work under and a prolific goalscorer, and I’ve no doubt he’ll be back in football very soon”.

Looking forward he said, “The board have been working towards having a more streamlined organisation, and our relegation last season has speeded it up. I think the side would probably have been broken up anyway regardless of how last season went as we now look to build for the long-term”.

He concluded by saying, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my playing career at the club, and while I’m not preparing to hang up my boots any time soon, I hope to have a successful coaching career too”.

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Following the reserves’ convincing friendly win over Iranian side A.C. Milan 2009 on Christmas Eve, Brook Street Athletic are delighted to announce that FC Zaporozhets from Ukraine have accepted our invitation, and will visit New Home Park for a friendly match on Hogmanay.

The Ukrainians visit will also see the completion of our “Home” flag collection, leaving only a trip to Vietnam the following week to complete our “Away” set.

“Achieving our final home flag is a great achievement, but it will be tinged with a hint of sadness”, admitted Kyle Fair at the announcement. “It’s been a long time since we played our first ever international friendly at New Home Park, but Wednesday’s match will mark the end of an era”, he added.

In what was to be his final appearance for the club, Eyüphan Toga slams the ball home to double our lead against Vines Cross yesterday.

In what was to be his final appearance for the club, Eyüphan Toga slams the ball home to double our lead against Vines Cross yesterday.

In a surprise move this lunchtime, Brook Street parted company with striker Eyüphan Toga in a deal which saw the club’s top earner move to Bosnian side Tops & Nai.

Reporting the sale, Kyle Fair said, “We will no doubt receive criticism for selling what many fans will see as our ‘best player’, but when faced with a very high wage bill and a depreciating asset, we had to weigh up the pros and cons and it made the most sense to get the best return we could”.

He continued, “It will free up a sizeable sum from the weekly wage bill which can be used for building the team, whilst giving our young players the chance to break through into the first team”.

Echoing the sentiment, Marcus Lövman said, “Eyüphan has been a tremendous player for us, but it was clear his future lay away from here. We’d been in discussions for some time as it’s important to move our older players on at a time when our younger players are coming through. Freeing up a large proportion of our weekly wage bill will allow us to strengthen in other areas of the team too so the move made sense”.

He concluded, “Eyüphan leaves with our very best wishes and thanks”.

During his spell at the club, Eyüphan made 45 appearances in total, scoring a remarkable 27 goals in the process.

Sam Ferretto hit a brace in our friendly tonight, but it wasn’t enough to prevent home side Águias da Caneira running out 3-2 winners in Luanda.

“We didn’t play too badly, although they put us under a lot of pressure, so there were a lot of positives to come out of this match”, said Marcus afterwards.

He continued, “Sam took his goals very well, and I think we’ve uncovered another gem. We won’t rush him though, but it looks like our front line may well comprise home-grown players in the years to come, which is fantastic for the club”.

987650Meanwhile, back at New Home Park it was announced this evening that Barbados Second Division side Farolillo Bajan will visit NHP on Saturday for the final friendly of the season. Kick-off is at 16:40 GMT.

“We’re thrilled to get this game fixed up”, said Kyle Fair, “and special thanks go to their manager LA-elfarolillo for agreeing to the match.

Having completed a very successful season of ‘flaghunting’, next season will see the completion of both the home and away sets with home games against Iranian and Ukrainian opposition, and a trip to Vietnam.

“We’ve left ourselves with a straightforward task for next season, which we should manage to complete with the minimum of problems”, claimed Kyle.

Sam Ferretto breaks clear during the match with Melmac Rangers in Cuba.

Sam Ferretto breaks clear during the match with Melmac Rangers in Cuba.

An extra-time Sam Ferretto goal saw the reserves run out 3-2 winners against Melmac Rangers in Cuba last night. Emanuel Bohucký had opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute but just a quarter of an hour later the game had turned on it’s head as first Jhonathan Noriega then Rubén Izaguirre netted to send the home side into the break 2-1 in front.

Rangers tried to press home their advantage, but Jim Barnstaple in the Brook Street goal refused to yield and pulled off a string of outstanding saves to keep them in the game.

As is so often the case however, failure to convert their chances came back to haunt Rangers and in the seventy-third minute Muhammad Noorani cracked home a fantastic cross-field pass to tie the game.

With no further scoring in regulation time, the match entered extra-time and it was then that Brook Street assumed complete control.

Phil Mullally had done all the hard stuff in the ninety-fourth minute, but managed to scuff his shot past the post with the goal at his mercy, much to his disgust.

But with just eight minutes to go, Sam Ferretto managed to get away from his marker and slammed Brad Flint’s cross from the left into the net to put Brook Street decisively back in front.

Indeed, the visitors could have had another goal a minute later from the penalty spot after a defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. However, the normally calm Emanuel Bohucký blasted the ball well wide.

“It was a really entertaining game for the neutrals that raced from end to end”, said Marcus at full-time. “We’re pleased with the result naturally, but I think we need to practice our shooting a bit more!” he added.

The coach singled out keeper Jim Barnstaple for praise saying, “Jim was outstanding there tonight. He refused to be beaten at a time that could have been decisive for Rangers had they scored”.

He also commented on Brad Flint’s crossing saying, “He set up two goals tonight with two outstanding crosses. It’s easy to forget he’s only seventeen”.

While the side were heading for home, next week’s midweek friendly opponents were announced this morning, and it will see Brook Street make their penultimate road trip to a new country, this time to Luanda, Angola to face Segundona side Águias da Caneira.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have fixed up both our weekend fixture here against Armageddon999 and next week’s trip to Angola so easily”, admitted Kyle Fair at the morning press briefing.

“We’ll only have a trip to Vietnam left to do, but we’re not certain that we’ll complete it this close season, especially if we can entice a Bajan side to come here”. He continued, “It’s a very nice predicament to be in”.

As the reserves head home from Bangladesh, the club are delighted to announce this evening that next week will see them on the road again, this time to Cuba to face Melmac Rangers.

“We’re thrilled to have finally managed to arrange a match in Cuba”, said Kyle Fair this evening. “We’ve tried for a long time, and we were beginning to think we were going to struggle as time went on”.

The match will leave the side with trips to Angola and Vietnam to complete the full set of 128 away ‘flags’ in the Hattrick world, a task that Kyle is hopeful of completing this season.

“If we can avoid the play-offs, we’ve got four friendlies left, so we could in theory finish off the away flags and polish off two of our remaining four ones, so it’s win/win for us at the moment”.

The match in Cuba takes place next Wednesday, kicking off at 17:15 local time (22:15 GMT) at the 60,000 Melmac Rangers Arena on Isla de la Juventud.

Brook Street are delighted to announce the confirmation of next week’s international friendly match, a trip to Bangladesh to face Armageddon999.

“We’ve been trying to fix up a game against Bangladeshi opposition for quite some time without success, so to finally get the tie sorted out came as a real bolt from the blue”, admitted Media Manager Kyle Fair at this morning’s press conference.

“We’ve not got many countries left to play in, so we’ve been very fortunate with our friendlies this season”, he added. “Bangladesh is the last country we’ve got to play a team from, so Wednesday’s match will mark a significant landmark for the club”.

The match itself kicks of at 1130 BMT (0530 GMT) on Wednesday morning at Armageddon999 Arena in Dhaka.

The club are delighted to announce that next week the reserves will play Vietnamese Hattrick League IV.40 leaders Arsenal tuan ahn at New Home Park.

“We sent them an invite to play here, and we’re very pleased to say they accepted”, said Kyle Fair this morning. “The match will be played next Wednesday with a 10:30 kick-off”, he added.

Kyle also had some good news regarding Garabed Palasyan’s injury. “It’s not as bad as we first feared, and it only looks like he’ll be out fro a fortnight”.

The club are delighted to announce that the reserves will be travelling back to North Africa next week, this time to Tunisia to face Ligue IV leaders, Boca Junyors.

“We’ve been trying to fix up a game in Tunisia for a while after our last one fell through”, said Kyle Fair this evening, “so it’s good to finally get it arranged”.

He added, Boca are on a tremendous unbeaten run, so they’re certain to pose a stern test for our players”.

The match is scheduled for next Wednesday, 15 October with kick-off at 15:45 local time.

heeraegyAs the squad prepare for tomorrow morning’s friendly against Ugandans Lil Endevourers, the club is delighted to announce that Korean IV League side heeraegy have accepted our invitation and will visit New Home Park on Saturday for our first weekend friendly match.

“We sent out a lot of invitations yesterday, and to be honest we’re surprised to have got the match fixed up so easily”, admitted Kyle Fair. “We weren’t sure how things would pan out, but when we got confirmation this morning, all our worries were unfounded”.

Hailing from Busan, heeraegy were formed less than a month ago, but despite this managed to finish the season in third place in their league, just six points behind the champions.

“These extra matches over the next two weekends will give us the opportunity to try out new formations and line-ups”, said Marcus after training. “We’ll use these games to run through ideas we’ve got, ahead of the start of the new season”.

The match on Saturday kicks-off at 16:30 BST, while fans are reminded that tomorrows match with Lil Endevourers starts at 10:30 BST.

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