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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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Brook Street Athletic have ended a day of drama this evening by parting company with Coach Leoš Loos and Academy Director Jeff Duilach. Earlier, the New Home Park side had seen Lope Cabrio, Paco Palleras and Garabed Palasyan all leave for pastures new.

The club made the announcements in a press release saying, “Following a root and branch review of the running of the club, the board have decided that the time is right to make significant changes in order to move the club forward in the seasons ahead.

It is therefore with great sadness that we announce first team coach Leoš Loos and Academy Director Jeff Duilach are both standing down from their respective positions by mutual consent. We cannot thank both men enough for their years of unwavering service to the club, and we wish them both well. They will always be welcome at New Home Park.

Regarding replacements, negotiations are ongoing but the club hope to make at least one announcement tomorrow”.

The much feared exodus from New Home Park picked up a pace today following confirmation of the club’s relegation and saw recent arrivals Lope Cabrio and Paco Palleras along with long-serving Garabed Palasyan leaving for pastures new.

Lope leaves for Argentina and División IV side Chanseados F.C in a £578,000 deal, £300,000 sees Paco signing for Spanish Liga V side Tohú, and after thirteen seasons at the club we bid farewell to Garabed as he joins Italian Serie V side NAPOLICUORE for just under £270,000.

“I’m sorry to see them all leave, they were excellent players for us”, said Leoš, “but they knew they would have been leaving even if we had stayed up. They at least got the chance to say their farewells to the fans yesterday”.

He continued, “That’s a large amount of money coming into the club as we look to build a new side capable of challenging. It gives us the base to carry out the work required, but it’s too bad that it had to be achieved this way”.

We wish all three players the best of luck at their respective new clubs.

Andrew Cleary fires us back into the lead late in the first half. It was all to prove for nothing...

Andrew Cleary fires us back into the lead late in the first half. It was all to prove for nothing…

Brook Street succumbed to their fate this afternoon, but they went down fighting much to the credit of the players and coaching staff.

Although their task proved too great in the end, their efforts were rewarded by a standing ovation from the Brook Street fans at full-time amid highly emotional scenes.

In the end the result against Padawan had been rendered academic as Hibernian MFC had disposed of Smyllum Rovers, but it didn’t make the defeat in their final game any easier to take according to Leoš Loos.

“Relegation is gut-wrenching regardless of how it occurs, and this one is no different. As a coach I know the implications, not only for myself but also for the players”.

He continued, “Relegation means cost-cutting, and although this side would have probably started to be broken up regardless, the drop down means that this cutting of players is likely to be more extensive”.

He was however uncertain of his own position at this time.

“I can’t say if I will be in charge next season; that’s obviously a decision for the board to make, but regardless of who the coach is, the side is going to be vastly different”.

He continued, “I feel I must take the opportunity to apologise to the fans for our performances this season and also thank them for their unwavering and superb support. I cannot thank them enough”.

“I don’t know if this will be my final press conference, but if it is, I would also like to thank you all for your understanding and say, ‘Brook Street will be back’! Thank you ladies and gentlemen and a Happy New Year to you all”.

And with that he left the press conference.

An early indication of the upheavals facing Brook Street following Saturday’s defeat came this morning with the news that Eliseo Albeiros and Hachem Baddou along with Academy graduate Bailey Buchanan have all left the club.

Confirming the departures, Leoš Loos said, “This is merely the beginning. We have to cut costs, and as a result we have to look to reduce the wage bill”.

He continued, “We also need to reduce the age of the squad and open up spaces to continue the development of players from the Academy”.

Despite scoring four goals in ten competitive games for Brook Street, at 35-years Eliseo Albeiros was the prime candidate for ‘moving on’, and the Spanish winger this morning signed for Bulgarian Fifth League side Zeleniq starshel.

Also leaving are Hachem Baddou who hit two goals in eleven appearances and Bailey Buchanan who leaves straight from the Academy. Hachem has joined French Ligue VII side, The Stormborn, while Bailey remains closer to home, joining Scottish League Division IV side Feast of the Unicorn.

“We’re all sorry to see them leave, but we wish them all the very best of luck with their new sides”, concluded Leoš.

With a stunning volley, Matt Cocker blasts the ball into the St Kilda net to open the scoring.

With a stunning volley, Matt Cocker blasts the ball into the St Kilda net to open the scoring.

Although the gloom descending over New Home Park may take some time to lift following Saturday’s defeat, the reserves did their bit to lift the mood this morning with a 5-1 win over Division IV side FC St Kilda in Monifieth.

Matt Cocker opened the scoring with twelve minutes gone with a breathtaking volley before Liam Christie doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark with his first senior goal.

Sam Ferretto increased the lead to three with a fine solo effort in thirty-six minutes, and Alex Clapperton made it 4-0 three minutes later.

Antonio De Pretto reduced the lead with a well-taken goal for the visitors ten minutes into the second half, however this reprieve was short-lived and Matt Cocker powered in an unstoppable header a minute later to restore the four-goal advantage and make his personal tally two.

Matt could have got his hat-trick later in the half, but his shot hit the post and rebounded to safety.

“It was a very accomplished performance, and I don’t think anyone could deny that we deserved the win”, said Leoš Loos at full-time.

“We scored some breathtaking goals and our passing was first-rate”, he continued. “It’s been a difficult week, and we needed a lift. The players gave us exactly that this morning”.

An added bonus for the coach was that no players picked up any knocks, so he will have a full squad to pick from for Saturday’s make or break match at Padawan United.

Abel Soffia can't believe how the game has panned out at full-time.

Abel Soffia can’t believe how the game has panned out at full-time.

Two goals in sixty seconds have left Brook Street “staring into the abyss”, according to coach Leoš Loos. “Going into the game, we knew exactly what defeat would potentially mean, and that is what we now face”, he added.

When asked at the post-match press conference, what exactly the 3-1 defeat meant, Leoš replied, “I don’t need to tell you that it potentially means relegation. It means we need to win a very tricky tie at Padawan, while we have to rely on Smyllum Rovers FC doing what they haven’t managed to do this season, and win. I think we all know exactly what we are facing”.

If results go to form, it looks set to be a very miserable Christmas for Brook Street, with the likelihood of players leaving in the run-up to the new season, and the coach is under no illusion that his position is almost certainly under threat.

He said, “The bottom line is that the buck stops at my door. I pick the team, and if we do end up being relegated, my position is obviously on the line. Whether I stay or go is entirely up to the board. I want to stay, but that is their decision to make”.

Asked if Brook Street had ‘thrown in the towel’, Leoš countered saying, “Certainly not! We’re not down yet and we know we must win our final game. It’s as simple as that, and that has to be our sole objective. I don’t care if we ‘win ugly’ as long as we win. If we lose this one, regardless of the Hibs result, our stay in this division will be a brief one”.

Phil Mullally completes his first half hat-trick in our 7-2 win over HIFK this morning. He would hit his fourth goal after the break.

Phil Mullally completes his first half hat-trick in our 7-2 win over HIFK this morning. He would hit his fourth goal after the break.

The reserves romped to an impressive 7-2 win over Finnish side HIFK’ 13 at New Home Park this morning with Phil Mullally hitting four of the goals. Sam Ferretto got two goals and Matt Cocker the other as Brook Street threatened to run riot.

The visitors had opened the scoring on the half-hour mark through Roope Moronen, but Sam Ferretto levelled in the thirty-sixth minute. Within sixty seconds, the game was turned on its head when Phil Mullally hit the first of his four goals.

However, in an amazing final minute of the half and stoppage time the teams managed to score a further four goals between them to make it 5-2 at the break. Phil Mullally netted his second goal then Matt Cocker got his counter. Roope Moronen hit his second goal for the visitors to reduce the lead, however Phil struck right back to complete his hattrick.

The second half was understandably something of a let-down following the excitement of the first forty-five minutes, but still yielded two goals in the space of two minutes.

With seventy-six minutes on the clock Phil Mullally fired in his fourth goal of the game before Sam Ferretto wound things up with his second goal of the game.

“It was a very professional performance”, claimed Brook Street coach Leoš Loos afterwards. “It was a strange game too; I’ve never taken part in a game before where so many goals have been scored in such a short time”.

While happy at the performance, Leoš admitted, “The biggest winners were the fans who watched the match!”

Muhammad Noorani fires Brook Street back into the game, but a third Harriers goal two minutes later killed the tie.

Muhammad Noorani fires Brook Street back into the game, but a third Harriers goal two minutes later killed the tie.

Leoš Loos sees this afternoon’s 3-1 defeat by The Harriers as “a missed opportunity” to put some daylight between ourselves and fellow strugglers Hibernian MFC ahead of our clash at New Home Park next weekend.

“We had the chance to potentially increase the gap between us to five points this afternoon, but we blew it”, admitted the coach. “Now we must go into the game with Hibs knowing that anything less than a win will put us in a very dangerous position”.

Although Harriers opened the scoring from a twenty-seventh minute Rogério Pereira strike, they failed to take advantage of the numerous chances they created and with less than ten minutes to go, Brook Street were still in the game.

Then, six minutes from time, when there seemed to be no danger, Leopoldo Correia somehow managed to keep his feet when all around him were slipping and sliding, to roll the ball into the Brook Street net.

This was a huge blow, but the Brook Street players were not giving up, and straight from the restart, Andrew Cleary raced up the park before laying the ball off to Muhammad Noorani who shuffled the ball into the net.

Brook Street were right back in the game and pushing for the equaliser, but disaster was to follow less than two minutes later when that man Correia broke Brook Street’s hearts with his second of the game, tying up the points for the home side.

The defeat leaves Brook Street two points ahead of Hibernian MFC, and with them facing already relegated Smyllum Rovers FC at home on the final day of the season while we face a very tricky visit to Padawan United, anything short of a win next weekend will put our future in this Division, and quite probably the coach’s employment, in serious jeopardy.

“Every one of us knows exactly how important next Saturday’s game is”, said Leoš. “A draw puts us in a difficult position; the consequences of defeat are unthinkable”.

Lachlan MacKinnon blasts home his first senior goal following a mix-up in the visitors' defence.

Lachlan MacKinnon blasts home his first senior goal following a mix-up in the visitors’ defence.

Brook Street’s reserves fought back from being behind twice to defeat Brazilian visitors Bambala F.C 3-2 this morning to record their first win of the season.

Bohumil Winnen stunned the home side with the opener after only two minutes, but with his first ever senior goal, Lachlan MacKinnon levelled in the twenty-third minute.

Bambala hit the front again five minutes from the break through Joãozinho Kühl, but Brook Street struck right back, Matt Cocker being the man on target.

Fraser Carragher rattled the frame of the goal with a peach of a free-kick after sixty-eight minutes, but Brook Street were right on target five minutes later when from a cross from the right wing, Sam Ferretto thundered what was to prove the decisive volley home.

“It was good to record a win”, admitted Leoš Loos who added, “as we’ve been on the wrong end of some heavy defeats in this season’s friendly programme”.

“We rode our luck at times and had Jim Barnstaple not been on his game today, we could have easily lost”. He continued, “That said, we’ve hit the woodwork twice, so I guess it all levels itself out”.

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