Hyypia will bring the best out of Albion's players

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia

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Sami Hyypia was today backed to bring the best out of Albion's players - by the man who first signed him as a professional.

The former Liverpool defender is preparing for his first pre-season in charge after signing a three-year deal.

He will meet his squad at their new training ground later this month and The Argus have been told he will make a big impression.

Former Motherwell and FC Haka boss Harri Kampman signed Hyypia on his first pro deal at Finnish minnows MyPa and still keeps in close touch.

He said: “Sami knows how to talk to players.

“We had a long talk about football when I saw him last season and he has respect for players' views.

“He is willing to discuss things with them.

“He is the sort of coach who sees a player as a person.

“He can help them help themselves.”

Hyypia is putting together his off-field staff to work with first team coach Nathan Jones.

Jan-Moritz Lichte, who assisted the Finn at Leverkusen until both were sacked last season, could be a contender.

The quietly-spoken Lichte is highly qualified as a coach. Goalkeeping coach Ruben Martinez and fitness specialist Juan Torrijo both left the Amex last week.

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8:40am Mon 9 Jun 14

Clean Sheet says...

Yes, there will be the inevitable back room changes with the new manager. There will be really important to our ongoing development.
Yes, there will be the inevitable back room changes with the new manager. There will be really important to our ongoing development. Clean Sheet
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2:41pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Oscar's Chin says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Yes, there will be the inevitable back room changes with the new manager. There will be really important to our ongoing development.
I agree, Clean Sheet. I also like the sound of this Lichte chap. German (presumably), high coaching credentials and we can make painfully bad puns about him registering on the Lichte Scale! Back of the net. Get 'im in!
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Yes, there will be the inevitable back room changes with the new manager. There will be really important to our ongoing development.[/p][/quote]I agree, Clean Sheet. I also like the sound of this Lichte chap. German (presumably), high coaching credentials and we can make painfully bad puns about him registering on the Lichte Scale! Back of the net. Get 'im in! Oscar's Chin
  • Score: 1

3:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

Oscar's Chin wrote:
Clean Sheet wrote:
Yes, there will be the inevitable back room changes with the new manager. There will be really important to our ongoing development.
I agree, Clean Sheet. I also like the sound of this Lichte chap. German (presumably), high coaching credentials and we can make painfully bad puns about him registering on the Lichte Scale! Back of the net. Get 'im in!
Hyypia gets rolled out to the press later this week but we will also, at some point in the near future, have the grand opening of our new facility, a time when we will hear of who the sponsor is. I am wondeing if we will also hear that a new supremo over this facility has been appointed, and if so, who that might be.
[quote][p][bold]Oscar's Chin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Yes, there will be the inevitable back room changes with the new manager. There will be really important to our ongoing development.[/p][/quote]I agree, Clean Sheet. I also like the sound of this Lichte chap. German (presumably), high coaching credentials and we can make painfully bad puns about him registering on the Lichte Scale! Back of the net. Get 'im in![/p][/quote]Hyypia gets rolled out to the press later this week but we will also, at some point in the near future, have the grand opening of our new facility, a time when we will hear of who the sponsor is. I am wondeing if we will also hear that a new supremo over this facility has been appointed, and if so, who that might be. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

3:26pm Mon 9 Jun 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him.

Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel.

Where will this leave Jones ?
SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him. Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel. Where will this leave Jones ? don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: -1

3:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

don't wanna do it like that wrote:
SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him.

Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel.

Where will this leave Jones ?
it leaves Jones in his new role as head coach, third in the management pecking order after Sami installs his own assistant manager.
[quote][p][bold]don't wanna do it like that[/bold] wrote: SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him. Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel. Where will this leave Jones ?[/p][/quote]it leaves Jones in his new role as head coach, third in the management pecking order after Sami installs his own assistant manager. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 6

3:55pm Mon 9 Jun 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
don't wanna do it like that wrote:
SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him.

Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel.

Where will this leave Jones ?
it leaves Jones in his new role as head coach, third in the management pecking order after Sami installs his own assistant manager.
You know something more Vegas,head coach is quite high in the pecking order.If he stays see him more going to coach the development squad.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]don't wanna do it like that[/bold] wrote: SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him. Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel. Where will this leave Jones ?[/p][/quote]it leaves Jones in his new role as head coach, third in the management pecking order after Sami installs his own assistant manager.[/p][/quote]You know something more Vegas,head coach is quite high in the pecking order.If he stays see him more going to coach the development squad. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

The thumbs up/down lads have not found this article yet,shame you cannot put smileys on.
The thumbs up/down lads have not found this article yet,shame you cannot put smileys on. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: -3

4:09pm Mon 9 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

don't wanna do it like that wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
don't wanna do it like that wrote:
SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him.

Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel.

Where will this leave Jones ?
it leaves Jones in his new role as head coach, third in the management pecking order after Sami installs his own assistant manager.
You know something more Vegas,head coach is quite high in the pecking order.If he stays see him more going to coach the development squad.
well most clubs, if not all, have a head coach along with a manager and an assistant manager, so yeah third in the pecking order is quite high. Could he go to the youth training program, yep I could see that happening but as head coach, that rle might fall under his wing anyway. My guess would be that a new facility manager will be appointed and as head coach Jones would work between the two entities, the first team squad and the DS/youth setup.
Managers come and go, as we are well aware, but who ever is chosen to run the new facility, if such a role is created, will need to be a long term appointment, someone who would stay even if a manager were to leave. Bringing on young talent can take years and I would guess that we would want continuity.
[quote][p][bold]don't wanna do it like that[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]don't wanna do it like that[/bold] wrote: SH is not a virgin in coaching(manager) has had assistants in Germany,does he want these lads here with him. Gus took his lads to Sunderland and OG took his back to Israel. Where will this leave Jones ?[/p][/quote]it leaves Jones in his new role as head coach, third in the management pecking order after Sami installs his own assistant manager.[/p][/quote]You know something more Vegas,head coach is quite high in the pecking order.If he stays see him more going to coach the development squad.[/p][/quote]well most clubs, if not all, have a head coach along with a manager and an assistant manager, so yeah third in the pecking order is quite high. Could he go to the youth training program, yep I could see that happening but as head coach, that rle might fall under his wing anyway. My guess would be that a new facility manager will be appointed and as head coach Jones would work between the two entities, the first team squad and the DS/youth setup. Managers come and go, as we are well aware, but who ever is chosen to run the new facility, if such a role is created, will need to be a long term appointment, someone who would stay even if a manager were to leave. Bringing on young talent can take years and I would guess that we would want continuity. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

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