Date: Wed 03 Aug 2016

Andy Legg Delighted to lead WPL’s ‘Biggest Club’

A gleeful Andy Legg addressed the media for the first time since being confirmed as Bangor City’s new manager on the first of August, with his words sure to act as music to the ears of Citizens fans.

Passion, belief, competing and battling – all terms that featured prominently in a brief press conference where Legg addressed the media ahead of City’s friendly against Porthmadog, with his first answer demonstrating his feelings for the club perfectly:

‘One reason, and one reason only – it is probably the biggest club in The Welsh Premier League. When I was in Llanelli, no matter what I did – whether we were in Europe or not – we couldn’t break that crowd barrier, but here there is massive potential ... they get really good crowds.

‘That was the first attraction, but also the passion the fans have got, I want them to show that behind me this time – not against me for a change!’

Battling Bangor

Legg’s previous club Llanelli had many memorable encounters with Neville Powell’s Bangor City side, including the 2011 Welsh Cup Final, where Legg’s Llanelli beat Powell’s Bangor 4-1.

The former Wales international wants to bring that battling spirit back to Bangor and have the side that won the 2010/11 Welsh Premier League title back in the top half of the table competing for silverware on a regular basis:

‘I used to love coming here, I used to look forward to the battle because that’s what you’re in football for, to play good games, strong games and physical games. We need to bring that back here to Bangor.

‘We need to be competing, we need to be at the top and that’s our aim. Initially it will be tough, because I’ve just come in and I don’t think they’ve had a good season, the players, so it is going to take time to put a side together.

‘From what I’ve seen, I like the look of a couple of the players already here – if we can add to that of course and get our way across, the way we want to play, to play good football and play attractive football as well to go and win and dominate games.’

With their first five games of the new campaign being at home – although four of them are against teams who finished above Bangor last term – Legg has a good opportunity to show fans of the Citizens just what his philosophy is all about, opening their 2016/17 campaign against Cefn Druids:

‘The first game is massive for us because Druids have just come up, they’re going to be right at it, so it is up to us to make sure they don’t come up and enjoy it.

‘Hopefully we can get a win, but the other three games are going to very physical, very strong, so we’ve just to make sure we match that, be fully committed and we’ve got to be strong and organised – that’s our main aim, to organise the team, get what we want out of them, then go from there.’

Targeting the Top

Having finished 9th and 10th in the last two Welsh Premier League seasons, those within the club would be first to admit that results need to improve under the new regime to see ‘probably the biggest club in The Welsh Premier League’ as Legg put it, contesting with the league leaders again.

Setting clear targets early-on is key to any team’s success, and Legg feels City’s target is obvious:

‘Anybody’s target has to be top 6 – this year I would be happy with that, but next year I want to be competing for the league, I want to be challenging the TNS’ and Connah’s Quay’s of this world for first and second.

‘I don’t like losing, I’m a sore loser as you well know, I do throw my toys out of the pram now and then … but I want my players to show the same reaction, I want them to disappointed when they lose because they shouldn’t enjoy losing.’

Express Yourself

Although The New Saints’ grip on the league title hasn’t really loosened in Legg’s four-year absence from the Welsh Premier League dugout, the rest of the landscape of Wales’ top flight has undergone quite drastic change.

Nonetheless, Legg joined the ever-growing list of people who believe the league is tightening up, and the standard of football is improving every year:

‘The likes of Connah’s Quay have got a long stronger – they were always down the bottom of the league when I faced them, but now they’re fighting for the title.

‘I think they’re going to be pushing TNS all the way this year, they’re my second favourite team for the league this year – they’re going to be big, strong and very hard to beat.

‘I think a lot of teams have improved, the league has got tighter … a lot of 3G pitches being installed and I think that has probably levelled the playing field.’

That being said, there is clear belief within the new regime at Bangor City that The Citizens can play their way into that group of clubs that are regularly mixing it nowadays in the top half of the table:

‘The potential here is massive, I know what it is like to play against Bangor and that’s what brought me back here. I want that passion back and I want the players to believe in what they’re doing.

‘I want them to go out and express themselves and play. If they don’t enjoy playing out there then they’re not going to enjoy playing anywhere, so hopefully we can get everything going right from the off, but if not then we’ll get it right in the end.’

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