Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Lisburn Distillery manager McCann promises different approach

Lisburn Distillery boss Tim McCann has admitted he would take a different approach to life in the Premiership next season should his side win their survival battle.

The bottom two sides meet at Ballyskeagh this afternoon and there are sure to be quite a few butterflies in stomachs when Donegal Celtic take on the Whites.

The last time the two sides met, DC were punished for fielding the ineligible Sean Cleary and the subsequent points deduction has made the relegation battle much more intense.

McCann's men find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table but a home win today would catapult them over the west-Belfast side.

And the former Cliftonville and Glentoran winger has admitted he's on a steep learning curve in his first year in management.

"When I look back on this season I will admit that I was naive at times in thinking how we should play and what we could achieve in certain games," said McCann. "I was going into my first season as manager and I thought we could have a real go at teams and play good, attacking football.

"I suppose I wanted us to attack teams, but on reflection I was being too ambitious and I would take a very different approach if I could change things going forward. I believe in the players that I have and we have young lads who will improve but I was perhaps wrong to think that we could take teams on all the time.

"It's important now that we stay up and rebuild for the future with the added experience of being through this testing period."

McCann admits that his side's trials and tribulations have left him exhausted at times but he's still got the passion to fight on.

"I'm just very proud of the players," he added. "I ask them to give everything they have and they have been doing that. I can cope with defeat when the players have given their all and went down fighting.

"Of course there are nerves and some will deal with pressure differently but get ready for a few twists and turns to come."