Manchester was not immune to the bad weather conditions that affected parts of Europe in the last week, which resulted in the postponement of matches for both of Manchester City’s male and female teams. As a result, it meant new Manchester City Women’s interim manager Alan Mahon could not take charge of his first game in charge of the team against West Ham in the Women’s Super League. But the wait should now be over as Bristol City visit the Academy Stadium tonight.
Preparations have continued under the new boss to oversee the remainder of the season as they look to secure a second WSL title and defend their FA Cup. The former Republic of Ireland midfielder has assured that the team will not lose sight of the path of success it was put in under Nick Cushing. This comes at a time many are wondering how the team will fare under his leadership.
The blues won six trophies in the club’s first six seasons in the WSL under Cushing, who left the club at the top of the WSL, before entering Major League Soccer with New York City FC. Mahon served as his assistant in the last five years and has been a big part of the blues success during that time. The interim boss says lessons learned in that period will be utilised to keep the team moving forward and to maintain good results, he promised to keep things simple and maintain the status quo.
“It’s been business as usual,” he stated when interviewed. “Not an awful lot has changed. Personally, I haven’t put myself above anyone else and we’ll just work as a group – the way we always have done – to ensure the players are as ready as they can be.
“I spent five years working with Nick and I learned a lot from him – most importantly, consistency and simplicity. Everyone has applied themselves brilliantly through this period. The players have been very professional and have reacted really well.
“Yes, it’s going to be a change – some players have only ever been coached at senior level by Nick – but these things happen in football and you just have to keep focused and move onto the next stage.
“I’m looking forward to my first teamtalk – hopefully, the girls will understand me with my accent! – but in all seriousness, everything will be simple; exactly the way we’ve always done things.”
Although City have been knocked out of the Champions League and the Continental Cup, the team is still fighting for the remaining two trophies, with the FA Cup and league title still up for grabs. Therefore, it’ll be important to stay focused and deliver good performances to end the campaign with silverware.