Keith Lasley spoke on Motherwell’s strong start to the season, making changes for the trip to Dumbarton and signing a new deal when he addressed the press on Monday.
Here’s the best quotes from his press conference.
On the start to the season
“It’s been encouraging. Good start. A lot of new faces and a big turnaround in the squad.
“But the guys who have come in have worked hard and blended in with the group we had there already.
“It’s been an encouraging start. We know it’s early days.
“But certainly in terms of players taking on information and getting themselves ready physically for what we know is going to be a tough season ahead. I think it’s been encouraging.
“So, we keep going. Another tough game on Tuesday night at Dumbarton. We keep the process going of getting through this League Cup first and foremost. That’s the main target. Then obviously with a few to starting the league campaign.”
On making changes for the trip to Dumbarton
“We’ve got a competitive squad. A really competitive squad.
“The guys that have not started are really chapping at the door. We put a big emphasis on that here.
“It’s not about the 11. It’s about the guys behind there, driving the guys on lucky enough to get those shirts.
“There will be some changes in the next couple of games. But it won’t be for change’s sake. It will be guys that are deserving of a chance and really pushing to nail down a first team jersey.
“A good indication of that were the substitutes the other night. The subs that came on – Grimmy, Christian and Barry Maguire – came on and you wouldn’t have known there was any change there. If anything, they came on and enhanced the game.
“There’s guys that are ready,It’s testament to how they train, how the group trains as a whole. I think when we are at our best, that is the case at this club.Everybody is pulling together and ready to take their opportunity when they get it.
“So yeah, there will be changes. But it will be done for the right reasons. It’s guys that are really hungry to come in and make an impact.
On signing a new deal
“It’s not a word that you associate with football a lot is it? Stability?
“Delighted to be given the opportunity to be able to continue working alongside the manager. It’s a couple of years now.
“In that time, there’s been a lot of progress made. As always, there’s big squad turnarounds. Every year presents its own challenges. Certainly since I’ve came into the job.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It has been challenging, but certainly the experience of working alongside the manager, who has done a fantastic job, has been great for me.
“I just want to continue learning and I am delighted I have been given the opportunity to do that.”