Bristol City first team coach Richard O'Kelly preaches togetherness
New Bristol City first team coach Richard O'Kelly today took up his duties at Ashton Gate and preached a message of togetherness.
Recruited from League One Walsall to assist head coach Sean O'Driscoll, the 56-year-old Midlander had his first look at City's players in training at Failand.
And he emphasised the importance of staff, players and fans all working together in a quest to keep the Robins in the Championship.
He said: "We must install good behaviour, attitudes and habits into the team. They must understand the basics; if we get all of that right we can do what we like from then on.
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"The work is done on the training pitch but we also have video analysis and sport scientists, so we have to bring all the departments together and make sure everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.
"The main challenge is obviously survival but we are concentrating on the next game and ensuring we all know where we are coming from.
"Since I have been here the players have showed a great attitude. There is a willingness to work as well as a togetherness. They don't just walk off the training pitch, they go to the gym or work with a coach to do extra training.
"This place can only go one way with the sort of behaviour the players are showing."
O'Kelly's previous experiences of playing at Ashton Gate for Walsall and his relationship with O'Driscoll, whom he worked under at Bournemouth and Doncaster, persuaded him to jump ship and throw in his lot with the Championship strugglers.
He explained: "It's a fantastic football club and historically have always been the biggest club in the area. Every time I have come to Ashton Gate as a player or coach the fans seem to enjoy their football.
"I have been here before when the fans have applauded the team I've been with; which shows they understand the game."
Of O'Driscoll, he said: "We have known each other for 30 years. When we talk about the game we don't always see eye-to-eye but we certainly have the same beliefs of how things should be done.
"Working together and recruiting the right kind of people both on and off the field is key."