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❕ Pauno: "Commitment is not negotiable"

Royals boss on what he has seen from his squad so far and what he expects from them from day one...

10 September 2020

"I'm very happy with what I see," new manager Veljko Paunović said of his squad's approach to their first week in training under his leadership.

"I see the commitment that we wanted to instil from the very beginning. That commitment is not negotiable.

"We want our players to be enthusiastic, show a good work ethic, but they also have to have talent. And our players have to give their best.

"We are focussing on our style, our defensive and offensive organisation and we have a couple more days to work on the details.

"We don’t have much time before the first game, but that is not an excuse. It is just another motivation to work efficiently and specifically every day before the season starts.

"In this league there is no time, even to recover sometimes. But that is exciting – something I am looking forward to having in my career."

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As part of his first team training group, Pauno has been working with a number of young players so he can take a look at the best talent emerging from our Academy set-up alongside the regular first teamers at the club. 

"This club has an amazing connection to its Academy and we want to continue that and build on that.

"The things that have been done properly in the past we want to appreciate and reinforce. And make sure we do an even better job. And when we have an opportunity to improve things, we will look to do that as well.

"The club and the players are in front of everything. And I am working for them."

Our new manager's playing and coaching experience will first be put to the test on Saturday at Pride Park when the first team take on Derby County in the first league game of the campaign.

"This is just the beginning. It’s a long season. But there is a certain level that must always be reached so we can be competitve day in, day out. And that starts now.

"I have learned a lot from when I have been successful in the past. But I have also learned a lot from when I haven’t been successful, from difficult times," he said.

"Everyone in their career has to learn from the mistakes they have made, and I hope to use those mistakes to help the team and our players to be aware of what to do.

"One thing is guaranteed. I will give my best and I want everyone around me to give their best."

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