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💬 "You have a guy here who wants to give everything for the club"

Pauno on what supporters can expect from his side as they prepare for the first fixture of the Championship campaign.

11 September 2020

Tomorrow, Veljko Paunović will take charge of his first game as Royals boss. And the league season begins for Reading at Pride Park - against Derby County.

"We are starting a new prioject together and I just can't wait to get started," Pauno told the media this morning. "I am very excited and I am absolutely ready."

"In me, our fans have a guy here who wants to give everything for the club.

"I am here to help. I am here to give my best. Sometimes that will be enough, sometimes it won't - we won't win every single game. But I will always give my best.

"There are no short cuts to success and we are not looking to take short cuts.

"We will suffer when we have to suffer. We will celebrate when we can celebrate and we will celebrate with our fans as soon as they are back.

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"But we want to give the fans a team they can be proud of, who give their best every game on the field. And that has to start at Derby."

This will be Paunović's first game in England, either as a player or a coach. But he has drawn upon his learnings from a number of managers who have been successful in English football.

"I think it is important to have experience of the country and the league - but experience of this league is not the only important component. 

"I have worked under a number of coaches who have been successful in this country - Claudio Ranieri, Unai Emery, Slaviša Jokanović was my teammate and later my coach. I have learned a lot from them. But experience is only one part. 

"I'm going to learn how things have been done here before I arrived - because I don't think you have to change everything. And there are a lot of positives we can build on.

"But obviously we have to bring some new things, fresh ideas, a new energy - and our aim is to raise the club to the next level.

"We want to give our best, together with my staff and the players. But we also know we have to be careful on how we manage our expectations in the coming weeks and months. 

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"This is a place where we can stamp our identy from the beginning, build and work with a team. But it is the start of a process."

And what can fans expect from the side that travels to Pride Park for the first fixture on Saturday?

"I want us to dominate matches, I want us to have the ball and be in control, have options in attack. I want my team to have ideas, creativity.

"But we are not always going to be in a position to have that - because this is a dynamic game and you might have oppoinents who are reaching a higher level than you for periods in matches.

"And in those moments, we have to be organised on trhe field, we have to know how to behave, we have to play as a team. And never give up."


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