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Wolecki Black primed for first full season in charge


Eddie Wolecki Black

Eddie Wolecki Black joined Celtic back in the summer of 2018, but in the advent of the new season and the wake of his first pre-season with the side, the Manager is ready to really make his mark on the club.

Ahead of the first match of 2019 against Forfar Farmington this weekend, Wolecki Black has reflected on his time so far, pre-season and what to expect from Sunday’s opponents.

The manager led Celtic through the second half of last season, guiding them to third in the Scottish Building Society SWPL1 and it was a period he found beneficial in building his understanding of the workings of the women’s team, and what was required to enhance and move forward.

“It makes it easier, because you get to know the workings of the club and how things are organised and prepared so I can now get my own ideas in there,” he began.

“Having those few months has allowed me to assess the squad, the staff and the setup. I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Apart from a period with Motherwell Ladies last season, his experience of women’s football has been at Glasgow City, who have no male counterparts, making the transition into a club with the size and stature of Celtic a new challenge, but one that has proved a happy one so far.

“It’s been very relaxed. I have to say everybody here is very well supported and whilst its obviously prominently geared towards the men’s side, it is very supportive to the women, they do really care about it,” he said.

Celtic prepare for Farmington on the back of a trip to Germany for a friendly against Turbine Potsdam and to compete in the indoor tournament Turbine Hallencup. The experience was born out of the manager’s influence, with Wolecki Black’s history of taking Glasgow City there worthy of an invitation for Celtic.

“I’ve got a good relationship still with the host team and generally its only Champions League teams who are invited. Obviously, we’re not a Champions League team as yet, but because of my relationship we got an invite, so I was obviously delighted to accept.

“Despite the result in Germany there were moments I was happy with and I could see positive aspects to our performance. I recall taking my Glasgow City side there to play a Champions League tie and we lost 10-0.

“I believe the players have taken a lot from the trip and I for one am in in no doubt that we can take great heart from how well we competed throughout the week. When I look at the friendly, I see the level of football we all aspire to in women’s football.

“This was no average team – with Turbine Potsdam two-time winners of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. As for the indoor tournament, our group consisted of the 2016 winner’s FC Polten, the 2017 and 18 winners Potsdam and lastly the 2019 winners Sparta Prague. To finish behind those three teams in a tournament they have all won is not a failure by any means. On the plus side we were also invited to return next year to compete again with Europe’s elite.”

With pre-season over however, attention has turned to the new League campaign which gets underway against Forfar Farmington on Sunday, a tie Wolecki Black is hoping can kick start the campaign positively.

He said: “Given the run of away fixtures we have after today, it’s great to begin the 2019 campaign with a home tie. I hope it sees us deliver the type of performance we know we are capable of giving.

“Of course, we expect nothing other than a tough opponent and realise it will take a good performance to see off the visitors this weekend.”

Sunday, February 10
Scottish Women's Premier League
K-Park Training Academy, East Kilbride
Celtic v Forfar Farmington
(KO: 2pm)
Adults: £5; Concessions: £3; Under-16s: Free

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