His relationship with the rest of the technical team has been very vital to the club’s impressive start to the season. They have freed the players from the burden of pressure and expectation, focusing on what can be controlled and ignoring what can’t. The entire squad believes it can and will beat any opponent. The fearlessness that has been a feature of their play is no coincidence. Their opponents are finding it very difficult to cope with their counter-attacking football coupled with a relentless and devastating pressing game.
Kenny’s players practice the “five second rule”, in which the team press their opponents immediately on losing possession for five seconds, before easing back. They then wait for precise triggers to press again. If a pass pounces off a foot, or an attacker needs to look down at the ball- as soon as their opponents’ options are limited, Hearts pounce. Possession is no longer the be all and end all.
Hearts are arguably at their most dangerous when they don’t have the ball. Kenny’s experience as a youth coach remains crucial to the work he does on the training field, where he spends time coaching his players individually to make them technically better footballers. Isaac Mensah,Eric Kumi, Owusu Bempah, Rubin Gnagne Sarbahn Laryea to name but a few have all improved- and there is a daily commitment to coaching the best out of individuals, plus the squad as a collective.
It remains to be seen if King Kenny can write himself into Hearts’ folklore with his ‘sushi taka’ by eclipsing the good works of Sir. Cecil Jones Attuquayefio who will forever remain in the good books of the club- winning 5 league titles, 1 CAF Champions’ League title, 1 CAF Confederation title and 1 CAF Super Cup title.
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