THANKS MIXU; Boss Goes with Best Wishes for a Killie Job Well Done

Daily Mail (London), April 1, 2011 | Go to article overview

THANKS MIXU; Boss Goes with Best Wishes for a Killie Job Well Done


Byline: by BRIAN MARJORIBANKS

EIGHT months were all that were required for Mixu Paatelainen to turn a lukewarm reception at Rugby Park into something approaching legendary status.

The big Finn was far from the popular choice to take over a struggling Kilmarnock side who, under Jimmy Calderwood, had escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth.

After all, he had been sacked by Hibs the year before when Easter Road fans -- who had once worshipped him as a robust centre-forward -- came to loathe the style of football played under his stewardship. Some perceived it to be no more than 'hoofball'.

Add to that the paucity of playing resources at Killie, the lack of finance available to the debt-ridden club and the general air of dismay which met Paatelainen's appointment -- and the harbingers of doom were identifying Killie as stick-ons to go down.

But he duly surprised everyone by shaping a genuinely thrilling and successful team out of loan gems like former Serie A playmaker Alexei Eremenko and Chelsea full-back Ben Gordon. Not only that, he personally transformed shotshy striker Conor Sammon into a [pounds sterling]1million goal machine and turned captain Craig Bryson from a gifted, if erratic, midfielder into a full Scotland international.

Paatelainen not only revived a football club but his own reputation.

Success breeds success, however, and the proud Finn could not resist the call of his country. Last night, as he departed Rugby Park for the final time, the miracle man was paid a glowing tribute by chairman Michael Johnston.

'Seldom can a manager have achieved legendary status in eight months, but the fans' slogan "In Mixu we trust" says it all,' said Johnston.

'Mixu's short reign at Kilmarnock has witnessed a dramatic improvement in the club's fortunes in the SPL.

'Several club records have been broken, including the longest scoring run in a league campaign. Our travelling support has been treated to a feast of attacking football which has yielded more goals than any other club away from home, bar one (Rangers).

'None of this has been achieved by luck. Mixu's tireless work ethic, tactical awareness and depth of knowledge, underscored by a professional approach to all aspects of his work, have delivered his recent success. At no time has the club's financial position been an issue with Mixu, either in the context of his personal terms or the budget available for players.

'Indeed, he has shown that, by the application of advanced sports science and astute tactics, it was possible to get improved performances from players who have been at the club for several seasons.

'Many of Mixu's successes this season have been achieved with nine of the starting XI coming from last season's squad. Carefully negotiated loan signings and the acquisition of an eclectic group of free transfers from around Europe have further strengthened the squad.

'Mixu leaves with the club's first-team squad in good health, in all respects. We wish him every success in his new role as national team manager of Finland. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

THANKS MIXU; Boss Goes with Best Wishes for a Killie Job Well Done
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.