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Lennon Wants To Play The Beautiful Game
Published : 16 Sep 2011 17:53:00
Ambitious manager Danny Ledrnnon is looking forward to the challenge of taking on continental coach Paulo Sergio St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is a believer in the beautiful game and fully expects his side to provide their share of attacking football tomorrow at Tynecastle against Hearts. The sides sit next to each other in the top half of the table on nine points after changes on and off the park in recent months. Lennon and new assistant Tommy Craig have quickly turned the Buddies into an impressive passing team and new Hearts manager Paulo Sergio vowed to introduce a more continental approach to the Edinburgh club's tactics after replacing Jim Jefferies. Lennon said: "I'm looking forward to playing Hearts in their new style of football. I've seen them a few times since Paulo has taken over and he is trying to get the ball down and put his own stamp on it. I'm hoping that it's an open game of football and both teams try and play the game in a beautiful way and hopefully give 13-14,000 fans value for money. Hearts showed last season what they are capable of, finishing third. Jim Jefferies strengthened well throughout the summer and I expect them to be up there again. They are good players and whatever type of manager comes in and whatever his philosophy is, it's easier for good players to adapt to either. We had the pleasure of five or six weeks in pre-season, Sergio has not had that." Despite the transition, both teams have been picking up points, although St Mirren's latest proved a disappointment after they struggled to break down St Johnstone in a goalless home draw. Lennon said: "All that was missing from our game was our end product, but I know it's coming. I work with these players on a daily basis and they are very professional, they are playing the game in a lovely manner. We have not fulfilled our true potential but I certainly believe that every week we are getting a step closer to it. As I said to the players in a text after the game last Saturday, 'Rome wasn't built in a day, but it was built'. I could see they were all down, but that's the great expectations on us. But we also have to take note of where we've come from and not get ahead of ourselves. We'll not bend, we'll not break, we will continue to play. We have shown the respect to fans who pay the money and the ones who pay the TV money. They are there to be entertained and that's certainly something that's very important to us."