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Kennedy sings Poole’s praises

18 November 2022

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Mark Kennedy is delighted for Regan Poole who is set to make 100 City appearances if he features on Saturday.

The Imps' head coach believes the club are privileged to have the versatile defender within their ranks and is proud of the potential landmark Poole is set to make. 

Kennedy said: “It is a phenomenal achievement, and one we have seen TJ Eyoma reach that recently too. The lads should be very proud of themselves.  

“I keep saying we have got the youngest squad in the league, and within that we look at Regan as one of our leaders, yet he is only 24. For him to get to that level already means he deserves a huge amount of credit and all the plaudits which are coming his way. 

“He is a high-end guy in terms of his characteristics as a person, and is somebody we are privileged to have at our club.” 

Poole makes up part of the Welsh contingent in the City dressing room, and with the World Cup on the horizon, Kennedy says he is more intrigued by learning from the best coaches in the world rather than being drawn into rivalries. 

He added: “Once I started coaching, I really watched matches for the tactical side of the game to look at the various formations and trends. I think the World Cup will be really good for that because big tournaments tend to show off different ideas. 

“You are watching the best coaches and players in the highest level of football you can get. Obviously there will be some amazing players who haven’t made the competition through injury or qualification, but on the whole, we’ll get to see the best of the best playing against each other from a technical, tactical and mental point of view.” 

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