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Gallen's "Fantastic Challenge"


11:42 1st July 2013

Assistant Head Coach delighted to join

New Assistant Head Coach Joe Gallen got straight to work at the Compton training ground today and highlighted the “fantastic challenge” of joining Wolves.

Gallen has arrived as number two to Head Coach Kenny Jackett, re-igniting the successful partnership forged at Millwall in which the duo masterminded promotion from League One and consolidation in the Championship.

And the new coach, with a fine reputation for his work with young players during a 15-year coaching career to date, can’t wait to get started.

“I’m proud to be working at a club like Wolves,” Gallen told ‘Wolves Player’.

“What I see about Wolves is that when you step into the training ground you can see what the club is about.

“You can see where the club is going with the Category One status which is of huge benefit in producing your own players.

“There is a terrific sports science department and the structures are all in place.

“There are already some good players in the building and I am sure Kenny is going to try his best to add to that.

“That is all in place and I feel now there is only one way for Wolves now and that is upwards.”

Gallen has enjoyed serving as Jackett’s assistant during their time together at Millwall, having also worked at Queens Park Rangers with the new Head Coach, a time when Gallen worked his way up from the Under-9s.

And he believes Wolves have got the perfect man to try and revive their fortunes.

“Obviously I worked with Ken at Millwall and we had some successes there, including promotion from League One, which is the aim at this club too,” Gallen added.

“And I think everyone is going to find out how good Ken actually is – if they don’t know already.

“In terms of managing players he is very clear with his communication and very direct in his approach with the clarity of his talking.

“And when you get out on the training field you can see the experience that he is and he is an outstanding coach.

“His background is in youth development from when he was bringing players through at Watford.

“He has worked at all levels from the Premier League down to League Two so what Wolves have here is a very experienced Head Coach.”

An experienced assistant too, given Gallen’s coaching acumen at all levels forged at QPR and Millwall over the last 15 years.

He is keen to get involved as quickly as possible as pre-season training gathers pace.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the players and the opportunities to take training because that is what I really enjoy,” he says.

“I want to be out there with the players and am at my best out on the training ground.

“That will be the case over the next few weeks.

“This is a fantastic challenge for me and one for all of us which I think is achievable in terms of producing a fantastic team.

“It is all to do  because talk is cheap – we have to go and do it.”

PICTURE: Fields of gold!  Joe is pictured with Kenny as they headed off to the players' early morning run today.

The full interview with Joe will be available on Wolves Player later today.  

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