After a long hiatus Mark is back with a new story. Where will it take him?
"I'm very pleased today to announce Mark Duell as the new Wales Under-21 manager.
He's a terrific young coach who is doing remarkable things in Scotland with Edinburgh City, and I hope he brings his quality to the Wales set up. Our promising youngsters can only but flourish with him at the helm."
"First of all I would like to thank Rob Page and the Welsh FA for giving me this opportunity.
I'm always looking to develop as a manager and this is a very exciting prospect indeed. I will still remain as Edinburgh City manager but this is a massive new string to my bow and I just can't wait to get started with it. It's a challenge I'm really looking forward to taking on."
Great to finally get your first points on the board, looks like you may have hit the Championship a season early perhaps following those back to back promotions, but time will tell!
Good luck in the U21 role, sure the Welsh side could be a stepping stone for bigger things on the international level.
"Well that's not that bad a draw is it?
Ideally it would be nice to play the next round at home but to get a draw which is as decent as this, well I'm not complaining at all. It's a winnable encounter and gives us the chance to reach the last sixteen. Of course whoever we play, will be up for it. After all, they will be playing a side that is higher in the league structure than them. We will be the favourites for sure but we need to guard against complacency and not think that our place is already guaranteed.
Who knows where this Cup journey can take us? We will keep the enjoying the ride."
"As good as it is to record a nice away win, it's been tempered today with a couple of confirmed injuries.
Louis was clattered just before the hour last night and in the resultant impact, damaged his hamstring. Hamstring injuries are very delicate to deal with and can be much worse to deal if you don't let them heal properly. Rush a player back from one of those and it could go again leading towards a prolonged spell on the sidelines. We will have to be careful with Louis and manage his recovery well. Hopefully we can see him back in action in the near future.
It's also disappointing to see Blair (Henderson) break down again with a knee injury, the same injury that sidelined him before. He felt before the game that he was ready to step it up and complete 90 minutes. However, he felt it go again in the closing stages, but in typical Blair fashion he decided to carry on and see the game out rather than leave us finishing the game under-strength. That's the measure of the man. We're going to wrap him in cotton wool for a bit and allow this to heal, only when we know he's ready then he'll back involved. Blair will want to be back sooner but we're not going to rush him back. He's a massive blow but we have options in our squad to cover for him. Whoever steps in, will do us a job."
"We've learnt this morning that Matty (Allan) has had his appeal turned down, and has to serve a one match ban for his sending off against Hearts.
We felt as a Club that it was a harsh call made by the referee on the night, as the striker was nowhere the goal and milked the challenge a wee bit. But we're obviously not on the same wavelength as the referee and the disciplinary panel.
It's a blow to us but we've got to take it on the chin and deal with it. Like we always do."
"I am under no illusions that we are really punching above our weight at the moment. It's like a scruffy no hoper being seen with a supermodel on their arm.
Because of this we have a manager who is being courted by teams home and abroad. The more than Mark (Duell) achieves, the more his stock rises and we will have a job of our own to keep him. Of course we would like to retain him for ever and a day, he's done remarkable things in his short time here, but sometimes good things don't last forever. If you want to be one of the best out there then you have to look at improving yourself elsewhere. It's the nature of the beast.
Mark recently approached us with a couple of things: one was to request the Club became a full time team to compete with the ones in the Championship and also to improve the youth facilites. Unfortunately I had to turn him down on both requests with a heavy heart. We run a very prudent ship here and the funds are not just not there for us to do so. Therefore if he thinks he can achieve better things elsewhere, we will not stand in his way. He's doing what is right for himself.
Mark is a bright young manager who I think is destined for massive things; after all you don't get the international role which he also holds without being a bit good."
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