Moran surprised and honoured to be Slough Jets head coach

Moran surprised and honoured to be Slough Jets head coach

Graeme Copas

Moran surprised and honoured to be Slough Jets head coach
Craig Moran is the new head coach at Slough Jets

Slough Jet’s new head coach said he was surprised but honoured to be asked to take the reins at The Hanger after the dramatic departure of Slava Koulikov to Peterborough Phantoms this week.

Craig Moran, who was assistant to Koulikov, now has the unenviable task of rebuilding a team which has lost six top class players in recent weeks including player coach  Koulikov and captain Dan Scott in just the last few days.

Moran said he relished the chance to be in charge, but accepts that signing new players will not be easy.

“I have been with the club since I was 12 and I’m thrilled to have the chance to be head coach,” he said.

“It came as a surprise, but for me it’s a real honour.”

“Obviously it’s difficult times with players leaving and uncertainty around, but I’m focused on giving the fans good ice hockey and getting a decent team on the ice.”

He added: “It will be tough to bring in good quality British players at this stage, but that’s  what I will try to do.

“I may have a new player for this weekend – he is trying to be released by his current club – and I am hoping to add to the ranks early next week.”

Moran was quick to quash any talk that it was financial problems at the club that had heralded the mass exodus of players.

He said: “There is no financial problem at the club that I’m  aware of. These are just rumours.

“Basically I have the same budget as Slava had at the start of the season and as long as I stay within that there should be no problems.

“Players left for different reasons. Some just got offers that were way above what we could match with our budget.

“Even five years ago, when we had a bigger budget, we would have struggled to have matched them.”

Asked whether Koulikov’s departure had created bad blood between the Russian  and the club, especially as the Jets  have yet to publicly announce his leaving, Moran said that he was not aware of any.

Looking ahead, Moran hopes to build on the back to two victories at the weekend over Guldford and Peterborough.

He said: “They were great wins, but in these uncertain times in the changing room, I’m not sure what to expect.

“I’ll try to rebuild the side and keep us in a decent position in the table.”

Next in the schedule for the Jets is a home match against Basingstoke Bison on Sunday, starting at 6.30pm.

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