With Tim Hankinson out of the San Antonio Scorpions hot seat Alen Marcina has been given the position for the rest of the season and on Friday the San Antonio Soccer Examiner spoke to the new manager.
SASE: Obviously it's been a crazy couple of days for you but when were you told about all this?
Alen Marcina: It was also news to me, I found out the same time that unfortunately they'd released coach Hankinson but at the same time, Coach Hankinson was my mentor and I thank him. He brought a championship to our team in our first season but at the same time I had obligations to the guys, the team and the city and I look forward to embracing this opportunity.
SASE: How have the players been coping?
AM: For me, everything has been very positive in the locker-room and it's the response that I have been hoping for and have got so I'm excited, the players are excited and I know they're going to bring it to the field against Minnesota.
SASE: How do you get ready for a game on Saturday after what happened on Tuesday?
AM: It's just about getting the guys in the right mindset, getting the guys to believe, getting the guys motivated. I feel that already in a short space of time I've achieved that and now it's about going in there and getting the three points against Minnesota.
SASE: Are we going to see many changes from what Hankinson was doing to this Saturday?
AM: I think you'll see some subtle changes, personally I don't think making massive changes in three days is the most intelligent thing to do. My job is to set this team up for success so we have made a few subtle changes and the guys are hungry and excited and you're going to see that team out on the park against Minnesota.
SASE: They've put you on for the rest of the year, has the club given you an indication of what you need to do to keep the job permanently?
AM: Again my goal is to consider the long term for the club, I'm excited for the challenge, I'm motivated and I'm going to leave it all on the park and I know my guys will leave it all on the park.
SASE: How much do you remember of your time in the A-League, do you still keep up with the guys there?
AM: Most definitely, I have a lot of friends that are now coaching, assistant coaches and some even still playing so I've definitely got some strong contacts there and I'm always interested and always looking for players and for talent that can help us. I feel like I've got a strong network in Australia and New Zealand but also in Europe. Moving forward if I am retained I plan on using all my contacts.
The San Antonio Soccer Examiner would like to thank Alen Marcina for his time and the San Antonio Scorpions for facilitating this interview. The Scorpions play Minnesota this Saturday at Toyota Field in Marcina's first match in charge of the club.