News 3.1.2019

Rybníček: We want only those players, who are willing to fight for their name and the club

Although the football year does not fit with the calendar year, it gives us this time and space for thinking. All the more that 2018 was one of the most controversial years in the life of AS Trenčín. Successful Summer performance in the Europa League shifted into a very unsuccessful ending of the Autumn part of the Fortuna League. On this occasion, we made an interview with the club´s general manager, Róbert Rybníček.

What was the year 2018 for you and the club?

Again, it was very interesting, but especially turbulent. We entered the Spring part after a not quite successful Autumn. Nevertheless, we managed to fight our way to the top six and succeeded in the barrage for participation in the Europa League. For the sixth time in a row, we were in a European cup. We have fulfilled the goal we make every year. After a long time, we decided to take in a foreign coach. Through Ricardo Moniz, we wanted to make a new spark for the team and bring more energy. We recognized his work and nature. In the short term, his work was successful. It showed up in the Europa League and at the beginning of the Fortuna League. All this was enhanced by the fantastic matches against Feyenoord Rotterdam. For our majority shareholder, Mr. Ling, it was an achievement for his long-term activity in the club. It was a very intense experience for him. He was very proud of the club. I think it was a good dose of energy and motivation for us and for his continuation of the work he started here. However, loss in the play-off match against Larnaka came. Our ambitions have overgrown us. We have come across a consolidated rival with great player experience. But it was another valuable experience. I will, however, continue to say that we have attained a performance cap at this time. The club has not been and is not prepared for such a heavy load throughout the fall and basically throughout the year. This was confirmed by a series of unsuccessful results. I have to admit that we were expecting more from the new executive team. We did not want to accept, that the negative series might be even more serious after the change of coaches. We have fallen to the second six and it will be very difficult to fight our way back to the top during the Spring. I´ll repeat that the past year was incredibly turbulent. We have come across things that haven´t happened before. Again, however, we are more experienced and stronger. If we can learn and name mistakes, it will help us in the next period."

Every experienced player, coach and manager will tell you that losses will give you more than victories. 

"We have to admit that over the past few years we have not been accustomed to the period we have experienced during the last three months. Not winning a single game in a few last matches has been a really tough time when you have a winning mentality like us. It was tough only for our fans, but for all the people working in the club. We have to get ourselves out of it. No one will do it for us."

Do we know where the major mistakes have been made to determine today´s situation of the club?

"Choosing high quality players will not guarantee you results if they are not strong on the mental side. You need literally total discipline and self-devotion during each of the matches. Just look at how the team performed against Zabrze and Feyennord. This can be compared with the league matches in October, November and December. Each of players has to fight for the club and therefore for himself. But this has disappeared. We did not have the leader in the cabin. We did not have a leader in the executive team. There was a great cabin´s benevolence towards our own responsibility and individual growth. Many of our footballers underestimated the situation. When they wanted to reverse it, they did not know how to do it. Moreover, there was no one to help them at the moment. The players that should have been our pillars disappointed us. We will try to solve it already in the winter transfer period. We want to supply the team wiith new energy, that belongs to the cabin. But this is not just a matter of quality. Pretty much, it is about mentality and self adjustment. If we can do that, we´ll have back the name, that had been chanted by our fans lately. "

The executive team was commissioned to lead the club until the end of Autumn after Moniz left. Do you already know what will its composition be during Spring? 

"We will reveal the composition of the executive team during the winter preparations. We have not yet solved all the questions. However, we have a vision. Most people who are concerned will already know our visions. If we can solve everything even the contracts part, the executive team will be known on January 7th. We can tell you already today that there will be changes."

Will there also be changes in the cabin?

"We will see what will the winter period bring. In what condition will our players return from holidays. Transfer options of our players are also greatly limited by the their performance. Nevertheless, we want to let some players go. We want to give another players a chance to find new motivation. We´ll give a chance to those, who haven´t had so many opportunities to show their qualities and energy. I only want those players, who are willing to fight for their name and the club. It is important for us to mentally adjust everyone around the team. We´ll deal with the team composition on a daily basis. "

Fans and experts are particularly criticizing our defense, although the defensive play is a matter of the whole team ...

"It has to be said openly that this is one of the components that we lack from the point of view of team compactness. We do not have a dominant player right now on the central defender post to determine the trend of the game´s middle axis. We´ll try to find someone. But it´s just one of the components of our team´s play. But the most important thing is for our players to come back from their holidays with a whole new set of thinking. Then I´m not worried if we´ll be missing some post. Football is still a team game. If individuals do not play collectively, we have almost zero chance of success."

Would you liket to tell something to all our fans and supporters?

"We believe that after making some imortant steps in the infrastructure, fans will find their way to the stadium. Season 2018/2019 is a year of great mental testing for the whole club. It is not only from the perspective of people working for AS Trenčín, but also from the point of view of the fan base and our partners. I´m very curious how we will manage it all. We believe that at the end of 2019 we will send out a very strong legacy why, for eleven years now, we have been building a club and an academy with a great influence on the whole region. Football in Trenčín has a rich history full of successes but also of falls. We believe that we will be able to bring stability for an even longer period. If we find the way to our fans and they to us, there is an interesting future ahead of us. We believe they will be even more linked with the club. We will provide them with a new home and thus an inalienable identity for their and our club."

Author: astn MB
Games schedule
Fortuna league, baráž, 14.7.2020
FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

complete standings

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