Doucet: Pressure is on me to deliver at Panthers
The new hockey director of the Nottingham Panthers, Guillaume Doucet, admits he knows the pressure is already on him – but he does not think about it.
The seasoned forward confirmed his retirement from the game after a stint with the Glasgow Clan last season and settled in the back offices as part of a new structure that, hopefully, he will help the Panthers to return to the circle of winners.
He revealed that there were names on the list that they wanted to assume as the head coach and that he wanted to act quickly so that the new man was in place , Doucet stated that they were not going too fast to try to make this good decision,
"There is always pressure in hockey and I do it myself because I want to find the right coach and the guy who will help this team succeed," he said. "I accept that it's already for me because of the work I have to do.
"I'm not too worried about it and when you play, there's always some pressure, but I do not really think about it."
"We have some names for the coach in mind. It is too early in the process to reveal anything, but let's hope that we can act quickly enough, but not too fast, because we want to make the right decision in this regard.
"I am not alone in this area. Gary Moran and Rick Strachan will also be there, and both guys have great experience I can count on and people who know the league and the club very well.
"I'm new to this and I have a lot to learn.I know a lot of people in the hockey world, so it's about finding the right candidates, making the list and find references.
"I think if I do a lot of in-depth investigations, talk to the right people and make a lot of phone calls, I'll have enough information to make the right decision."
In taking on this new role, he ended his playing career which brought him to countries like Denmark and Italy, but he saw himself perform on Hull Stingrays, Panthers, Cardiff Devils, Milton Keynes Lightning and Clan, with whom he played last season.
He admits that he was not trying to give up the game, but the opportunity given him by the organization of the Panthers was, in his words, "too good to be refused".
Doucet added, "I feel like I'm not ready to officially hang up my skates. My name was spoken by a few people who knew that I was interested in staying in hockey and finding a job in the Elite League.
"The United Kingdom is my country of origin and the league in which I have the most experience. So I spoke to a few people and when the opportunity came, she came at the right time, so I decided to retire. jump.
"The club is trying something new and is a bit more modern when it comes to hockey. I liked what he had to offer and where he went with the structure.
"I was hoping or was planning to retire, but I was getting older and I knew my best days might be behind me. But it was a dream job and I feel like I can bring a lot to this opportunity.
With regard to the work itself, as well as the pressure of which he spoke earlier, he is keen to give Nottingham back its former glory, despite a third place last season and a place in the weekend of the final round of the playoffs.
However, the former champions of the Elite League are not illusory of the tasks that await us to try to turn these expectations into success for the years to come.
"There were high expectations for last year, which is correct," he said. "I like it for the Panthers and we are one of the biggest clubs in the UK. I think we have to be back home.
"Of course, I was not here last year, but we need a fresh start. That's why I was appointed and our goal is to move forward.
"It's a whole new world for me, a lot different from putting skates on and going out there. I did a little recruitment in Cardiff and I have been in the sport all my life.
"Hockey is what I know and what excites me. I have no illusions, I will have to learn and I will make mistakes. But I will learn with them and I look forward to this moment. I'm going to use the help around me and I want to bring the Panthers back to the top. "