Wallace: No added pressure at Panthers
Tim Wallace, coach of the Nottingham Panthers, insists he has no extra pressure on him as he makes fun of his new job.
The former MK Lightning coach was confirmed to replace Rick Strachan last week, while hockey director, William Doucet, had agreed to a contract to bring him back into the Elite League.
And Wallace said that it was an opportunity too beautiful to be refused when the opportunity to return to the UK arose.
"Coming to the Panthers does not add pressure," he said. "From my point of view, I am here to win hockey games and I will take it one day at a time. Today, I talk to a group of players and I will do it again tomorrow.
"It comes down to daily work, being on the same page and being ready to work. I think there is certainly pressure, but to be a professional hockey player as long, you have to learn and not take the pressure. You just have to go with it.
"This is an incredible opportunity and I thought I would only play this year, and when this opportunity arose, I had to think about it, but I just could not refuse it.
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"It has been a pleasure to work with Guillaume Doucet, who brings a lot to the game and knows him very well." He also has a lot of relationships and we work hard, I think we have the right ones ideas for building a great team. "
Wallace also spoke about his past with Lightning in a tough season, which stuck them at the bottom of the table amid accusations of alleged non-payment of players.
He learned from what was undoubtedly a difficult situation and paid tribute to the players he worked with.
He added: "Each of them in this MK room has a lot of character and, hopefully, last year, they won a lot and made them stronger." It was a great learning experience and I am quite ready to do it again.
"It was hard to motivate players from time to time to explain what was going on and it was hard to make the guys believe that it was a professional situation when such events unfolded in the background.
"I personally think that I did a good job, but the guys deserve the greatest merit. Once the puck fell, they went to work and did everything they could to win hockey games.
"It was definitely a battle with the numbers we had and I really think we are stronger for this experience."