Marshall is main man for Mick

PUBLISHED: 17:45 08 July 2011

Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall

Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall


Cahill hails Raiders player-coach

Romford Raiders team manager Mick Cahill has heaped praise on player-coach Danny Marshall after confirming his squad for the 2011/12 season.

Marshall has brought Lithuanian international Andrius Kaminskas back to the club after a three-year gap, while also adding former Raiders Matt Turner and Grant Taylor to the majority of last season’s line-up.

Former club junior JJ Pitchley has been given his senior call-up too by Marshall, who has made a big impression on club management since accepting a dual role.

Cahill said: “It’s testament to the management and coaching skills of Danny Marshall that so many of last year’s roster have chosen to accept the invitation to return.

“From a team aspect, it’s a massive departure from the norm at Romford. We’re not really used to having the same head coach two seasons in succession and even when we did, there wasn’t much of a player legacy from year one to year two.

“All of that has changed, for the better in my opinion.”

Cahill has been involved behind the scenes at the club for many years and believes Marshall has learned quickly on the job.

He added: “I’ve watched or worked with a variety of Raiders’ coaches over the years, including some high-profile appointments, and Danny leaves many of them standing on tactics, motivation and general man-management.

“I’ll be honest, it came as a bit of a surprise to me just how good Marsh is at coaching. As ‘just’ a player, Danny was never the most vocal in the room, preferring to let his actions do the talking. But things are very different now and there is clearly just one man in charge on the ice and in the locker room.

“Players respect Danny because he’s bought the T-shirt and then some. He knows all the strokes but is the sort of coach players want to play for.”

Not only does Marshall command respect from his players for his own achievements in the game, Cahill says his approach to running the team has been refreshing and rewarding.

“We all realise nobody will retire on the rewards of ENL hockey so it has to be fun for the players who train past midnight twice a week for nine months of the year and basically write off their weekends from September to April,” he said.

“It still means you treat the game seriously but unless a player enjoys it, it won’t be long before they lose interest.

“He also knows that not all players have the same skill sets but he does expect everyone on his team to play to the best of their ability, whatever standard that is. If you short-change the team, you’ll soon know about it.”

“He recognised quickly that people are not the same. Some players need a stroke, some need a kick up the backside and some don’t need to be reminded at all if they’ve gone wrong. I’ve watched Danny in action and I think he gets that part of it spot on.”

Marshall led the team in scoring last season, working well on a line with Slovakian import Juraj Huska and up-and-coming star Frankie Harvey.

And Cahill says the club’s all-time record points scorer deserved that recognition.

“It does no harm to his profile in the room that he’s still pumping out the numbers,” he said. “People shouldn’t overlook that he finished the regular season as the highest points scorer in the division and was the only player to top 100 points.

“It’s true he’s on a good line but one of the reasons it’s a good line is that Danny Marshall is playing centre on it!

“I’m not a player but I think Danny Marshall is a very good coach. He is passionate about Romford hockey, he leads by example and his will to win is evident every game. I’m so pleased we’ve got him.”

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