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Junji Ogawa to manage Yakult Swallows in 2011 (Sanspo interview added)

by on Sep.20, 2010 @ 2:40 pm, under NPB

Club president Tadashi Suzuki held a press conference earlier today to announce that Junji Ogawa will be manager of the team next season.  Suzuki apparently contacted Ogawa after the Dragons' game yesterday to inform him of the decision.

Below is from an interview that was posted over at Sanspo:

What were you thinking after you were asked?

Honestly, I was a little worried if it was really ok I was selected.  I consider this a once in a lifetime opportunity.

They thought well of your work so far.

I do think I helped a little, but it's really the players.  I don't necessarily think things got any better with the coaches when I became interim manager.

The fans also threw their support behind you.

As a person that didn't really achieve much as a player, I'm grateful and thankful for their support.

The players?

Things will remain the same.  I'll of course ask for their support.  I don't have any plans of changing just because I'm the full-time manager.

Your goals for next season?

I want to do my best to rise to the challenge.  That means being prepared.  And if I don't do well next year, [even if I have a two year deal] they probably won't want me back.  I want to prepare as if it's all about next season.