Ryan Finnerty believes he ‘proved a point’ on his victorious return to Sheffield Steelers.
But he believes it won’t be long before his successor at the club turns some fairly poor results around.
Finnerty’s Braehead Clan won in a penalty shoot out at Sheffield Arena, a venue where he served with distinction as a player and a coach. Speakng on video at thestar.co.uk, he said of the win: “It’s nice ,you cannot deny, it’s always nice to come back and want to prove a point and I am proud of my guys they battled hard for the club and myself.”
Finnerty gave an independent assessment of Doug Christiansen’s new-look Sheffield team, who have lost four out of seven games so far.
“They transition well, they come through the neutral zone and are a lot more offensive than what I’d heard, they created some good chances, their D are active, they jump in the play, but I thought we kept a lot to the outside. Generally I thought we came out of our zone with little trouble and then entered into their zone with good speed. And we played the game with four hours sleep (after their trip from Belfast the night before.)
“I enjoyed my time in Sheffield. I thought we had a great group of guys, great leaders in Shawn Limpright and Simon Ferguson” he said.
“Guys like that are gone and forgotten. I felt we had a great team but when you don’t win (trophies) these things happen and they brought in a new flavour and that’s happened in Braehead with myself.”
The Clan coach he said it was “too early to tell” who the championship favourites would be and showed discretion in comparing his Sheffield team to the present one. “It is tough to compare; these guys have got a lot of good players and leadership and it won’t be long before they turn it around. But to be honest I couldn’t care less I am only focused on what we are doing in Glasgow.”