LJ ON KLD TAKEOVER



It seems that Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover is on the verge of being formally ratified by the EFL and Lee Johnson is about as excited as anyone about it all! "It's has been like purgatory - it's almost like we have been living inbetween. But everything I hear is that it [the takeover] is as close as it can get."


LJ ON KLD’S MATURITY AND INTELLIGENCE

“I’m very, very confident in his motives, and I’m very confident in his ideas. He’s probably the most well-rounded 24-year-old I’ve ever met in my life. He’s very bright, he’s intelligent and he’s got good ideas. Obviously, he’s got experience as well, and his experiences remind me a little bit of my own experiences as a player and then a manager. I had a front-row seat to be able to see my dad managing while I was growing up, and he’s obviously had that with his family and their ownership of Olympique Marseille and Club Brugge.”


NEW PHILOSOPHIES

“There’s some good ideas, and every contact I have with Kyril really impresses me more and more. I think he’s got a sound board behind him, depending on how that shake-up works, in terms of experience and what has gone well and what hasn’t gone well. When I came to the football club, I really believed that we’ve got to be brave, and we’ve got to have a long-term plan. For the staff and players to get clarity on that will set us on a really nice path and give everybody that fresh start that everybody wants.”


LEADERSHIP REQUIRED

“The messaging has to come from the top. The best clubs that I’ve seen and been involved in have that really strong, positive messaging from the top. That communication line is strong and effectively, the head coach becomes a disciple of that and that's the way it should be. You should fit the club's philosophy and that way you can build. I think it's a really good thing, I really do.”


DONE DEAL?

“Everything I hear is that it’s really, really close, about as close as it can get. People will have seen Kyril at the latest game, I think that was quite well documented and I expect us to get used to having him around the place, seeing his face and having him introduce his messaging. At the same time, though, I can’t give any definitive timescale or chronological order for when that may happen or not.”