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Wells backs new Bristol City manager

Nahki Wells is looking forward to playing under a new manager (File photograph courtesy of Bristol City)

Bristol City striker Nahki Wells is relishing playing under new manager Liam Manning at Ashton Gate.

The experienced player has described the former Ipswich Town midfielder as a “great person“ whom he admires for his deep passion for the game, commitment to his job and equally unrelenting desire to get the best out of his players.

“First and foremost he’s a great person; he loves the game, he’s 100 per cent committed to his job and us as players,” Wells told Bristol Live.

“He really gives you that feeling that he wants you to progress as player; whether you’re a 19-year-old coming through or an experienced player like myself, there’s always room for improvement.

“His door is open; you walk in to have a chat and next thing you know you’ve been in his office for an hour. You’ve been watching clips, you’ve spoken about things, and that’s one of the biggest things that I can say is great about him.

“It’s continuously wanting to improve you as a player, improve the team. Take zero shortcuts and has the way and a process at how he wants to do things, and I think it’s coming to fruition so hats off to him.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air since he’s been in with his ideas and his training methods.

"Every day is like a lesson, even as an experienced player you feel like you’re learning every day, and that’s something I think most of the players will feel.“

Even though he is one of the most senior players in Manning’s squad at 33, and has years of experience under his belt, Wells also maintains a willingness to learn and perfect his craft.

“Nigel (former City manager Nigel Pearson) used to say all the time, ‘the older you get, the more you can learn’,” Wells added. “I know what I can do from doing it 500 times, but it’s the other little things that you can just bolt on to progress as player.

“The mind is important as you get older and more experienced you have to rely on that a lot more, and that is the case for myself and many others. It’s still a learning curve.

“Every day in the office is a day to improve, and that’s something I have to give the gaffer credit for because that’s what his emphasis is every day.”

Wells has not enjoyed the best of seasons having been in and out of City’s squad, including a two- month absence through a serious ankle injury.

However, the former Bermuda captain has made a huge impact lately having come off the bench to notch three goals in his last two appearances, including a brace in City’s 5-0 win over Bristol Rovers to become only the seventh player to score 100 goals in the Championship.

“To carve myself in the history books in that regard is an amazing achievement. A very proud moment and very delighted,” said Wells, who has scored eight goals in all competitions this season, including seven in the Championship.

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Published April 20, 2024 at 8:03 am (Updated April 20, 2024 at 11:05 pm)

Wells backs new Bristol City manager

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