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Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb on reaching the FA Cup first round and the importance of being honest with his players


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Manager Dennis Kutrieb is looking forward to the next stage of his English football education after Ebbsfleet reached the FA Cup first round.

Fleet are off to League 2 club Leyton Orient over the weekend of November 5-8 after goals from Rakish Bingham and Chris Solly secured a 2-0 home win over Hampton & Richmond on Saturday.

Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb Picture: Chris Davey
Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb Picture: Chris Davey

And while Kutrieb says it wasn’t a priority when he moved to England from Germany just over a year ago, he’s excited to be there.

“I get so many new experiences and I can learn so much every single day,” he said.

“When you’re in a new country, still after 12 months you can learn every day.

“I like to learn, I like to see new things, I like to adapt from other perspectives and I really appreciate now we are in the first round proper because it’s a new thing I can learn from and where I can get excited.

“When you are a manager it’s not easy to get excited any more because normally you see most things and when you’re successful it’s always nice but now it’s something new.

“Now we can start dreaming a little bit."

Ebbsfleet are up to fifth in National South after back-to-back away wins and they’re on the road again this Saturday, with a trip to Eastbourne.

That’s followed by a home game against Braintree on Tuesday night.

Ebbsfleet beat Hampton & Richmond 2-0 in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round Picture: Chris Davey
Ebbsfleet beat Hampton & Richmond 2-0 in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round Picture: Chris Davey

Ebbsfleet are virtually injury-free and while that leads to selection dilemmas, Kutrieb wouldn’t have it any other way.

He said: “We need to continue our hard work in the league because that’s my main target.

“With no big injuries, the depth looks really nice.

“There were a few boys out of the squad against Hampton, even with seven subs.

“There were some big headaches but that’s what I like, I like to make decisions, even if it’s unlucky for some players.

"That’s football and if we want to be successful, we need a big squad.

“At the moment I’m really happy we can pick from so many boys and hopefully everyone’s on the same page and doesn’t have too much complacency.

Chris Solly scores Fleet's second goal against Hampton & Richmond Picture: Chris Davey
Chris Solly scores Fleet's second goal against Hampton & Richmond Picture: Chris Davey

“Eastbourne is a very good example, if you don’t work hard you get punished there straight away and that would be very disappointing for me.

“I like to talk to the boys and I try always to be honest with them and that’s what they need.

“They don’t need bull****, they don’t need 'you’re good but you don’t play', they need reasons.

“Whatever I say they are not happy but in my experience, in Germany as well, if I’m honest with the players, even if it’s very hard, then you benefit during the season.

“Sometimes it’s hard to take but the boys at the moment are very close, they help each other.”

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