Shota Arveladze kicked every ball as his Hull City reign got off to a dream start with a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea City.
Two goals in the first 17 minutes from Tom Eaves and Keane Lewis-Potter secured victory in the 48-year-old’s first game as the Tigers’ new head coach.
And the Georgian could not have wished for a better introduction to English football, with his name sung loudly throughout by an exuberant 13,101 MKM Stadium crowd.
“If somebody was writing this scenario, I would definitely write it this way,” said Arveladze.
“Thanks to everyone – thanks to the boys, thanks to the staff who helped me.
“I hope we can do better and I hope we can continue and show much more than we did today.
“We did very well in the first half. We should credit the opponents, they changed their system in the second half with an extra midfielder and they used the extra man. We dropped a little bit back and we will need to improve and not go that far (back).
“The boys showed tremendous character, discipline. They ended the game the way they started.
“It gives me a good feeling because in the first half everything worked. In the second half, the opponents reacted and you have to show character and defend better and that’s what they did to keep a clean sheet with the energy they put in.
“I’m so happy to have such a group. I was feeling this from afar and now I feel this myself from in front of my eyes. That’s a good feeling.”
Chants of “we’ve got Arveladze” boomed around the ground as City supporters saluted the new boss – much to his delight.
“It was great!” he said. “Some boys told me what they sing for Allan McGregor, he’s a good friend of mine and that’s better than the song they sing for him!
“I was happy they started that from the first minute.”