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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 August 2005, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Hennigan out to re-ignite Malawi
By Aubrey Sumbuleta
BBC Sport, Blantyre

Malawi's caretaker coach Michael Hennigan
Malawi's caretaker coach Michael Hennigan is aiming high

Malawi's new caretaker coach Michael Hennigan says his first task is to try and put right the problems the side has had in international competitions.

The English coach, who arrived in the country on Monday, told BBC Sport that he has a lot to offer the Flames even though they are bottom of their World Cup qualifying group.

"I know people are expecting a lot and that's what exactly I want to do," the 62-year-old said.

"I always try to be in an excuse-free zone because I don't like excuses. If we don't do well, I will take the blame."

I've won and lost in the past but failure is not my main ingredient
Michael Hennigan

Hennigan is in Malawi to look after the side as caretaker for the next four months but he is already hoping to stay longer than that.

"People want to see me working and bring them results and for sure if I bring the results, they will obviously want me to stay longer," he says.

He however admits that he does not know much about Malawian football but added that he is determined to succeed.

"I've won and lost in the past but failure is not my main ingredient," he says.

As well as trying to win games Hennigan says he will also look at some of the problems facing Malawian football such as the condition of training pitches as well as identifying new talent for the national side.

The caretaker coach took charge of his first training session less than 24 hours after arriving in Malawi as the Flames prepare for their next 2006 World Cup qualifier in Guinea on 4 September.

Before leaving England for Malawi Hennigan had been one of the FA's leading instructors, conducting coaching developmental programmes for the organisation.

He was also the youth coach for Rotherham United, a lower league side in England.

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