Steelers head coach Paul Thompson and his assistant Jerry Andersson have signed new two-year contracts with the club owner, Tony Smith today confirmed.
Thompson joined the Steelers ahead of the of the 2015-16 season delivering a league title in his first year in charge. He was joined by Andersson at the start of the 2016-17 campaign with the duo combining to help deliver last weekends play off championship.
“I believe both Paul and Jerry are the right men to have at the helm of our club” said Smith “I’ve been delighted with their work on and off the ice. Changing either was never an option in my mind and the deal with both of them was concluded well before the finals weekend just gone.
“I believe we have become a far more professional club and Paul has been instrumental in delivering that for us. The game has moved on so much in recent years and the experience and leadership Paul and Jerry bring is invaluable.
“I think Paul inherited a Steelers team and now we have a Steelers club and that was something I was looking for. We plan ahead, we of course focus on today but we plan for tomorrow as well.
“It’s exciting times both in the Elite League and Europe with our recent qualification for the Continental Cup and I’m confident that Paul and Jerry are the right men to take us forward on both levels”
Paul Thompson said “I’m looking forward to the next two years and continuing the work we have already started.
“This is a big job but also a gratifying one. We have a great fan base and I am blessed with incredible staff and share my motivation and work ethic making the Steelers the best club we can
“Our players are a committed group and we have a strong core of guys already returning next season. They care, they work incredibly hard and are determined to continue this clubs winning ways
“Of course I’m delighted that Jerry is returning with me. Jerry had options to return to Sweden but chose to remain with us. He see’s what we are building, building for the long term and he wants to be a part of that.
“We both bring different things to the rink and in the modern game that is so important. As I say my staff are an incredible group and together we will work day and night to ensure we remain at the top of our game”
Jerry Andersson said “I’m so proud to be a part of this Sheffield Steelers organisation. This last weekend was incredible thing to be a part of.
“Working with Paul is exciting. We are both enthusiastic arriving at the rink every day. We love our jobs and working here. I’m pleased to be invited back to continue our work and look forward already to the season ahead. New challenges such as the Continental Cup but also reclaiming our league title back from Cardiff”
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