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INTERVIEW: Maximising the staff

20 May 2013

Manager on training next season

United manager Greg Abbott today detailed some tweaks to the training structure ahead of the new campaign, and explained the reasoning behind the decision to change the way things have been done.

“I think I’ve said before, every single day will be a coaching day next season,” he told us. “We’re going to make sure the young players will do a lot more work than they have been doing. 

“That won’t always be physical. We’ll have them covering more of the technical aspects of the game to give them a better understanding of why we need them to do certain things out on the pitch. There’s a bigger emphasis on the staff to deliver that properly and it could mean that we’ll see Graham [Kavanagh] working with certain groups one day and me carrying it on the next.”
 
“The thinking behind the change to the way we do things really came because of the Josh Todd situation,” he explained. “He picked up an injury early in the season and he got lost in the weeds of the season because of that. 

“We don’t have the development coaches here who could work with him so we need to make sure we’re maximising the staff we do have to get the best out of the players from now on. 

“That way we can make sure that good players are as fit as they can be if they do find themselves suffering an injury or a drop of form for longer than was anticipated. We just want to make sure that when these lads, and the young players in particular, step across that white line they are as prepared as they can be to survive.”

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