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Humphreys on New Role

3 August 2016

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Continuing his gradual transition from pitch to dugout, Ritchie Humphreys took on the role of player/coach in May after coaching in an unofficial capacity last season.

Commenting on his new post, Humphreys said: "When the manager came in last year, he asked me to get involved in the coaching side of it, which is something that I have always been looking to do. 

“I have already done all my coaching badges and an Applied Management course at Warwick University. The role will be to help out day-to-day with the manager and Chris [Morgan], while continuing my role as a player, training day-to-day.

“Then, possibly during the week, either mornings or afternoons, I will have a group of players, made up of mainly the younger pros, a few players coming back from injury and some of the youth team.

“When we go into reserve games - and it won't just be on the training ground - I want to spend as many hours as we can, without fatiguing the players, building into the games. 

“There are others things we can do as well. We can use the analysis that we take from games and go through that, we can look at DVDs and we can also do presentations on stuff away from technical and tactical things. 

“What you do when you are away from the football club, for instance, is very important. When you are a footballer, coaches and managers cannot be there 24/7. A lot of it is down to you and your discipline, so there are those experiences that I can pass on after doing it for 20 years."

Sports science is an increasingly important part of preparation in football and Humphreys is keen to help the players be the best that they can be. He said: “I will also be working with Mal [Purchase] and making sure that their strength and conditioning is up to speed. 

"Everybody will be different - somebody will need working in certain areas, whether that be from an endurance point of view or physically getting stronger, using a weights programme over in the gym. We can cover all the bases.

“It is about making sure the players have got enough information and helping them as well as them applying themselves with attitude and application. Then from our point of view it is up to myself and the rest of the coaches to try and get these players through our system and into the first team eventually.” 

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