New Professional Development Phase lead coach, Miguel Llera, has spoken of his excitement ahead of the Youth Team’s EFL Youth Alliance Cup fixture with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, 11am
The match at Clay Cross will mark the first of Llera’s tenure with the club and naturally he can’t wait to get started.
He said: “After nearly twenty years as a professional this is the closest I’ll get to going back as a player.
“I miss competing and trying to be better than the other team and this is the best part of coaching, using your weapons to be better than the opposition.
“I’m really looking forward to the game and I’m pleased with how the players have been working and training this week.”
Since his appointment on Monday, Llera has spent the week getting to know the club’s academy scholars and after watching their previous two matches, he’s identified areas where he believes they need to improve and has already begun working on them.
“I want to improve them physically because I want us to increase the tempo in the games,” the Spaniard commented. “We need to do things quicker and for that we need to have more intense training.
“I don’t prepare the team any differently than if it was a league game, I want them to play the way that and I and the club are looking for.
“I’m trying to give the players the right direction for our play and make things easier because in every single session we are adapting to how we want to play on Saturday and we’re trying to increase our tempo.”
Llera admits that he doesn’t know too much about Saturday’s opposition and while he’ll show them respect, he’s purely focused on how his methods will help the players long-term.
He added: “I only pay attention to my team because I think we have a solid base and if we do what I’m looking for then the result will come and we’ll improve the players - that is our target.
“I want to see us play like a team and show more commitment, desire and a hunger to be better. I’d also like to see the team attack and defend together.
“We’ve been working and training with the players for a week and in each training session we’ve stepped it up, we’ll be ready for the game.”