After being granted a day off on Wednesday, Thursday started off with a breakfast that involved plenty of chat about ‘Love Island’ and Mayweather v McGregor fight talk, before manager Gary Caldwell and assistant manager Steve Eyre, hosted a team meeting to discuss leadership, plus what’s needed mentally and physically to create a winning team.
Following the meeting, which involved plenty of player participation, it was a short coach ride to the palm tree lined training ground for the first of two sessions in the day, with the morning activities being described by the manager as ‘fairly light.’ In the 30 degree heat though, everything’s not quite as light as it may seem and plenty of water was downed during the two-hour session.
Warm ups in three rotating groups were followed by small pitch, rapid fire sessions primarily hosted by Eyre before a bigger-pitch encounter that was all about speed and speed of thought, both on and off the ball.
Back on the coach to the hotel, rest, recuperate and eat before the 6pm evening session that promises to be ‘much tougher,’ according to the manager, who said; “I love this session, I devised it myself. It involves hard running followed by a match.
"The first time we did it the players couldn’t believe that after the running they had to play, but it’s just what we need at this stage of the plan.”
Friday will have a single morning session as the squad prepares for Saturday evening’s game against Middlesbrough.