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Eyre: "The players look in great condition."

23 June 2017

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Spireites assistant manager, Steve Eyre, has praised the Chesterfield squad for returning to pre-season training in good health as well as putting in lots of hard work.

The players returned to pre-season training on Monday and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“It’s been a great start first and foremost and it’s been great to see the lads, credit to them they’ve come back in fantastic condition,” Eyre told iFollow.

“The measurements that we make, the scores that we take from them are way above and beyond what we expected and what we’ve done in the off season we’ve got a good start and a good base.

“It allowed us to get cracking on Monday with a long and tough day, before testing on Tuesday and Wednesday. We gave them a recovery day yesterday and we’ve had a tough day today, but the players look in great condition.”

The players were split into two groups on both Tuesday and Wednesday with one group travelling to Leeds University to undergo their body composition and muscle testing, while the other conducted work at the training ground.

And Eyre is pleased to report that the tests went very well, leading to the players progressing to more work with the ball.

He said: “We need to test body fats, speeds and strengths, but because we’ve started early and we’re in such good condition we’ve been able to sneak towards tactical work.

“We’ve been able to find the right balance of conditioning work, getting a fitness base and playing some football and we’re really pleased with things.”

As well as there being a good atmosphere on the training ground this week, there has also been a good vibe off the field, with the club’s seven new signings all integrating well in the dressing room.

“They’ve integrated great, we’ve got good people in the dressing room which has made it easy for the lads to have come in and settle,” the assistant manager commented.

“We’ve had lots of contact time with them, through the season you probably cut that in half, pre-season you’re spending long days together – eventually long days and nights – and you’re trying to get the right balance of family time which is important, along with getting to know them.

“From my point of view – I was only here for the final seven weeks of last season – it’s also a get to know basis for myself and for them to get to know me and the manager.

“So we’ve got a few new ideas, we obviously need to improve on last season drastically, we’re certainly wanting to make a good start and a head start on others in getting back working.

“We know other clubs will have their own ideas based on similar themes but we wanted to get cracking before most and we think that will set us up for a good season.”

While the majority of the back room staff and players have been away on holiday during the off-season Eyre has kept himself busy by completing his Pro-Licence coaching certificate.

It’s been a demanding task, but Eyre is one of 24 to come away with the prestigious qualification and now he wants to put what he’s learned to good use with the Spireites.

He added: “The Pro-Licence is an esteemed award and there were only 300 English Pro-Licence coaches before the 24 of us graduated.

“It was a course spread over a period of 20 months, and there was a lot of good work put in by the FA to the lads who graduated and passed.

“Hopefully what I’ve learned in gaining the award, I can bring to good practice at Chesterfield for this season.”

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