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GALLERY: Kewell's First Week In Charge

9 August 2020

The Head Coach provided an update after his first seven days which coincided with the opening week of pre-season and is pleased with the early progress made.

Joining last weekend, the Head Coach wasted no time in getting the players back as they reported to Chapel Road on Monday morning with the start of the 2020/21 season now less than five weeks away.

Adhering to the 'return to training' protocol, with regular testing in place. For the first few sessions, players only had access to the training ground and pitch during designated time slots.

"I have to say it's been great. It's the truth, from the people I've already met at the club they are willing to help and do everything they can in what is still a difficult time, especially in the local area with the restricitve mesasures back in place.

"Everyone at the club is working extra hard to ensure we have a strong pre-season and I’m extremely thankful for that.

"For instance, the ground staff who have got the pitches ready at the training ground are in perfect condition, so I can't complain at all. We're moving in the right direction already at such an early stage."

As the opening week progressed and double sessions were implemented this weekend, training has now moved onto Stage Two ahead of 'week two'. This will see the whole group train together and include contact training.

With the recruitment of players to his First Team continuing, some second year scholars from the academy have been involved for valuable experience, giving the Head Coach an opportunity to see the next generation of talent coming through the ranks.

"Out on the pitch that's our office and I'm always open to suggestions from players to ask questions and interact to help the team.

"But I can't be annoyed because they've given me their all already this week and shown they want to represent this club with pride.

"We recover Sunday and go again in the second week, put the last seven days behind us and continue to strive for better to ensure we keep progressing

"We're working in two week periods at the moment, so it'll step up in intensity as a group. But so far it's been a great start and I've been pleased with what I've seen already."

He added: "I'm old-fashioned in certain ways as I like to keep certain elements to myself because I want to always adapt and you have to be, to be successful.

"It's always nice for players to know what is coming up, but still being able to keep them on their toes and challenge them by pushing their boundaries they never knew they had keeps it interesting for everyone.

"After the frustration of not being able to get back into management straight away, taking a little bit of time out, reflecting and then watching games I was itching to get back in.

"So to get this opportunity I've taken it with both hands and I'm thoroughly enjoying it already.

"I like to judge things with my own eyes and that's how I've done it here. I'm excited and hungry to keep working hard to take this club forward."


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