Hello everyone and welcome to my first Blog here on theOfficial Website.
My plan is to write a piece each week to keep you all up to
date on what is going on at the Club on the football side of things and ensure youare all involved as we make progress back towards playing again.
I suppose one of the biggest issues at the moment, going
alongside the overall concern, is the uncertainty. It's difficult to know whatwe can expect next in this country and across the world.
From our perspective, all you can do is plan based around
the information and advice you have and what might happen further down the line
once we're all more comfortable. The uncertainty means that our decision-makingis very reactive.
We have put a plan in place around training continuing as
best as possible, knowing that eventually there has to be a chance that the
country could be placed under lockdown like we've seen in other places aroundthe world. Things are developing hourly so you have to be ready to change.
We made the decision after Tuesday's training session that
we would send the lads home. They have sessions to be getting on with and we can
monitor them doing that via an App we have so that will take them through the
weekend, though we had always planned to be off Thursday to Monday anyway. Wecan assess where we are after that.
We've worked hard to get the players to the physical levels
they are now, we've pushed them every single week and used the GPS monitoring
as our guide for training. From that we have had no muscle injuries which hasbeen really pleasing but we have to plan for games to restart from 4th
April until we're told otherwise. Whether that happens or not we're unsure, but
we have to keep the players physically safe so that, when we do come back, wedon't lose people to potential muscle injuries.
We had an in-house game among the squad on the pitch at
Victoria Park on Tuesday. Ideally, we would have played against another club
but obviously the situation dictates that it was impractical and playing it at
The Vic meant we had full control over the environment and what the playerscome up against.
It was important to get game time for the likes of Lorne Bickley
and Michael Raynes, who has been back in training with us after a thigh injury
but it's now time to try and get him back to where he needs to be physically toplay games and what he does in a match situation.
We did four 15-minute blocks really and I was in control of
the watch so was able to stop it when the ball went out of play and that meant
we were able to get more or less a match load out of them, collectively andindividually, during the course of the session.
We've giving the responsibility to the players now and we need
them to be responsible and professional during this uncertain period. We have
gone through the NHS and Government guidelines and given them the three
sessions to do while they're away from us so hopefully they all do that diligentlyand safely. We trust them to do that until we see evidence to the contrary!
From a wider perspective, it's quite a strange scenario for
me. As much as you want to be around, I am an asthma sufferer myself so perhapsat a greater risk than some other people at this moment in time.
The situation is so weird and unlike anything else any of us
have ever been through though and you just hope that everybody stays as safe as
possible and this virus can pass by quickly and cause as little damage as
possible. It feels almost like being in a film right now, it's all surreal so
we can only cross our fingers, look after each other while we make the best ofthe horrible situation we find ourselves in.
In terms of passing the time, I am not sure what I am going
to do. I guess there will be a lot of watching television, films and things
like that. I will try to read some books and do some CPD work from a managementand coaching point of view.
Other than that, I am actually just about to stick Netflix
on now – I am watching 6 Underground at the minute. However, I need to find a
series I can really get my teeth in to so if any Pools fans have good suggestionsthen I am all ears!
Keep safe, everyone – I will be back with another updatesoon.