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'I want to take trialists on tour'

31 May 2013

City boss Steven Pressley also wants a squad which lives and breathes the club...

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says he has been hard at work with his coaching staff over the summer to implement an overhauled training regime that he says will push his squad to "eat, breathe and drink Coventry City."

The Sky Blues are due to report for pre-season screening on June 28, squeezing in their first friendly against Nuneaton Town on Saturday, July 13 before jetting out for a rigorous pre-season training camp in the Netherlands the next day.

Pressley says he wants to continue making headway in integrating a passing philosophy amongst his squad ahead of the start of the 2013/14 League One campaign but, just as importantly, he wants his players to be take pride in all aspects of their work to breed a successful mentality.

"It will be a different kind of training regime next season and one that will bring a real professionalism and real drive to the football club," Pressley said.

"I've had a lot of discussions with the coaching staff over the summer to put plans in place for when the players return.

"It will be a very structured regime based around cycles of work designed to get the best out of the squad because I want them to eat, breathe and drink Coventry City, that's what I want here.

"Ultimately family life and time away from the pitch is very important but I want players that will be totally committed to this club and the training regime and the culture around it will place an emphasis on that.

"I want it to be a proper working environment that breeds success."

Pressley added that, despite the club currently being under an imposed transfer embargo, he was hard at working identifying player targets ahead of the new season to allow him to move quickly once the club is given the green light to start adding to the squad.

He also said he would possibly look at taking one or two trialists along with the team when they depart for their pre-season tour of Holland on July 14.

"I make take one or two trialists out with us but we've already identified quite a few players and we're making progress and we're optimistic that we can bring in the right player to give us an opportunity  to be a side to be reckoned with next season.

"When you recruit any player it's not just about footballing ability but also about character, determination and work ethic and the plans we've laid out over the summer will give me an opportunity to assess that."

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