Kevin Blackwell reflects on a busy week with new players arriving
‘ We've been training at Stockport Sports Village this week, so have had to go through a 40 minute journey just to get there. They have a facility there that is clear of snow and I have found it to be very impressive.
We haven’t been on grass since the MK Dons game, and haven’t trained on grass for around six weeks now apart from three days. It’s rain, snow or frost. I’ve never taken so much notice of the weather forecast before I came here. I knew before I came here that the facilities at Lower Gigg don’t like bad weather, and sure enough that’s how it worked out. Its finding a facility to train on but we are managing it at the moment.
The lads are chomping at the bit now having not played in a few weeks. Not playing like this does knock you of your stride. We’ve trained on a five a side court at the Trafford Centre. Football is not played on a five a side pitch, so as much fitness work as you try to get in, it doesn’t expand your game.
These are the things that we know about and that we get on with. The lads though are really looking forward to getting out on a big pitch and playing.
The forecast is for heavy snow on Friday in the west midlands, it’s just when the warm front comes in and turns it to rain, and then of course it will turn everywhere flooded.
We’ve brought players into the club this week, two are old faces and they are here because they know the place. I haven’t got the time to bring players in and ingratiate them into how this clubs works. They know the place and that’s a big thing for us.
Nicky Ajose has lost his way a little and we can help him get it back on track, if we can get him back how he was, then he will prove to be a valuable signing. He needs to have a platform, and where better than at the same club that he produced his best form to get the move in the first place. We are trying to unearth diamonds here, and with 20 games left we will do what we can. He is a Bury boy and needed to get back home. It ticks his boxes and he ticks our boxes.
Stephane Zubar has come in until the end of the season, there is a recall clause in the deal but hopefully they won’t recall him. He’s been there and done it, knows the division, he’s strong and quick. The two centre halves that we have, have given me everything this season and I can’t thank them enough for that, but I had to make a decision and I’ve done that.
The transfer window was key for me; unfortunately the embargo took two weeks away from us. We did some forward planning, but the two strikers we wanted we couldn’t get because they have gone somewhere else. We have looked at the options that were available and Nicky is one that was high up there. We had 5 or 6 options and I am still looking for another striker.
The players we have brought in must be able to multi task, not one that can do a job elsewhere, but one that has to be able to do a good job in other positions. Nicky will be both a main striker and will be playing out wide; we may even use him as a sweeper if we need to. ‘
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