Getting players to turn up for training is half the battle. Then, after you’ve spent days ringing round, harassing and cajoling, they actually turn up on a cold, wet Tuesday night, expecting you to deliver a session that wouldn’t look out of place at London Colney. Awkward.
So, what now? How hard should you work? What sort of things should you focus on? These are questions that need answering.
More after the break
Thankfully, we spoke to Tottenham’s first team fitness coach, Nathan Gardiner, to help you plan ahead and avoid pelters from the players.
Watch this video to hear his expert advice.
Nathan Gardiner was speaking at the Science + Football Conference. This year's conference is on Sunday, April 12 at St George's Park. For more information visit www.scienceandfootball.com.
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