Right-Back Enjoying Riga Sessions
Tony McMahon says José Riga's football philosophy has been pretty clear from his initial training sessions as Blackpool manager.
The right-back, who signed a new deal to stay with The Seasiders last month, has revealed that '90 per cent' of pre-season has involved ball work so far.
"The way he thinks and the way he wants to play football is the right way and it’s obviously enjoyable because 90 per cent of it is football based," he said.
"The manager has put some good sessions on up to now and I’m really enjoying working with him. I can see how exactly how he’s trying to play and what he’s trying to do. Hopefully we see a few new faces and we get moving."
The 28-year-old has already built up a good relationship with the Belgian and has been happy to offer his own insight if required.
"He’s spoken to me quite a lot and asked my opinion on different things, which is great," he admitted. "If he wants to bounce stuff off me, then so be it."
Riga is the first foreign boss that McMahon has worked under in his career and he's found the difference refreshing.
"I’ve worked under English managers only so you expect to come back to fitness tests and a lot of running. We’re getting our fitness from playing games, which as a footballer is miles more enjoyable rather than putting your trainers on and running. We’re getting sharper and the manager wants quick thinking, intelligent footballers. We’re getting better every day with the stuff that we’re doing."
Another change that will come this season involves McMahon's squad number at Blackpool, with the former Sheffield United man reverting to 29.
"That was my first number when I was at Middlesbrough and I’d stuck with it all the way through. My son was born on 29 December so I couldn’t really change it after that. When I came here Banvo had it and I was devastated so I had to wear number 2. I’ve got it back now so I’m happy," he explained.