Gary Bowyer says Blackpool’s time away training in Scotland has once again been very productive.
The Seasiders are four days in to a six day stint up in St Andrews and the fitness work and setting has proved ideal ahead of the big kick-off next month.
“Coming away has been great for us. It’s a venue that we know ever so well – we’ve been here the previous two years – and it has served us very well,” the manager admitted. “The people up here are great, the facilities are fantastic, and you can get some really good work in, which we’ve done. It has also enabled the new lads to bond with the ones already here.
“The standard of the work and the programme that has been put together by Phil Greenwood and Phil Horner for pre-season has been fantastic so far. It’s been a very productive trip.”
On the team’s return to Blackpool, a behind-closed-doors game will be played away in midweek, prior to four public pre-season fixtures taking place. As usual, they will be nothing more than a fitness exercise, as the new players look to integrate into the manager’s style of play.
“For me, the games are irrelevant to a certain extent in terms of results. If you asked me how we got on last pre-season then I couldn’t really tell you,” Bowyer said.
“It’s about the training, it’s about the fitness and it’s about the timings. If you’re fortunate enough to pick up some wins on the way then it doesn’t do any harm, but the main thing is getting everybody fit and ready for that first game of the season.”