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Hurst: It's Interesting to See People's Characters
Thursday, 5th Jul 2018 09:28

Town boss Paul Hurst says this week’s training camp in Spain gives him the chance to learn about the players’ characters.

Hurst, assistant Chris Doig, new fitness coach Nathan Winder and Chris Skitt, who joined the physio staff from Shrewsbury last week, have been working the squad hard at the Pinatar Arena Football Center, San Pedro del Pinatar, near Murcia.

“[This is] for me to get a first impression,” Hurst told iFollow Ipswich. “We had last week, but this is a tough week, three sessions [a day] starting with the run in the morning and it’s interesting to really see people’s characters.

“When things are going well and things are easy, everyone can play. I’m looking for people who can I rely on when the going gets tough, who is going to go in the trenches with us because we’ll need that over the course of the season.

“I think this week’s training is starting to highlight those things to me. But I have to say in general the lads have worked extremely hard and we’re now at a point where they’ve got two sessions [on Thursday], then an afternoon to themselves, which I’m sure they’ll be grateful for, before we go again on Friday.”

Among those in Spain are Emyr Huws, Teddy Bishop and Dean Gerken, who all missed the latter stages of last season due to injury, and Kane Vincent-Young, who is a free agent having turned down a contract with Colchester.

Hurst, who so far has signed Trevoh Chalobah, who turns 19 today, on loan from Chelsea and free agent former Crawley winger Jordan Roberts on a permanent basis, says the process of looking to add to the squad has continued during the week away.

“The phone’s busy, looking at players,” he added. “[Head analyst] Will [Stephenson]’s out here as well, helping on that side. We’ve got people back home working hard and, in truth, it never really stops.

“We try and focus on the training when possible, give the players the attention and then in between get on the phone and pick up conversations and see if there’s been any progress made.”

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corfu72 added 09:34 - Jul 5
Sounds good to me.👍

martin587 added 09:38 - Jul 5
Good to see the attention to detail in training.Lets hope all goes to plan.Looks as though Paul and his team are doing a thoroughly good job so far.

Marcus added 09:38 - Jul 5
Hard working players who are reliable "going into the trenches". PH must be glad he's taken over from Mick McCarthy as he also likes players like that, we were short of them before Mick. However it seems he likes to encourage players to express themselves more and work to their qualities rather than to a strict structure. I really hope this is what will turn things upwards. Needing decent wingers has been a problem for a generation of players, I hope he can find those who will really make some impact, that could really make games worth watching.

chicoazul added 09:43 - Jul 5
I really really hope this means Huws and Bish are fit to play when we start. Those two could make such a huge difference if they can get and stay fit.

PortmanTerrorist added 09:55 - Jul 5
Whilst i agree that getting into the "trenches" was what Mick expected of his teams, i always thought we lacked the characters who individually personified that on the pitch with the odd exception. Basically we have lacked leaders for years and am sure PH is looking for that type of characteristic as much as anything.....and makes it interesting to see who ends up with the armband ! I can't see beyond Chambers, but would love it if PH proved me wrong either sees something in someone else, or brings someone in.

Currie10 added 09:58 - Jul 5
If Mick had said this - "going into the trenches" - at ANY point of his reign here even day 1, 6 months in etc he would have been called an absolute dinosaur etc.

So because we sign an up and coming manager from a lower league, who is spouting several things similar to Mick, that's okay!?

For what it's worth - I'm pleased Mick's gone. Also Hurt/ Clarke of Bristol Rovers were my two stand outs for the job - delighted to have Hurst.

Think a very very difficult season ahead, however hope Hurst can form his squad and give some youth a chance.

I'd happily take around 16th right now with several youth breaking in.

C O Y B :)

pennblue added 10:07 - Jul 5
PortmanTerrorist - agree totally with your comment. For me, there is a lack of players that have that desire to win, Waggy and Bart excused from that. Too many happy to put in a 'shift' and take the money.

StokeHigh97 added 10:20 - Jul 5
Certainly get the impression Hurst is more Hands on with transfers: you get the impression more likely with him than McCarthy to land his targets: everything he has said is encouraging I'm sure there will be 3/4 new faces by August just got to be patience:

johnno added 10:24 - Jul 5
Give it a rest McCarthy is history he’s Gone good Riddins for Christ sake move on New manager New Era in Itfc future .

algarvefan added 10:27 - Jul 5
I really like this guy, slackness abounded under MM and some lifestyle issues. I am for the first time, in a long time, hopeful about our future. Some players will fall by the wayside but I would love to see a team of players who give 110%, something that has been missing.

runningout added 10:48 - Jul 5
think the players did try when Mick was here. We limited our own threats

TR11BLU added 11:54 - Jul 5
Why the constant references and comparisons with MM, hes gone, get over it move on....

oldelsworthyfan added 12:03 - Jul 5
Maybe Waggy as Captain? Hasn't done Kane any harm.

oldelsworthyfan added 12:08 - Jul 5
........and let an international like Knudson or even Bialkowski organise the defence of set pieces (which Chambers has not done well)?

runningout added 13:19 - Jul 5
there are some ropey below average players about with International caps to their name

itfcserbia added 16:04 - Jul 5
Currie10 - Mick was called a dinosaur because he played his teams like a dinosaur. This man does not play his teams like a dinosaur so he is not being called a dinosaur. As simple as that. Maybe "going into trenches" does not mean play 7 defensive players and hope to nick one in?

BeattiesBackPocket added 16:23 - Jul 5
@Currie10 sorry but i'm calling B*****S on that comment. He was dong this at the start and noone battered an eyelid its only when someone KEEPS doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result and still 6 years later saying and doing the same things that hasn't worked when people criticize and rightly so! (And the players have admitted to Hurst they were getting bored of the Ireland trip the other day)

therein61 added 16:26 - Jul 5
I'm pleased that he is taking a look at how the players character is coming through during a good hard slog, and obviously he is taking notes (so last seasons fav's have to work their nuts off well as everyone else I can see a couple of them not getting the special treatment this season and rightly so!!) hopefully this training regime will not result in so many injuries as in the past few seasons(which has been unacceptable!)

Currie10 added 16:28 - Jul 5

pazzy added 17:25 - Jul 5
chambers is a great captain when are people going to stop knocking him he does a great job for the team and the club

cat added 18:21 - Jul 5
Pazzy - spot on, Chambers is a great captain, unfortunately that don’t make him a good footballer.
Anyone on here who disagrees on the footballing part are either seriously deluded or inept at telling who can actually play the beautiful game. HOOF

budgieplucker added 18:26 - Jul 5
I think we all need to chill a bit.

Most people endorsed the Hurst appointment and like MM I very much get the impression he isn’t put off by the “gig” and understands the constraints.

The magical Robson team of the 80’s was the result of putting together a unique set of players that all had different and wonderful attributes which when combined produced an exciting and sincilating product. Most of these players would have got in any of the teams of the day.

However, I think we have to dismiss our dreams to recreate this era and we have to look further back for our inspiration to the Ramsey era where most of the town team wouldn’t have made it in any of the top teams at the beginning of the title winning season. To win the top flight at the first attempt with a collection of mainly unknown lower league acquisitions was a masterful achievement and hence Alf was dubbed the father of modern football, how he reshaped the way players played the game and introduced tactics never been seen before removing traditional half backs and inside forwards into different roles.

Now PH has already stated that there is no new formation that hasn’t been tried. However, Mick saw players as full backs or wingers or central defenders or strikers and this somewhat has constraining factors. Mick often changed formation on his demand during games. He at times played full backs as wing backs although these players struggled to be more than a full back plying their trade a little further up the pitch.

Of course it is helpful to have a mix of experienced players in the line up and even one or two special players. Tottenham we’re cited as an example in an earlier thread and how when the two wing backs push up to play a winger role the defensive midfielder drops back to a centre back role.

Continental models often train their youngsters first and foremost to be good footballers and then pen them into positions later, we tend to spot players by their physical attributes and typecast them into traditional positions to earlier.

Without being disrespectful to MM, I sense PH is a more subtlety intelligent coach and man, he doesn’t have an ego and will have a clear vision in his mind of developing a team that can dynamically change formation during a match between 4 3 3; 3 4 3; 3 5 2, 4 4 2; etc. The players will do this instinctively based on their “press” and “zonal responsibilities”.

I therefore think we may be looking for a few good flexible players like the lad from Colchester and Fulham. We need to give PH some trust and time without moaning about potential signings who may be relatively unknown. If only we could get another Ted Phillips from Leiston!!!

tractorboybig added 19:12 - Jul 5
the jury is out, verdict after 5 to 6 games.

wilnisfan added 04:54 - Jul 6
I think it can mean something vastly different to what we've seen with Mick. Perhaps there is a need for players to have courage to continue playing football, even when we are playing against teams who are more experienced or have better quality. To make sure we continue making runs for each other, to pass forward instead of sideways, these things are linked to teammates being there for each other. We need players who can adapt and are willing to take on new ideas which maybe vastly different from what they have had before.

Could this explain the injection of youth rather than old pro's. And the suggestion from Hurst that any players who cannot handle the training will be out?

bobble added 09:09 - Jul 6
a good manager would make bart captain....

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