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No switching off

28 June 2017

Kevin Nolan admits it has been strange having to adapt to pre-season preparations from a managerial perspective rather than a playing perspective.

The former Leyton Orient boss is overseeing his first full campaign in charge of a club and says it has taken some getting used to.

"I wasn't liking the first few weeks, having to deal with agents and receiving a lot of texts and phone calls, but it's something I have to learn to deal with if I am to be a successful manager," he said.

"It has been a strange summer because I have not been able to switch off, which I used to do as a player.

"There were usually three-to-four weeks I would spend away from football and not really think about it but it was constantly on my mind this summer.

"Since I have been back in, I have got the bug back and I'm really looking forward to the opening day of the season against Coventry."

The squad will return for pre-season training on Friday 30 June and Nolan is ensuring preparation for the new campaign will be thorough.

"This will be my 19th pre-season but there is still plenty of life in the old dog yet!" he laughed.

"Comparing pre-season from when I started out at 16 with how it is nowadays, things are totally different.

"Usually on the first day people would be sick and, if you weren't, the coaches would work you until you were! Everything has changed now with sports science and so on.

"We have a great pre-season planned for the lads and I just hope they are doing their own work in the off-season so they can come in and hit the ground running because we don't have an awful lot of time.

"From day one it will be tough for the boys but I'm looking forward to seeing them again," he added.

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