Despite the football season having not started properly yet, July has been one hectic month for me! I’ve jetted off to both America and Marbella, been busy with Future Foxes, K Kong and appeared on Sky TV!
American Soccer seems to be getting bigger and bigger all the time and I was asked to go and help to coach groups of 12-14 year olds and 15-17 year olds in Atlanta. After working with them for 6 hours a day, I found that their technical ability, skill level and professionalism were way ahead of what I had expected. English football is changing, along with the way it is being coached; from grassroots and academies through to professionals. The FA has recognised this and there is a whole new innovative development taking place that will shape the future of the game we love.
I really appreciated my trip to the USA, and learned a lot. I have come home still with the belief that the English Premier League is the best in the world, and somewhere that LCFC needs to be! I don’t think I’ve met anyone who has been inspired by our summer dealings, and the owners have made a statement with a tight budget this year. Unless some of the big earners are off the wage list, not much transfer action is going to happen.
I haven’t really had a chance to follow this year’s pre-season games, so until LCFC’s match against Monaco I hadn’t seen what teams Nigel Pearson had been experimenting with. The result against Monaco wasn’t great, but we have to remember that match was more about testing the player’s fitness and trying out different players and formations. I think that the 3-5-2 formation has the potential to work for us. It was a Martin O’Neill bread and butter formation because he put together exactly the right players to play it. We currently look to have the right players to play this way, but the defenders and centre halves need to know how to function with this system properly. It takes good understanding of the formation to make it work, but I didn’t see this against Monaco. I felt as if our players gave them too much respect and didn’t commit to the match. They’ve spent in excess of £124 million on players, and that was our opportunity to dig deep and get stuck in, give them a run for their money. Good players that are given time and space will score goals, and that’s what happened; for Monaco.
Our friendly against Northampton wasn’t an ideal result either, but now we just need Nigel Pearson to make sure he starts with the best 11 at Middlesbrough. We all know that LCFC needs a big start to this season, and this year’s league is going to be tough. There is a strong rumour going round that the gaffer will not be given the entire season to prove that this is a promotion contending squad again, so we must be quick out of the blocks.
As you probably all know, I worked with Sky for Leicester’s game against Monaco, which was a great way for me to start the season off. I have also been called up to work at Wembley for the FA Community Shield match; Man U vs. Wigan. This should be a great game and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m just gutted that Leicester moved their first home match to that Sunday as I am now going to miss it!!
I’ve got a couple of events coming up with K Kong, places for my 5-a-side are filling up fast so make sure you book a team ASAP!
Good luck to everyone at LCFC, Nigel Pearson and all the players! I really hope you can kick-off this season with a bang!