LES PARRY believes Tranmere are Šfinding two voices better than one as they plough through a fortnight of training ground work designed to put the winning edge back into the team.
Assistant manager Kevin Summerfield and coach John McMahon operate in tandem Što set the routines and disciplines each day and Parry said: “The lads’ response has been brilliant.”
Rovers return to League One action with a home game against MK Dons on Saturday, two weeks after their last outing, a 3-0 defeat at Exeter City, left them without a win in six league and cup games and Šfive points adrift of the play-off places.
Parry said: “Being without a game last weekend we have been able to put in a lot of work on the training ground. It is important the coaches make the work interesting. That’s one of the reasons I insist on having two coaches.
“I’ve seen in the past when you just have the manager – and there are not many managers today who do any coaching, even here – you just see the first-team coach taking training every day.
“It does not matter how good they are. It is still a bit like Groundhog Day every morning. Our two coaches Kevin and John are both excellent, both UEFA pro license, so they can change things a bit for the lads. I think that makes them more responsive.”
The reverse at Exeter had Parry admitting his side had lost some of the qualities that saw them pressing at the edge of the play-off zone at the end of October.
Parry said: “Both coaches have been commenting about how sharp the lads have looked.
“They have had to do a little bit more running than they normally would do because they did not have a game last weekend. And they’ve just been getting on with it.”
Parry added: “We have a group of players who, on the whole, want to learn because the core of our squad is young. They want to improve themselves.
“If we do four different drills on the training ground, each coach will take two drills each and go alternatively. We also involve (Head of Youth) Shaun Garnett when we do position specific drills. So Shaun might work with the defenders, Kevin might do some finishing and John might work with the midfielders.”
The modest size of Tranmere’s senior squad means trainees from the youth set-up aged 16 to 18 often work with the full-time professionals.
Parry explained: “When we work 11 v 11 we don’t have enough professionals to play two full teams so we have to involve the youngsters. It’s a benefit for them, although it’s a bit nervy for the youngest ones sometimes.
“If we say to Shaun we need a right back and the right back is a first-year trainee who was not trained with the first team before, he is generally a bag of nerves.”