Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, last night declared the first phase of his team’s summer training schedule a success, writes James Shield.
Coaching staff and players from the League One club returned home yesterday following a 48 hours stint at Champneys Springs Health Resort in Leicestershire.
Adkins, who arrived at Bramall Lane following successful spells with Scunthorpe and Southampton, said: “Train, eat, recover. Train, eat, recover. That’s what we’ve been doing because this division is a challenge and we respect it totally.
“Basically, it’s all about getting refocused. Letting the lads know that their holidays are over now.
“It’s pre-season and we’re back to work.”
Adkins, who boasts four promotions on his CV, added: “We’ve got an ambition and a target of what we want to achieve. But there’s no guarantees and it’s all about hard work.
“We’ve been here (Champneys) nine years running at the same time of year and it’s always served us well.”
Meanwhile, Partick Thistle want to sign Scunthorpe’s Lyle Taylor on a permanent basis. Taylor, previously of United, has twice represented the Scottish club on loan.
Alan Archibald, the Thistle manager, confirmed: “It is something we’ve asked about but it is up to Scunthorpe.
“We need to see where we are from there and then after that it depends whether Lyle wants to come back.
“We’ve got other targets as well, we can’t wait forever for Lyle. We need to try and fill that gap.
“If we get someone and we’re really happy with that then we’ll have to go with it but first and foremost we would like to get Lyle back. But as I say it is not up to us, it is up to Scunthorpe.”