Owls: Sheffield Wednesday players face summer of sweat, vows Megson

Owls Manager: Gary Megson.

Owls Manager: Gary Megson.

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GARY Megson will stick to a tried and trusted formula when he whips his Sheffield Wednesday side into shape for next season.

GARY Megson will stick to a tried and trusted formula when he whips his Sheffield Wednesday side into shape for next season.

He will rely on old-fashioned hard graft spread over a period of five and a half weeks.

Players can expect a gruelling time after they report back for pre-season training on June 29.

Megson is not a big fan of hi-tech training aids and thinks that simple, physical effort provides the necessary bedrock of fitness.

“You do vary the work with different ideas as things move on but I’m not one for computers or heart-rate monitors and just football-specific training; it’s hard work that matters,” he said.

“It seems to work for (amateur) boxers. They only fight for three rounds but they go running for two and a half hours every morning.

“We’ve got to have the right base of fitness, so that when players are playing, if they don’t put in the required amount of effort it’s not because they can’t, it’s because they won’t - and that won’t happen more than once.”

Megson will not stand for anything less than 100 per cent effort - a point he has made several times since becoming manager.

He has already vowed that no team will be fitter than the Owls next season.

Megson has also pointed to the benefits that players can enjoy from ultra fitness. He and some of the others who played for Wednesday when Howard Wilkinson’s tough regime was in force went on to play until their mid-30s at least.

Runs in the Ewden Valley area, near Stocksbridge, were a feature of those sessions in the 80s.

A variation that Megson is about to employ is the occasional use of the weight-training facilities and sprint track at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

A pre-season training period of five and a half weeks has been favoured by Megson at his previous clubs.

Rob Jones and David Prutton will be undergoing their first pre-season with him and the club, and it likely that other new signings will be present by the time work gets under way.The schedule includes a week in Austria.

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