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A very interesting feature in the Guardian on Mancini's fitness programme at City ( in which the former conditioning coach Raymond Verheijen criticises the current Eastlands methods, which appear to have a touch of the Archie Knox about them.

RV reckons that, under Mark Hughes, "City played each game with the same team. The team had the best Prozone [computer data] statistics of the Premier League during the first part of the season. The players had the highest number of sprints and the highest total sprinting distance of all the Premier League teams." This doesn't bode too well for us against Fulham.

Has anyone any idea what sort of day-to-day programme Moyes and Round oversee at Finch Farm? Nothing too facetious, please!
Guy Hastings, east sussex     Posted 23/09/2010 at 22:34:25

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Michael Kenrick
1   Posted 24/09/2010 at 01:04:47

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Let's see...

Tracking back

Keeping shape

Defending high balls

Defending low balls


Closing down


Er... what's missing?


David Hallwood
2   Posted 24/09/2010 at 01:06:40

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Closing down Michael. Where and when??
Gerry Quinn
3   Posted 24/09/2010 at 02:22:14

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Right lads, let's try to find a lone attacker with a really high hoof-ball from defence - 70yds, 80 yards, 90 yards - OK - now everybody move back from midfield - the opposition has the ball!
Gerry Quinn
4   Posted 24/09/2010 at 02:25:02

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I have been fortunate to watch the training in pre-season here in the USA on 4 different occasions over the years. The sessions have always been the same.........
First - start off with flexing, stretching, etc.
Second - running, sprinting,round the perimeter, etc., in different groups.
Thirdly - defensive moves practised - free kicks, corners, etc.
Fourth - appeared to be short square passing in a limited space with "piggy-in-the-middle".
Fifth - five-a-side on an extremely short pitch - players swapping out quick succession
Last - warm-down

No hoof-ball practised! No long passing, etc practised.

What do they normally do at Finch farm?
Marc Williams
5   Posted 24/09/2010 at 08:45:24

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9AM : Pukka Pies delivery van turns up for it's first delivery of the day for the Yak.

9.10 AM : Ozzy tries eating 3 weetabix in a vain attempt to build up enough strength to kick a ball.

9.15AM : Moyes & Round sit down with a sorter & 11 blue, pink & white shapes & spend the next two hours trying to fit the pieces into their correct positions, failing miserably. At 10.30 AM there's an unhappy incident where Moyes actually puts a square peg in Round's hole ...ouch !!!

9.15AM - 11.15 AM : Pienaar phones round estate agents in London, whilst the rest just do their usual routine.......
mostly drifting around aimlessly without direction or motivation.

11.15AM Second Pukka pie van delivery for the Yak.

11.30AM : The chairman pops in to tell the players how lovely they all are & David what a great job he's doing...
"Oh & by the way, the players in that video you lent me WOW !"

11.31 AM : Proper work starts now as the team undertake games of :

1# Passing for beginners ( More remidial school than School of science )
2# Find the stiker (Just where is he hiding today ?)
3# Where's the defence ?
4# Who can hoof it highest

11.50AM Yak leaves early for lunch & Moyes leave's for his daily chore of cleaning Sir Alex's car over at Carrington.
As he rinses his sponge he looks depressed, after all.... he's been "Worried for some time" he may not get the Man' Utd job after all !

Mike Gwyer
6   Posted 24/09/2010 at 09:41:45

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Fitting Osman into Saturday's game plan, then getting annoyed as to why Tim Howard can't play up front with Arteta dropping back as goal keeper.

Thomas Christensen
7   Posted 24/09/2010 at 10:06:03

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Come on Michael 2 glaring misses from your list!!

- Hoofball practice - longest 'hoofer' makes the team
- Lunging tackle practice. This class is taken by Distin, it is about getting really high, two footed lunges, but missing ball and player so they don't get sent off...
Tommy Coleman
8   Posted 24/09/2010 at 10:08:03

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Ha Ha. Very good fellas.
Charles King
9   Posted 24/09/2010 at 09:52:46

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"Hey Davey.
I've got Barcelona on tape here......"

"Nice one Roundie baby, get the lads them the Messi clip."

"The clever goals or the creative passing one Dave?"

"No. The lazy fucker not trackin' back one......"

"Hey Roundie, has Richard Dodd called?
Gotta keep in touch with the fans .....keep it real"
Guy Hastings
10   Posted 24/09/2010 at 10:45:57

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So much for 'nothing too facetious'!
Dave Brierley
11   Posted 24/09/2010 at 10:50:59

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Marc #5 You have a future as a comedy writer. Loved it. And as Commercial Director for Pukka I'd like to thank yourself and the Yak for your continued support and exposure.
David Thomas
12   Posted 24/09/2010 at 12:14:31

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I can't believe we have not had a my mate's dad's brother's friend's cousin works at Everton type post yet telling us exactly what everton actually do in training yet. Maybe someone should get hold of Robbie Keane's brother and ask him.
David Alexander
13   Posted 24/09/2010 at 12:52:41

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I've no idea about the training at Finch Farm but I thought that Knox's and Smith's problem was they miserably failed to get the players properly fit as all they did was ball work and from the article Mancini seems to be over-training his team.

Still, nice to see that were not the only team with injury problems.
Michael Evans
14   Posted 24/09/2010 at 13:27:46

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Marc Williams@5 - class !
Shaun Brennan
15   Posted 24/09/2010 at 13:37:11

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Robbie Keane's brother said Robbie's always been a Evertonian, along with Celtic and Liverpool.
Jamie Tulacz
16   Posted 24/09/2010 at 13:44:16

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Marc Williams (5) ? brilliant funniest thing I've read in ages!

To be fair to us, I think generally our fitness is one of our strong points; we do seem to score a fair number of goals towards the end of games.
Nick Entwistle
17   Posted 24/09/2010 at 14:21:48

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Who can kick the ball the furthest competition?
Ray Robinson
18   Posted 24/09/2010 at 14:58:13

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To adapt a joke from the World Cup involving a certain England keeper and "striker", there must be a slot for goalie practice.

In a 3 hour session involving a over 1000 attempts on goal, Mucha and Howard never let a single goal in. Tony Hibbert commented that he was "completely knackered " afterwards.

I suppose the real joke is that you could substitute the "real" forwards for Hibbert at the moment.
Stephen Kenny
19   Posted 24/09/2010 at 17:35:11

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Roundie baby??? I really, really hope Moyes talks like that in private.
Ian Smitham
20   Posted 24/09/2010 at 22:41:14

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Marc (no5) just brilliant, thank you


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