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Potter enjoying keeping the players connected

Graham Potter says that staying in contact with his players and staff during recent days via technology has been hugely positive.

By Alex Stedman • 26 March 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter and Dan Burn share a celebration together at the Amex.

Albion’s players have been at home this week and not trained as a group since 16th March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the boss revealed that they’d been doing plenty of work in their own environments to keep morale and spirits high during these testing times. 

He said, “It is just nice to get the group connected so that they can see each other and clock in with each other. 

“It is a nice way for us to keep in contact. The sessions are just a physical workout really, getting the body moving with some programmes. 

“I think it’s important for everybody that we have that. It is a way to keep in contact with each other, to start a little bit of routine. 

“As footballers, they are used to getting up and going to work as a lot of people are and these are different and tough times.

“With this type of technology, we are still holding meetings, speaking to the players, having one-on-ones, coaching meetings, going through the games and taking the time to analyse the season. 

“We want to make sure that when the season starts up, we are ready to go again.”

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Potter highlighted the work that has been done to ensure that the players have the necessary equipment in their homes to keep them fit during the current break from action. 

“It is totally different. We are coaches of football players. It is impossible for us to do that at the moment.

“In terms of my job, I can’t do it. That is the truth. But you have to use the situation as positively as you can. We can still keep in touch with the players, communicate with them and keep them fit and active.  

“This is unprecedented, and we have to adapt. The challenge for everyone is keeping fit and we have been really fortunate because we have been able to get equipment to the guys and have emptied the gym.

“Things like exercise bikes and mats, we have got to the players. They are allowed to exercise but it is a challenge. We do some stuff over Zoom video calling to keep that fitness level up. It is hard, but it is hard for everybody.”

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