Waddock: Pompey pre-season unaffected

Gary Waddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gary Waddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Rose in action against AFC Wimbledon last season. Picture: Joe Pepler

Date set for Pompey’s Carabao Cup first-round tie against AFC Wimbledon

  • Pompey players given training programmes ahead of June 29 return
  • Waddock wants six pre-season games, with Hawks and Bognor already fixed
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Gary Waddock insists it’s business as usual for Pompey’s pre-season preparations, despite having no manager at the tiller.

The Blues head into the summer with their boss situation still to be resolved, a timescale hampered by the play-offs.

We had a meeting with the players on Tuesday and they have now gone away with their individual programmes and told to report back for June 29

Gary Waddock

Regardless, Waddock and his staff have stepped up to take charge of the close-season plans during the ongoing void.

The caretaker manager is targeting six summer friendlies, including the Hawks, Bognor and Gosport as opposition.

In addition, the playing squad have been sent away with individually-tailored training programmes to follow ahead of their Monday, June 29 return.

However, there are currently no plans for a tour, that will instead be left to the discretion of the in-coming manager.

And Waddock is confident the Fratton Park staff have everything in place to ensure the players are not affected.

He said: ‘Pre-season plans have been taken care of by the staff.

‘It is business as usual, the organisation has been carried out and everything is in place.

‘It is no different as it would be if a manager was in place, it is under control and there is no need to panic.

‘We had a meeting with the players on Tuesday and they have now gone away with their individual programmes and told to report back for June 29.

‘When they return, they will be in the right physical condition and good shape for a pre-season, even if some don’t come back to this football club.

‘There has been input from myself, Paul Hardyman, Louis Langdown (lead strength and conditioning coach) and all of the staff, who have remained professional.

‘These plans have been drawn up in the last couple of weeks, so there is nothing to worry about.’

In terms of fixtures, a pre-season opener against the Hawks (July 11) has already been announced, while there is a trip to Bognor (July 17).

A Gosport date is also in the pipeline as one of four other proposed fixtures.

Waddock added: ‘We would like six matches during the summer.

‘A few have been confirmed, we are just waiting on others to come back to us, while there will be no matches at Fratton Park because of the pitch work.

‘However, there is no tour or time away presently factored into our plans.

‘That will be down to when we have a manager in place and what he wants to organise.’