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6 July 2018

Chris Powell looks ahead to Great Wakering Rovers friendly

- Hard work starts now for the Gaffer
- The aim this season
- Getting players through the door early
- England and Gareth Southgate

Chris Powell previewed the opening pre-season fixture against Great Wakering Rovers on Thursday afternoon.

The Blues boss set his stall out early and made it clear what he is aiming for this coming season.

Powell also spoke about his approach to the Great Wakering fixture, which he confirmed Dru Yearwood, Ted Smith and Rob Kiernan will all miss out on.

On the first week of pre-season...

The players have come back in really good shape and they’ve worked really hard in the sessions we’ve put on, and to be honest I wouldn’t expect anything less. They left here knowing that when they came back they had to be already on their way to fitness because we need to hit the ground running this season because have one aim and one objective.

The objective this season...

It’s quite simple. We want to get out of this division; upwards. End of. There’s no glossing up from me this year, it’s all systems go. I know it’s early, it’s pre-season, but our mindset has to start now and not 4th August.

Getting signings in early...

As a manager, I always feel you need to bring in players as early as you can to get them used to the area, the training ground, the ground, me, my staff and I think it’s important for them to be as settled as they can be.

The approach against Great Wakering...

It will be two different XIs. I’m really pleased for them because I think it’s important that we keep our links with teams in the area and the fans see our new signings and one or two new things about us.

It’s 45 minutes for everyone and we're looking forward to it. Hopefully we can do some good things and get into habits very early. The fitness work by the players has been immense and we see the game as another part of their fitness work. We’re going to work hard on Friday and get ready for the game before we go abroad.

Unfortunately, we will be without Dru Yearwood, who has had a slight recurrence of his injury so he won’t be involved in the game and we won’t take him to Spain, Ted Smith, who had a successful operation and I hope will be ready in a month or two, and Rob Kiernan, who is long term.

On England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of their World Cup Quarter-Final...

I’ve known Gareth [Southgate] for 30 years now and I have always felt that he has the right manner and the right background to do the job. When you come from club management into international management, sometimes you can’t handle it. But because he’s been part of the FA, part of the revamp of how we deal with our young international teams, he is tailor-made for this.

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