You don’t get much rest in this job - but I absolutely love it!
I’m up and out of the house by 5.30am most mornings. I like to get to the training ground first and get my work done without any distractions - because once the players and staff start coming in, there’s a constant knock on my door.
I’ll go through the game myself on a Sunday and then again with my staff on Monday morning. We’ll pick out clips, positives and negatives, which we’ll then work on throughout the week.
Monday’s training is usually a recovery day for the lads that have played at the weekend. The ones that didn’t play will do a fitness session to top them up.
On a Tuesday with no midweek game we’ll do a lot of possession and fitness based stuff. Keeping the ball is a big part of our game, and we want the players to be able to keep it when they get tired.
Wednesday’s typically a day off for the lads, unless we’ve played the night before. This week though I was up at 5.30am as usual! I had some work to do on set pieces, and planning how best to combat Brighton.
I like a Wednesday because generally there’s not many people at the training ground. It gives me a good three or four hours to really go through things.
When I do get some time to myself, I just love spending some time with my three kids because I don’t see them very often. There’s many occasion they’ll be in bed when I leave home and they’ll be in bed when I get in at night. This week, for instance, I went to games on Monday and Tuesday night. It’s nice to see the wife now and then too!
So it’s busy but I love it. I’ve said all along, and I said it as a player, I want to work as hard as I can to get myself and my team where I want them to go.
On a Thursday I’ll meet the press and then we’ll start looking intensely at the opposition. A Friday’s all about us. We’ll work on team shape and split the lads into defensive and offensive units, then bring it all together.
When we’ve got a long journey, like this weekend, we’ll set off early on a Friday, hopefully miss the traffic, and train somewhere half way down. Today we’ll train at QPR, finish at about 3pm and then head to Brighton. We’ll have another team meeting on Friday evening and then it’s early to bed for the players. I might allow myself a glass of wine! Then it’s down to business on a Saturday.
*Paul Dickov was talking to Paul Goodwin. Listen to the full audio interview above.