It’s nearly the start of the season and as most teams come to an end of their pre-season campaign’s. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things Brian Barry-Murphy should have his team working on before the season gets underway.
Rochdale haven’t had a bad pre-season run and it’s looking like new manager, Brian Barry-Murphy has adapted to his role well. The players are also looking as if they have been motivated by their new manager.
The Dale faced one last friendly against Hyde United before they can start their new season and there will surely be a few training sessions to come before we get to see their League campaign. With that in mind, here are two things that Brian Barry-Murphy should have his lads working on this week.
Proving that he’s a very organised man in charge, Murphy released his youthful squad that will face Hyde United a day before the game would take place. He has a very young and fresh line up which will give him the chance to see Rochdale’s youngsters in action and how they handle the pressure.
While this gives the senior squad members rest and keeps them from injury before the start of the season, it also gives Brian Barry-Murphy a chance to pick out the best. He will have the likes of 16-year-old Luke Matheson and 18-year-old Fabio Tavares aiming to impress. If any of the youth can live up to senior squad standards, they should be put through their paces in the last training sessions of the summer.
This summer has seen scholarship players such as Harrison Hopper, Lewis Bradley and Fabio Tavares sign professional contracts. It has also seen new players like Jimmy Ryan sign for the club. Robert Sanchez has also signed for Dale on loan from Brighton.
It seems a lot of changes have been made within the squad and there will definitely be more as the season goes on. However, this will be a test for Brian Barry-Murphy as he will have to get these new and young players to adapt to senior football and to be a part of a new team. Hopefully, he will use these next few training sessions before the season starts to get the team gelling and flowing nicely.