Morecambe boss struggles with planning ahead

Morecambe manager Derek Adams admits it’s difficult to plan ahead until football knows what it’s doing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 11:45 am
Morecambe manager Derek Adams

At present, the EFL and Premier League have opted to suspend matches until April 30 at the earliest, meaning all nine of Morecambe’s remaining games need to be rescheduled.

Adams has spoken previously about his belief that the season should be finished by June 30 one way or another.

It’s one of several options that could be under consideration but, as Adams admitted, everyone remains in the dark.

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He said: “At this moment in time, it’s pointless looking at different scenarios because we’ve no clue what the scenario is going to be.

“Until we get clarification on what’s going to happen we can’t plan, you’re planning for something that might never come.

“You can have so many plans at this moment in time but you might not have the right one.”

As well as matches, the suspension of games has also hit training regimes.

The Shrimps’ squad had already been given their own programmes before last week’s governmental advice to only venture outdoors for one piece of exercise a day.

“The fitness coach (Chris Squirrell) put out individual plans for them,” Adams said.

“They have their GPS monitors away with them, we want them to continue working.

“We were supposed to come back in on the Thursday (March 19) but we changed that on the Monday (March 16).

“It’s about them being able to get outdoors, go for a run and keep their legs moving.

“It’s not the same as if they are training but it gives them the bonus of getting outdoors and into the fresh air.”

At this stage of the week, Adams and his staff would normally be going through their preparations for the weekend’s game.

However, instead of poring over DVDs and statistical analysis, the Shrimps’ boss has to find other ways of keeping sharp.

“I’m just looking to find out what’s going to happen,” he said.

“It’s just watching the news and keeping yourself fit which is important, not only for cardiovascular reasons, but the mind as well.”