Alex Pearce suggests benefit Paul Clement has created in Derby training

Derby County defender Alex Pearce feels manager Paul Clement has created a psychological benefit in pre-season training.

Derby County defender Alex Pearce has told the club’s official website that he feels Paul Clement has created a psychological benefit in pre-season training.

Pearce, who became one of Clement’s first signings at the club, has suggested that the squad has bought into the methods of the new boss, with the club’s staff also offering players an insight into the progress they’re making in training from a statistical point of view.

“Gone are the days when you run around trees and lampposts; training has moved on and the lads are buying into the new Head Coach’s methods,” he told

“From a psychological point of view I think it helps the players that the footballs have been out since day one.”

“It’s really interesting to hear the stats and we’ve got some good blocks of work in and training has been enjoyable.”

Clement copying a Premier League legend?

Pearce’s comments suggest that Clement has taken a leaf out of the book of current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour recently described that Wenger was always very keen to introduce footballs into pre-season training sessions early, before the hard physical work came later.

It’s a good approach from Clement because it gets his players comfortable on the ball very quickly, which can improve areas such as confidence in his players, putting a spring in their step ahead of the hard running drills.

The benefit of a comfortable environment

Any manager who can create a comfortable environment for his players to train in, deserves credit because any individual is likely to be more creative and productive without any additional burden.

Enjoyable training sessions, based around ball work alongside some fitness aspect have clearly created a positive mentality in the players.

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