Rowett to introduce fitness league tables at Birmingham City

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett

The City boss has been impressed with the fitness of his side, but believes that competition within the squad will help to aid further progress.


Birmingham manager Gary RowettGary Rowett is keen to improve fitness levels at Birmingham City

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has told the Birmingham Mail that he is considering implementing fitness league tables for his players in order to increase competition within the squad.

Rowett says he was very pleased by the fitness of his players last term, but insists there is plenty of room for improvement as the Blues look to become a more competitive force in the Championship next season, particularly with City set to resume their rivalry with Aston Villa.

General view before the game - St Andrew's Birmingham CityBirmingham City will begin their Championship campaign at home to Cardiff City

And he believes that encouraging the levels of competition within his squad will be a key driver in helping his team enjoy further progress.

“Our stats are great, I can’t remember a game where we have died late on,” he said.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jack Price in action against Birmingham City's David Cotterill (L)Birmingham City finished 10th in the Championship last season

“I think we have been incredibly fit, our injury record has been even better, which is something we work incredibly hard on.

“We are going to put league tables up in distances covered in games, or we are going to put things up that make them think ‘I want to get to the top of that table’.

Birmingham City manager Gary RowettGary Rowett is determined to see Birmingham City make progress next season

“We always look at ‘How can we foster more competition in the group here, how can we get even better at what we do’.”

Birmingham, who finished 10th in the Championship last season, will see their players return for preseason training on Wednesday June 29th, ahead of a trip to Marbella on July 4th, where they will put through intense conditioning work.

City will then take on National Conference outfit Solihull Motors on July 12th for the first fixture of a busy preseason programme, before kicking off their league campaign at home to Cardiff City on August 6th.

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