BARNET assistant manager Ulrich Landvreugd has expressed his delight at returning to the club this season and insisted the players will rise to the challenge of getting the team back into the Football League.
Landvreugd, 41, joined Barnet last season following the permanent appointment of his compatriot Edgar Davids who replaced Mark Robson as the club’s manager.
Relegation from the Football League had left fans concerned over whether the Dutch duo would return to the club, but the pair are back, and ready to put the disappointment of last season behind them.
“It’s very exciting for us to be back and everybody is looking at us and thinking that we have to go up straightaway ,” he said.
“Relegation last season was a very big disappointment. The last two months were very exciting but when we were winning, our rivals were also winning.
“Unfortunately we went down and it was a big disappointment for me personally but more so for the club.”
“Now we have a new season to prove ourselves and we are definitely going to do that.”
The Conference Premier is unchartered territory for both Davids and Landvreugd and the pair have wasted no time in putting the players through their paces ahead of the new season.
“We started our pre-season training a week earlier than most other clubs to prepare the players much better than last season,” Landvreugd said.
“We’re starting them off slower which is more like the Dutch way, working more with the ball but also doing some runs as well.
Landvreugd is impressed with the condition of the majority of players who have reported back ahead of the new season, but revealed some need to improve their fitness.
“They came back in pretty good shape overall,” he said.
“You always have one or two that need a little more work than the others and we’ve already told them that and put them on a programme with a schedule to be fit and I think they will be.”
Keanu Marsh-Brown and Anthony Acheampong have joined the Bees this summer and Landvreugd believes they have the quality to make an impact for the club this season.
“I’m hoping they can match the level and even improve upon the level of the players that have left. They are looking fit and looking sharp and I think they are going to do well this coming season.”
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