RASHID Yussuff says new AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has already improved the team’s tactical awareness since his appointment last month.
Ardley completed a UEFA Pro Licence course alongside the likes of Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez in Wales two years ago.
He went on to use the knowledge gained from that training programme in his role as head of the youth academy at Championship outfit Cardiff City.
Ardley has now brought that pool of knowledge to Wimbledon where he has overhauled the setup at the Dons’ New-Malden training base and midfielder Yussuff claims the new regime is working well.
“Everyone has been impressed with the new manager,” he said. “There are new training times and everything so it’s onwards and upwards now. There is more training and the sessions are done at a higher intensity so hopefully we can reap the benefits of that.
“We are working a lot harder because we are doing extra and longer sessions and then getting rest and making sure we eat the right things at home.
“The new training has made more a difference to us tactically than fitness-wise at the moment. We have worked on set-plays and looking at how the opposition plays more. We train every day with a short, sharp session on Friday and are really enjoying it at the moment."
Yussuff’s midfield team-mate Sammy Moore took part in his first rehab session yesterday after suffering a broken leg.
The former Chelsea youngster is expected to miss around four months but Yussuff reckons the Dons, who brought in Jake Reeves on-loan from Brentford last week, have enough in reserve to cope with his absence.
“Everyone has got their jobs to do in the squad if someone gets injured,” he added. “Everyone knows what to do and we know how the new boss wants us to play. It doesn’t really matter [if I play in an attacking or defensive role] because we all have to work as a team. Sammy is a great player but I am sure he’ll come back stronger than ever.”
Wimbledon are in League Two action against York tomorrow and will welcome the Minstermen to Kingsmeadow for an FA Cup replay on Monday night.
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