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How does Tony Mowbray deal with the Christmas schedule?

Tony talks turkey, training and all the trimmings

15 December 2017

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is keen to get the balance right between work and play over the next few weeks of what will be a hectic schedule.

Mowbray has an idea of what works and what doesn't at this time of year after spending 15 years as a manager and feels that the players deserve time off - particularly on Christmas Day.

"Managing the group from this week onwards is really difficult in terms of how much training we have and when to have a consciousness of everybody's family commitments at this time of year and the professional requirements," the boss said.

"We need to assess when they train and when they can do family things as well. They are human beings after all.

"I'll use myself as an example. Last week I put two Christmas trees up, tried to run around and do some shopping, doing normal things whilst also keeping my eye on the football side of things such as team, tactics, managing the week.

"I have a base here but live one-and-a-half hours away. Sometimes I'll drive home, have dinner with my family, help my kids with their homework and reading with them, that sort of thing. It's about having the right balance.

"Christmas fixtures are what I've dealt with for the majority of my life. Even though we play on Boxing Day, I think Christmas Day you have to spend with your family. The build up to Christmas and Boxing Day will be done.

"The players will be sent away knowing their responsibilities. They can all have turkey, pigs in blankets and sprouts, but they know that come 3pm on Boxing Day they have to be bang on it!"

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