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Bakes: "Still Plenty To Do"

27 May 2014

Baker says he is ready to go again after relief of staying up

After a short two-week break Neil Baker says he is ready to go again in League One. The club’s assistant manager says there is still plenty of work to be done over the closed season before the first team squad report back for duty on 16th June.

Crewe have altered their summer programme with players no longer coming in two or three times a week to work on their fitness and injury prevention but instead they will report back earlier.

Baker is also helping Chief Scout Chris Johnson with the club’s recruitment drive this summer. The club will be looking to improve their options after releasing five in the summer and seeing Chuks Aneke and Uche Ikpeazu return to their parent clubs after successful loan spells.

June in readiness for want we want them to do physically and tactically. It is a different approach to things from other years when they used to come in two or three times a week.thBaker told “There is still plenty to do. The players will have a good break and then come in on the 16

“What we did find last summer that players were going on holidays at different times. They would work hard over a number of weeks and then go on a two-week holiday. This time it is more uniformed. If it will work, we will have to see with the early performances.

“There is still plenty to do and the staff will still be at it. We are talking to players and their agents but it is still early and at this stage it is just talking to see the interest. The closed season is not as strenuous as the 9/10 months we go through during a season but there is still a lot to do.

  Baker added: “It was a difficult season and one of the most difficult of my time here so it was a big relief to come through it. I enjoyed the last game and the few days after that. It was soon back to work and once you have had a few days off you go again.”

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