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SD: "Failure Has Almost Become A Habit"

19 May 2016

Boss says players must return with positive winning attitude

Crewe Manager Steve Davis says his squad must work on themselves physically and mentally over the close season to return with a positive & vibrant attitude going into an important pre-season ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

The Alex won just seven games in 2015/16 and Davis insists the work has already begun with his current crop to ensure they can put that disappointment behind them and get fully focused and enthused about next season's proposition.

He told crewealex.net: "It's the difficult part, but we've already started that process. We hand an end of season team meeting about how we all go away and think over the summer.

"It's important that the players reflect on the season overall and individually, and learn what it was about and how it came about.

"At some point over the close season they need to think about coming back in the best possible condition physical condition they can, but also in the best mental condition they can.

"There will be a series of important discussions between ourselves to get back into their heads around the positivity of getting back to becoming winners and all those positive things and the needs of each player to become that winner to succeed.

"I think failure has become almost a habit and they have to get out of that. The only way to do that is to be very focussed and positive in how you talk to the players and how you approach it on and off the pitch.

"They've all got improvement in them. One or two have stopped improving and need to make sure they come back next season much better physically and mentally. 

"We can do so much with them here to help them, but a lot of it is down to them. It's about what's inside them, what they're about that will enable them to bounce back from this season."

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