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Wright job for Ian

19 July 2012

Pre-season has never ranked highly in a list of favourite times in the football calendar for any professional who takes part, but Ian Wright can finally enjoy it now that he no longer has to do the hard work.

As it stands, the 48-year-old will link up with the Dons on a part-time basis due to a number of other work commitments but he admits he has already got the coaching bug.

I believe Damo (Damien Doyle, fitness and conditioning coach) is as good a fitness coach as I have worked with and the whole ethos around the place has a top professional vibe about it.”Speaking to Wright said: “I have missed pre-season, but what is good about it now is I don’t have to do what they are doing! This is as hard a pre-season as I have seen in respect of the work and intensity of it. I think the players have dealt with it pretty well. 

Wright would have been privy to the very best facilities in various countries across the world when he worked on his fitness levels with Arsenal and England during his playing day. And despite the gulf in Leagues and money from the Premier League to League 1, Wright has been impressed with standard of work from the Dons.

The Dons’ new first team coach does not envy the gruelling schedule the players are enduring out in Dublin and he believes their three-sessions-a-day itinerary is one of the hardest he has experienced.

“I’ve missed being around the guys, the general vibe you get and the banter. Coming in as a coach I’m excited about watching, observing and giving input to try and help the players.

"I realise already that I don’t want to be a manager, I like the role I’ve got; I like being between the players and the manger.”

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