Ross County manager is raring to go for pre-season
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Malky Mackay says he is looking forward to getting a proper pre-season under his belt with Ross County.
The Staggies boss was appointed the new man in charge in Dingwall a little over a year ago, but found his first month in the role disrupted by a Covid outbreak.
With all football operations shut down right when Mackay should have been stepping up pre-season preparations, the effects of that set back were felt for months.
This time around, though, there should be no such issues, and Mackay has a bigger group of players to work with straight away than he did last year.
The likes of Blair Spittal and Regan Charles-Cook have left, but the core of last season’s squad remain.
County regrouped in Dingwall yesterday before going on a pre-season training camp to Italy next week.
So for Mackay, there is excitement at being able to get stuck in after a well-deserved break.
“That big group that has signed on means there’s a body of players here to start with, a structure, which is great,” he explained.
“We’ve got a group of players here who already know how I want to work, and are already in that vein and will want to kick on again.
“I’m really looking forward to getting into that and having a right good go at the League Cup, because we were unfortunately unable to do that.
“It will be busy in terms of players coming in over the summer, and when we can get them in and how things are going to look until the transfer deadline, but I’m really looking forward to getting away to Verona.
“They absolutely needed and deserved the four weeks off. Not just physically but mentally it was a long, hard season, and a lot of emotion goes into that.
“It’s for the staff as well, they’ve put a lot of time, effort and energy into it, so it’s a similar situation for them as well. Everyone needs a little break to get away from it so that when we do come back we’re ready to go.”