McGuire refuses to run Saints into the ground

St Andrews United begin pre-season training.
St Andrews United begin pre-season training.

The dust may only just have settled on their 2014-15 campaign, but St Andrews United have already started preparing for the new season.

Tuesday evening saw the Saints squad report back for pre-season training, and manager Phil McGuire had the scales at the ready to see just how good a summer his troops had enjoyed.

Most clubs would have started by running - with an extra session of running added on for good measure - but McGuire never enjoyed those sessions as a player, so doesn’t expect his players to endure that hell either.

A spokesman for the club said: “In Tuesday night’s first session, aside from the initial warm up, the ball was involved at all stages.

“Since his promotion from player to manager at St Andrews United, Phil has introduced modern theories and practices more akin to the likes of Guardiola and Mourinho.

“The players love it and appreciate the difference by an increased effort.”

United’s pre-season has been planned with military precision, designed to have the players ready for the first league game on August 8.

Saints have announced that St Andrews Amateurs will be taking part of the annual St Andrews Tournament.

Intially it was thought that the local amateur club wouldn’t be able to take part this season but it was confirmed this week that they would indeed taking their place in the two day event alongside United, Glenrothes and Greig Park Rangers.