“We’ve got six or seven pre-season friendlies in place that we’re looking forward to,” he said. “That’s important for us to try different formations, systems, get used to individuals and try them in different places in the team.

“But everyone, including the players as well, has got an eye on August and we can’t wait for that first game. Hopefully it’ll be here (the Academy); hopefully it’ll be a home fixture and we can get off to a winning start.”