Fry-up breakfasts are off the menu at Millfield Park as Haddington Athletic boss Johnny Harvey aims to get the best out of his players by adopting a professional attitude across the whole club.
Harvey’s squad have had it drilled into them that they need to prepare themselves in the best possible way to ensure they are firing at 100 per-cent on a Saturday afternoon.
So far, it’s working for the Hi-His who have coped admirably so far since gaining promotion to the Premier League for the first time as a result of winning last season’s South Division title – they sit fourth, six games into the season.
“The boys know that they need to prepare right and be mentally focussed to get three points every week,” said Harvey. “Everything needs to be right to be successful and that’s what I keep stressing to the players – you can’t take a couple of night’s off training and still expect to turn up and win games. You can’t turn up on a Saturday and not prepare right by not having enough sleep or not eating the right things for breakfast.
“Maybe last season guys would get up in the morning and have a fry up and still beat whoever. They need to make sure they are 100 per-cent ready on a Saturday, because if we aren’t, teams will take advantage of us.”
Harvey revealed that he placed a lot of pressure on himself to scoop consecutive title successes with Edinburgh United and then Haddington, but he says this season is all about enjoyment, although the fledging manager has his sights set on a promotion place.
Tomorrow’s match away to Armadale Thistle will be a gauge of where they are at, with the Volunteer Park outfit having landed in the second tier from the other direction.
Harvey added: “I probably put a lot of pressure on myself to win the league for Haddington and the same at Edinburgh, where as this year we’re going to enjoy it.
“There’s not that expectation that there’s been the last two years to make sure we win it.
“If we are going be in the promotion hunt, we need to finish above teams like Armadale because they will certainly be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
“They’ve got Super League experience and it’s a hard place to go and pick up three points.”