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"We had a bright start to the pre-season campaign" (PSV.nl)

14 jul 2006 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV head coach Ronald Koeman announced at his first press briefing at De Herdgang training ground that PSV had a bright start to the pre-season campaign. ”I feel at home here and I think things run smoothly in all respects”, he told reporters on Friday afternoon. Ronald Koeman will continue to conduct an informal media briefing at the end of each week, just like his predecessor Guus Hiddink used to do. Koeman gave his views on the first week of the pre-season campaign, the squad and the remaining pre-season programme. He was in a positive mood and told reporters he was content with the outcome of the first few training sessions. "We have been training well. De Herdgang is obviously a wonderful training ground. I know the place; it offers great opportunities and we have been able to train under the best circumstances", explained Koeman. Koeman hopes to have a complete squad at his disposal shortly. DaMarcus Beasley and Arouna Koné will resume training next Monday and the Dutch internationals, Eric Addo, Jason Culina and latest signing Carlos Salcido will join the squad one week later, when PSV fly to England to play some friendlies. Koeman intimated PSV might complete a deal with one more player who would join the squad on the trip to England. "We need one more player, but on the other hand we now have an opportunity to assess the players of the current squad. It is a good thing we can see youngsters at work when we play KVSK United tomorrow night.” Michael Ball and Michael Reiziger will not be available for this friendly; the two defenders will stay behind in Eindhoven. The new head coach also revealed his expectations and was delighted that a number of key players have signed contract extensions. When asked whether he feels pressure now that he has taken over from Guus Hiddink, Koeman replied that he considers it an honour to succeed Hiddink. "I realise it is a tough challenge, but I like to prove I can be successful as well. PSV have always had a special place in my heart and it has always been my ambition to return here one day."Koeman does not intend to make major changes to the style of play that Hiddink introduced. "I may have some different ideas, but I want to have a complete squad at my disposal before I comment on that."