Training steps up

Avram Grant's first-team squad took to the training pitches for their first outdoor sessions on Tuesday and were instantly hard at work.

With the players split into different groups to work with coaches Paul Groves, Kevin Keen and Alex Dyer, the programme included a mixture of sprints, group drills and ball work. All was carried out under the watchful eye of the manager, while Chairman David Gold was a welcome visitor for the first time since the return to Chadwell Heath.

With the first pre-season match away to Peterborough United on Wednesday week drawing near, there was plenty of focus on the instructions given out by the coaching staff. The players had been in early for gym work before the outdoor session, with more of the same following in the afternoon.

The WHUTV cameras were also out in force. A training special is playing now along with a Fabio Daprela exclusive while watch out for interviews to come on Wednesday with Thomas Hitzlsperger and David Gold. The new manager's first press conference will also be coming later this week on Thursday. Click here to sign up for WHUTV so you don't miss out.