Pressley settling in at Fleetwood

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Steven Pressley says he’s enjoying life with Fleetwood Town as he prepares to celebrate a month at the Highbury helm.

Town may not yet have completed their turnaround on the pitch – Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield a setback after promising results against Burton and Barnsley – but Pressley has started to get Town playing his way.

He’s enjoyed settling in at a club free from the turmoil of his previous employers.

Pressley was in charge at Coventry when the club was forced to move out of the Ricoh Arena, presiding over a fire sale of talent at the Midlands club.

Having also overseen a 75 per cent budget cut during his tenure at Falkirk, Pressley is happy to be in calmer waters, albeit with the threat of relegation hanging over Highbury Stadium.

And he’s already discovering some of the charms and quirks of a club still in transition, having been in non-league as recently as 2012.

“I’ve been very comfortable in my time here,” said the 42-year-old Scot.

“It’s very good, not just in terms of staff but with people who come in and help.

“There’s the likes of Ted (Lowery), who comes in and makes the boys tea and helps out.

“That’s the great thing about football clubs – they ares people’s lives.

“I get a great feeling about Fleetwood in that respect.

“There are things here I like to see.

“I’ve enjoyed the period so far but I know how much work there is to get us to where I want us to be.

“I’ll never get ahead of myself. It’s about continuously moving the club on, continuously raising the bar and continuously moving in the right direction.”

Pressley’s time in charge of the Sky Blues included a transfer embargo, a points deduction and a move away from home.

During that time he was forced to oversee every aspect of the football side of the operation – not the case at Town, where technical director Gretar Steinsson is on hand to ease the burden.

It’s a situation Pressley, passionate about coaching, is enjoying.

“Many of the things I had to deal with at Coventry are now off my desk,” he said. “It allows me to concentrate on what I love doing – coaching the team, monitoring the players, the analysis.

“I want to be here to make teams better and players better.

“(I don’t want to be) Dealing with agents, dealing with contracts, dealing with whether the groundsman’s cut the pitch to the right level, all the tiny detail – everything I had to deal with at Coventry.

“At times it was a real distraction. But here, with the good support staff I have, it allows me to concentrate very much on the aspects I love.

“As a football department, we now have to build up this side of the club.”

Pressley admits some bosses would hate the structure in place at Fleetwood, but for him it’s proving a perfect match

“It’s not right for every manager,” he said. “There are managers whose strengths are identifying players, recruiting and the management of those players.

“Their management style is different to me. That’s why the match has to be right.

“At this club we have a different way of looking at it – we all have a say.

“A lot of it is taken out of my hands until the final decisions are made.

“I enjoy that because I enjoy concentrating on the part of the job that appeals to me – that’s developing players, working on the tactical elements and the details of the team.

“That’s why this club is a great fit for me. I’m enjoying it so far.”