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Tournament can boost us on and off the pitch - Nuneaton Town boss Wright

Nuneaton Town manager Tommy Wright believes that their pre-season tournament featuring Rangers, PSV and Liverpool can help boost the club's budget as he urged supporters to turn out in force.

The UKFlooringDirect.co.uk Cup sees those three sides join Nuneaton Town, Wolves and Coventry in a two-day event taking place on the last weekend of July at Boro's Liberty Way home.

Wright has experience of hosting such a tournament after facing the likes of Newcastle United, Celtic and Liverpool during his time at Corby Town.

And because of that experience he knows what impact they can have on his side ahead of the new season.

"This is the third tournament of its kind that I have helped put on and I wanted to do this for Nuneaton Town" admitted the former Darlington forward.

"This is the first with six teams so they are two days that are full of football and it should be a real treat for our fans and the fans of the other clubs.

"We have great clubs coming, top clubs with great supporters.

"There was always an interesting aspect to the tournaments we had at Corby.  Liverpool brought an Under-23 side to play, but then Emre Can and Coutinho turned up to play alongside them.  You never know who might end up in the squads.

"I want to attract new supporters to Nuneaton Town over this weekend and I want it to inspire a new generation of supporters to come and watch us.

"It's not easy being where we are.  We have Football League clubs coming to buy our players and I understand supporters get frustrated when we have to sell them.

"With a big turnout this tournament can seriously change our budget and allow us to continue to build on last season"

The two day event sees Wright's side face Football League neighbours Wolves and Coventry City on consecutive days.

Elsewhere in the tournament there are heavyweight clashes between Liverpool and PSV and Rangers and PSV.

Wright described his side's games as "perfect" and believes they can offer him additional benefits ahead of the new campaign.

He said "We have to cater for each club and Liverpool and PSV wanted to play each other.

"I think Liverpool also wanted to play Coventry City because City are sending a first team squad to play.

"For us, Coventry and Wolves are perfect games.

"They will be good tests to see where we are at but because we took players on loan from both clubs last season, we can have a look at what they have this season and maybe look to continue our good relationships with both clubs"

The tournament will also play an integral part in Wright's pre-season preparations as Nuneaton look to make an impact in an extremely competitive National League North this season.

Wright led the club to a mid-table finish last season but some smart work in the transfer market has led to some people tipping them for a play-off push this time around.

It won't be easy with the division looking to be even stronger than last season.

The likes of Salford City, York City and Kidderminster Harriers have all been tipped as strong candidates for promotion.

That means that Wright is keen to get the best out of a testing pre-season campaign, starting with Tuesday night's friendly against SkyBet League One club Peterborough United.

"The lads think I have made my mind up about our strongest side but I haven't" he said.

"They think I have a best eleven but I am working on it and the reality is that I have to use the entire squad throughout the campaign.

"I have a strong eighteen, a very strong eighteen and we have had a busy summer.

"I know that I have eighteen players that are good enough to do a job in the division and I know that I will have to use them all.

"You need a strong squad in this league because the quality of the clubs we will face is very high.

"We have to get pre-season right, we have to get the most out of it and we have to make sure that we are ready for day one of the season at Harrogate Town"

Wright has hardly had time to have a break after a stressful campaign last season.

His summer transfer business started as soon as the season ended in April and his work continues throughout pre-season.

A number of players have been added to the Boro squad, including two youngsters that Wright believes could make an impact in the National League North.

"A few players have stepped up from the divisions below us but we have signed them because we believe they can improve us.

"Luke Trotman was at Luton Town and then Loughborough Dynamo and he excites me as a player.  He will excel and he just needs to be given a chance.  I think he will improve throughout the season.

"Then we brought in Brady Hickey from Barwell.

"He has just had two twenty goal seasons, which is outstanding for a midfielder.

"He is such a confident lad and has great belief in his own ability.  He wants to play in the Football League and I think he can do that.

"We will look to make the most of him this season and I think he will shine"

And what better chance will Wright's Nuneaton Town have to shine than in a tournament featuring some of European football's biggest names?

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Image: @KimberPhotos

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