Hearts of Oak coach CK Akunnor has been taking his players through classroom studies as he looks to impose his philosophy on the team.
The ex Ghana captain has just presided over a three week intensive camping exercise in Sekondi to prepare his team adequately for the upcoming season.
Akunnor during the off-season break undertook a two-week attachment program with German club Nuremberg where he was taken through the modern trends of the game.
He is thus looking to use the knowledge gathered plus his own experiences as a coach and a former player to build a solid team capable of challenging for honours this term.
Hearts have won nothing since emerging Premier League champions in 2009.
The Phobians had to watch in agony as rivals Asante Kotoko run away with the championship despite putting up a fierce fight at the initial stages of the last campaign.
Not only has Akunnor been training his players on how he wants the team to play on the pitch but has cranked it a notch higher with classroom studies.
Akunnor’s play book for the new season is teaching his side how to make good use of the ball while in possessing by creating enough spaces to play and creating a lot of goalscoring opportunities.
The new style also focuses on how the team presses their opponents to regain possession within the shortest possible time of losing it.
The players’ response to the new style has been remarkable in pre-season but it remains to be seen whether all that is learnt on the training ground and in the classroom can be replicated on the field of play when the Premier League starts on October 7.