John Carver flew back with the Newcastle first team squad yesterday afternoon, after an excellent 4 days of training and stamina work in Portugal.
John Carver - great four days of training together
Carver has been plunged straight in at the deep and at Newcastle, but he talks this morning about the camp, and says the major thing that has really impressed him is the tremendous team spirit in the group.
The squad did double sessions of fitness and football tactics work, and they also did some team bonding exercises, and that’s all good to hear.
Alan Pardew may have thought the lads lacked sufficient stamina when they conceded late in each of the last two games, so it will be interesting to see the results of the fitness work next Wednesday at Fulham, and of course it must be a good chance for Newcastle to get their 5th away win of the season.
Of the 8 wins so far in the league they are split between home and away, and of course we could have kept that parity but had a full 10 wins, but for the misfortune sin the last two games.
But John Carver seems delighted with the week, and of course it was a great chance for John to get to know the players, Alan and the rest of the coaching staff.
This is what John said today:
“Sometimes people look at these breaks and see it as a holiday but it was nothing of the sort for the players,” “First of all it was wet and windy and cold in Portugal.”
“But it wasn’t about getting sun anyway, it was about finding somewhere with facilities that we could use because ours were out of action because of the frost last week. The players have worked really hard.”
“There have been double sessions of fitness work as well as football sessions and circuit training and we’ve done some quality work this week, which hopefully we’ll see the benefits of when we go to Fulham on Wednesday.”
“It was great for me, too, coming into a new group of players because it gives me the chance to get to know them and I have to be honest, there is an incredible spirit and a huge togetherness among them that has stood out for me.”
“That is a huge asset for this football club, and the most important thing is that we keep that going.”
The fitness work they did seems very good, and we always thought Kevin Keegan had it right when he said Newcastle may not have the best players in the league, although we do seem to have a few of them these days, but there’s absolutely no reason the lads cannot be the fittest in the league, and that’s got to be worth some points over a full and tough league season.
Newcastle will play two games in four days next week, and we look to some good results against Fulham and Arsenal, and a few points too, to make up for losing four of them in injury time in the last twp games.
But even though the lads picked up just two points against Sunderland and Tottenham, their form was extremely good, and they out-played a good Spurs side and a good Sunderland side in the second half of those games.
And that cannot be bad, and augers well, not only for the next few months but also longer term, since our top players will presumably all be staying on Tyneside.
That team spirit and togetherness really means something with this Newcastle squad , and they have brought this famous club back from the depths over the last 18 months, and it’s just been inspiring to witness their efforts.
Howay The Lads!!