Newcastle Off To The United Arab Emirates

The Newcastle first team squad are reported to be off on a training camp next week in the United Arab Emirates,  as they have no games the following weekend, having been knocked out of the FA Cup, and our next game after West Ham is a mid-week game at Norwich City.

alan pardew stoke at home 5-1

Alan Pardew – taking the squad for some warm weather training

The report is in the Chronicle today, and it makes sense to us that the lads can recuperate and prepare for the run-in to the season, with only 17 league games left to play this season.

The training camp will be in Abu Dhabi, and we suppose with the team in 8th place in the league with a good 33 points from 21 games, it’s not unreasonable to do this – but we have had four defeats in a row too, so a win tomorrow against 4th bottom West Ham would be very good.

Maybe while they are in Abu Dhabi, they could even run into a Billionaire who wants to buy the club off Mike Ashley, somebody who wants to make Newcastle into a top four club in England again?

Just a thought.

Because of the tough schedule last year and the fact we were fighting relegation, Newcastle did not have a mid-season break, but two years ago the squad were off to Tenerife for a few days in January.

This sounds like the right thing to do to us for the players to get re-energized.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 on us on Google+

9 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    A nice reward for playing poor in the FA cup third round….just what they need.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I was reminded of some great music here the other day when I heard what was a new single apparently!

    Nothing wrong with nostalgia I guess, so for you guys who have access to Spotity in the mornning at work or in your car type in “Carpark North” and enjoy 🙂

    It’s rock infused electro pop!

    Recommendations: Transparent and Glasslike, There’s a PLace, Human, Shall We Be Grateful and 32

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    My sentiments exactly, at least we’re safe in the knowledge the airfares are coming out of their wages.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #4


    I don’t get the point to it, they complain flying around europe tires them out then they go to the middle east for no reason.

    Just keep them in newcastle, make them train twice as hard that weekend or spend the weekend going around the full 2 days doing some stuff for local charities.

    Anything but a holiday….hardly like the portugal training camp was hard work.

  • bills-son

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #5


    Go to the Middle East for no reason?

    Loads of clubs have taken players away on training breaks in the same situation. It’s commonplace for Premier clubs.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6

    A good morale boost for the players but I don’t think they deserve it. I also agree with a comment above concerning fatigue, why go so far away? How many hours is that in planes to get to there?

    I like the charity idea, it also brings the players closer to the community and it’s fans but really they should be training hard and getting their act together for a winnable run of games were points are on offer.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Its hardly a reward, and these camps are designed to IMPROVE fitness and stamina.

  • martoon

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s face it no matter what they do some of you lot will always find fault with it – it is quite normal practice in these circumstances and gives a chance for some intensive training, team bonding and general recouperation.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #9

    I bet Pardew’s thinking is to refresh body and mind after a shocking decision in our last game vs City. Good idea but I worry about fatigue in too many hours on a plane to the other side of the world.


You must log in to post a comment.