Newcastle players have been training in Dubai today during their warm weather break – and we have nothing against the lads going off for a few days in the sun where they can train more easily outdoors, but it doesn’t help when we have just lost our last three games – and we’ll not even mention we don’t have a head coach at the moment having gone out of way to help Crystal Palace get the man of their choice Alan Pardew very quickly – and now we are trying to find a suitable candidate.
Siem de Jong and Mike Williamson training today
And of course Crystal Palace have won their first three games under Pardew, and they are now in 12th place – just one place behind Newcastle in the Premier League table.
Apart from that everything is just great at Newcastle. 😀
Mike Williamson has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site today, and he talked about the training they are doing and there’s been some rain:
“That’s the same as a normal week.” “For the lads who haven’t played, it’s a top-up and a chance to get some high-intensity work inside you, and it was a tough session.”
“Stoney and JC got us working. There was a bit of fun, a bit of football and it was a good intensity. The weather wasn’t what you’d expect in Dubai but it was nice – a bit of rain, but still quite humid.”
“It’ll be tough but it should be enjoyable and the change of scenery will be nice.” “It’s a good opportunity to get some more good work inside us,”
“Obviously over the Christmas period we’ve had lots of games and lots of minutes so then it’s all about recovery, but now we’ve got a good opportunity to make sure everyone’s up to speed.”
With Newcastle players being given the day off on Wednesday and traveling back on Thursday, that could mean the Newcastle players are training for just two full days while in Dubai, although caretaker manager John Carver has said they will be in for training this Saturday.
That’s when the team has a free day – which has been all too usual over the last five years – because we are again out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, having played a very weakened side at Leicester City.
In that game four of our top players were missing due to injury, but they were straight back in the side for the next game at Chelsea – strange that.
It’s a long time until the next game a week on Saturday at Hull City, which is why it was hard to take our third defeat in a row on Saturday at home to Southampton.
It’s not good but hey – things can only get better.
That’s right isn’t it? 😀
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