If you are going to go on some warm weather training in the middle of winter then one thing any side has to ensure before they go is they turn up for the last game before the trip.
Sunderland did that at home to Manchester United in one of their best displays and results of the season and gained 3 points on Newcastle.
We don’t hear too much complaining from Sunderland fans now they are in Dubai under the watchful eye of experienced coach Sam Allardyce, who looks like he can even save them from relegation.
Steve McClaren with some players in La Manga
But Newcastle were worse than horrendous at Chelsea last Saturday and we were pummeled 5-1 and it’s good that Chelsea didn’t want to score ten goals – because they could have done that – but settled for just five.
So that’s one of the reasons that not only are Newcastle fans not too pleased with the players right now, but believe they are even being rewarded for that disgrace at Chelsea coming in the worst season we have ever endured in the Premier League.
Steve McClaren has tried again to explain what they are doing in the warmth of La Manga when fans would like to see them be punished in some good bristling cold weather training in Newcastle after the disgrace at Chelsea.
Maybe even some training on the Whitley Bay beach with those freezing North Sea winds coming in off the sea.
That would at least ensure the players are awake – at least in training.
Love it – maybe next week?
That would focus the players.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle:
“We often come to this and sometimes we have had teams where we go away to relax and take a breath, then get ready to go again. This one is about work.”
“It’s about getting ready for the end of the season. It’s about a Premier League that is now about the 12 final games.”
“We have to have energy, attitude and we have to know what we are doing. (Ed note – that would help).
“We have to be mentally right. We’re going away and playing a game that we’ve been unable to get here.”
“We needed a game and it’ll give us the right preparation.”
OK good try.
Newcastle will basically complete their time in La Manga this afternoon when we take on Norwegian side Lillestrom SK and give some our returning players some playing time.