Newcastle’s five internationals have jetted off to Qatar for the World Cup, which kicks off on Sunday. England trio Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson, and Nick Pope, Swiss defender Fabian Schar, and Brazil’s Bruno Guimaraes have all made their respective squads. Keen attention will also be paid to Garang Kuol with Australia.
For the rest of the players and staff, there will be an extended period of rest before training ramps up again for the season’s restart. There will be a training camp and at least two friendlies before Newcastle get back to action in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round against Bournemouth on, or around, December 20th.
Eddie Howe touched on the break recently saying the following as published in The Northern Echo:
“We need to give them some time off, mentally. It’s really important we handle this break right, so by giving them a chance to reset and relax, it’s actually a positive thing and then they can come back, be energized, and start to work.
“It’s important that our work, when we come back, is of a really good level. Of course, we’re going to be missing a few players, so that dynamic needs to be managed by the coaching team and myself, but I back us to try to get it right.
“We have the beauty of the Carabao Cup as our first game, and I think that will be a really important game for us to try to kick-start the second half of the season.”
Howe’s approach is generally not to look too far down the line. He’ll be laser-focused on the training sessions before the trip to Riyadh in early December. Then getting quality performances in the two friendlies in anticipation of the cup tie will be paramount.
Newcastle are in an amazing position heading into the break. That can be undone quickly if the next 6 weeks aren’t adequately handled. Howe seems tailor-made for unprecedented situations like this.
It is a bit of a blessing to have the cup tie at St. James’ Park as the first match back. A Boxing Day trip to Leicester City. That would have been a difficult match to restart this campaign.