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Carver praises Portugal training

January 28th, 2011 | 8 Comments |

John Carver, Newcastle
Portugal trip a success
John Carver has been full of plaudits for the training undertaken during Newcastle United’s trip to Portugal.

Alan Pardew was extolling the virtue of the Portugal trip just the other day and now it’s the turn of John carver.

So good has been this Portugal ‘boot camp’ that it’s now reckoned to be the best ever training session undertaken by any football club ever.

Carver said:

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. (more…)

Best leads the way in Portugal

January 27th, 2011 | 27 Comments |

Leon Best, Newcastle United
Table tennis master
Newcastle United’s mid-season break to Portugal is mainly about hard work rather than lounging in the sun, although Leon Best proves to be a table tennis demon in one of the more light-hearted competitions.

Newcastle’s early exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Stevenage has meant that, without a fixture this weekend, Alan Pardew has managed to get the team away to Portugal for some ‘conditioning’.

Pardew has had this to say about their trip:

It’s going well.

It’s wet and windy rather than sunshine, but we’ve got some good work done.

The guys have had a lot of thinking time about the last two games.

It was never that (a sunshine break). It was a conditioning week to make sure we are ready for the second half of the season.

And it was about regrouping too – looking at what we did well, what we can do better.

Some players need rest and some need to work. When you look at Kevin Nolan out here, he is in need of a rest. On the other hand the likes of James Perch and Sol Campbell need to work and we’ve made sure they’ve done exactly that.(more…)