The players are currently away on a warm weather training trip in Morocco, with the management staff hoping that the mid-season break gives them a boost in the battle against relegation.
Having seen an upturn in the team’s form over the last two weeks, Allardyce seems relatively certain that this trip will aid his players both physically and mentally ahead of a gruelling run-in to the Premier League season. To some, this mid-season jaunt will be seen as nothing more than a jolly up in warmer climes but the gaffer has seemingly got every angle covered when it comes to justifying the break.
Approaching the questions from Chris Grierson with the authority of a man who has seen it, done it and bought the baseball hat, Allardyce does a stellar job of convincing even the most sceptical of viewers over the long-term benefits generated by a mini break in the Moroccan sunshine, all of which is said whilst standing in front of a cloudless blue sky for good measure.
I personally have no problem whatsoever with the players heading off on a trip such as this in the middle of a two week fixture gap, particularly off the back of two such impressive wins over Middlesbrough and West Brom. If and it remains a big if, we can continue our fine run of form when welcoming Watford to Selhurst Park in 10 days time, I would be more than happy for Sam and the squad to jet off into the sun whenever they felt it necessary.
The top up they all get to their tan is just an added bonus.
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