Norwich City will travel to the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi this week for a warm weather training camp ahead of the Premier League run in.
The Canaries are not back in action until their trip to Leicester City on Saturday 27th February, with next weekend being free due to the FA Cup, which you may remember we are no longer involved in.
I think I’m right in saying that the squad will base themselves at the Zayad Sports City Stadium complex, as they did three years ago. At that time, Chris Hughton was in charge and the break preceded Premier League survival – clearly the idea is the same this time.
The Pink ‘Un also has this story and it’s comments section is full of bitter fans saying that the squad shouldn’t be ‘rewarded’ in this way.
One even suggesting that warm weather training is pointless as we will not encounter temperatures of around 25c in March and April in the UK. Another suggests they should therefore go for a training camp in the Orkneys.
I take a different view.
A mid-winter break is a nice pick me up for anyone and if you’re a professional footballer/athlete then doubly so as your job revolves around physical activity. I know that they get paid a hell of a lot of money with some earning more in a week than most of us earn in a year but I’m a fan and want my team to do well – if this can help improve performances then I’m all for it.