Newcastle players have been granted a raft of days off despite their dismal defeat at Brighton, with players left stunned that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have not dismissed Steve Bruce.
A Daily Mail exclusive from Craig Hope claims that the Toon Army will report to Darsley Park on Tuesday for the first time since that 3-0 loss at the Amex.
That will kick-off a period of three days’ training, but there are then no sessions pencilled in between Friday and Monday.
The report says that players have become ‘increasingly concerned’ at the amount of time off they have been given in the midst of their battle to stay in the Premier League.
Hope also claims that parts of the squad are ‘shocked‘ Ashley and Charnley haven’t pulled the trigger on Bruce after the loss to Brighton, with this latest raft of days off only adding to the sense of bemusement.
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A club source defended the plan, citing the ‘mental and physical wellbeing’ of the squad. The hope is that it will ease the feeling of the pressure ahead of the run-in.
Six senior players are currently away on international duty – Martin Dubravka, Emil Krafth, Ciaran Clark, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser.
Transfer Tavern verdict
If you were a Newcastle fan, you would probably want to see your players on as strict a regime as possible over this break.
After all, there were signs in that Brighton game that certain players’ focus had wavered, and that is unacceptable in these circumstances.
It feels like the last thing this squad needs is more time for their focus to shift away from what really matters, which is likely what these increased days off will do.
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