JOHN Carver says Newcastle United have taken the weather with them to Dubai.
Caretaker head coach Carver and his squad are in the Middle East for some warm-weather training.
But the players have NOT been basking in the sun between sessions – as it has been wet AND windy in Dubai.
“Every time we come away for a warm-weather training session, it seems to rain on us,” said Carver.
“It’s windy, it’s cold, and it’s been no different.
“But there was a good little session. We’ve got a group back at the hotel in the gym doing the recovery session – the guys who played at the weekend.
“We had a good physical session with the ball, with the guys who didn’t play, so it has been a good day.
“Although we’re in a different country, we’re just going to mirror image what we do on a normal week anyway.
“That’s the norm back home, so we’re not going to change it.
“They know that they have to do their physical work with the ball and they did that, but it was nice to see a (Freddie) Woodman in one goal and a (goalkeeping coach Andy) Woodman in the other goal.”
Carver revealed last week that the trip had been booked BEFORE the club was knocked out of the FA Cup. Had United progressed, they would have returned to Tyneside two days before the competition’s fourth round.
Asked why the club had gone away, Carver said: “The weather back home’s not great at this time of year – there’s usually heavy frosts or wind or snow – so that’s why people plan in advance for little breaks like this.
“As long as you make it a working trip, then there’s nothing wrong with them.”