Steve McClaren has insisted that Newcastle United's visit to La Manga is NOT a jolly.
McClaren will take his players to Spain next week for a training camp and a friendly against Norwegian club Lillestrom on February 20.
The trip has been arranged because of an 18-day gap in the relegation-threatened club's fixture list.
Asked if it was a "jolly", McClaren said: "Definitely not.
"We could have gone to warmer climes and more luxurious places.
"There'll be a lot of work. From Stoke onwards, it's game after game.
"It's the most critical part of the season."
On the Lillestrom match, McClaren added: “We also needed a game.
"It's difficult to find one here because everybody's playing, and if they're not, they need a rest as well, so it's an ideal opportunity to arrange a game behind closed doors."
Newcastle take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening.