Why the international break will be 'no holiday camp' for Newcastle's stay-at-home players

Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson
Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson has insisted that the international break will be "no holiday camp" for Newcastle United's players.

The Magpies recorded their first away win of the season against Bournemouth last week before some of the squad joined up with their international squads for the upcoming international fixtures.

Yet despite missing key figures, like Moussa Sissoko, and Georginio Wijnaldum, assistant coach Simpson believes important work can still be done on the training field to maintain the momentum gained from the 1-0 success at the Vitality Stadium.

Simpson said: "This week's slightly different as we don't have to prepare for a game this Saturday, but we're already starting to think about how we might have to set up against Leicester City.

"The players who are here ... we can do work with them – the ones who'll be expecting to play – but really it's a case of keeping everybody ticking over.

"The fact that we got a positive result last week gives us the opportunity to keep everything upbeat. It'll be no holiday camp, and the players are fully aware they'll be having the weekend off so they will be worked extremely hard this week to keep their levels of fitness up."

Meanwhile, Simpson hopes that some of United's international stars can play well for their countries and carry that form into the Leicester game.

He added: "Basically, we keep our fingers crossed that all our lads come back fit from their games.

"It'll be next Wednesday before everyone is back in, but we hope they come back fit and come back with a spring in their step because they've represented their country. Hopefully, we can take that into the Leicester game."