Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 28°C

min temp: 18°C

Five-day forecast

Big Sam banks on Dubai break to fire Irons up for Spurs derby and boost survival bid

Sam Allardyce, West Ham United manager. Photo: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport Sam Allardyce, West Ham United manager. Photo: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:41 AM

Manager Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham’s warm-weather break to Dubai will provide a repeat prescription of last year’s boost in form over the closing months of the season.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The Irons are without a Premier League match now until they host Tottenham on February 25, when they will be seek to maintain safe distance between themselves and the battle for survival.

Such a trip proved the perfect tonic for Allardyce’s squad 12 months ago when, on their return from the Middle East, they lost just one of the remaining 14 Championship games as West Ham secured promotion back to the top-flight through the play-offs.

Allardyce is in no doubt the five-day break will prove to be of great benefit.

“It worked last year, we had a fantastic finish to the season and I still think the trip that we had at this time last year was a big benefit in the end for getting us promoted into the Premier League,” Allardyce said on West Ham TV.

“I have talked to a lot of managers and they have already taken the opportunity to get away when they can, a few more [teams] are going around the same time as us and some more afterwards.

“Nearly everybody does it today which obviously is a benefit to you and the team, and the results when you come back.”

Allardyce maintains the squad will reap the benefits as they look to get Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at relegation-battlers Aston Villa out of their system, which was a fourth loss in six league games.

“When they are in gloves and hats, it is hard to keep them warm, you have to keep them going. It is not an ideal environment,” he said.

“When the lads can train in short sleeves and shorts, they don’t want to finish training, they just want to carry on. You get an awful lot more out of them.

“The benefits mentally will be massive. The pressure on players today is enormous in the Barclays Premier League, it is all around you, all the time, 24/7.

“So to go away and recuperate physically and mentally is a big, big thing for us.”

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Related links

More West Ham articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Newham Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Newham businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Newham Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »