What, my dear boy, you at London, and this the mid-season
of the winter shooting?
The Magpies fly out to Alicante for a four-day training camp in the Costa Blanca which includes an extended mid-season
friendly against Royal Antwerp, with the public game set to be played over three 45 minute segments.
Further good news this week was confirmation that England will play New Zealand in a mid-season
Test encounter out in Denver, USA.
And, although mid-season
team trips can sometimes prove to be valuable team-bonding exercises, the mood in the camp was already toxic by that stage.
It did not appear coincidental that Rafa Benitez appeared to suggest a direct correlation between Newcastle's trip to La Manga and the Magpies' sub-sequent relegation when he was explaining why there would be no warm-weather trip during this current two-week mid-season
break for United.
, Mechac has been instrumental in the Goan outfit's turnaround, "I wouldn't say it's because of me.
In its mid-season
report, which it does not usually release, Kick It Out said it had received more than 300 reports relating to 282 cases of discriminatory abuse by the end of 2017, a 59% leap from last season, when there were 177 incidents.
Managers such as Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp have repeatedly called for a winter break to be introduced in England - Germany, France, Spain and Italy all enjoy time off mid-season
- while Rafa Benitez is also likely to be receptive to the idea.
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Faridoun was Al Sadd's second mid-season
signing, after Hamed Ismail who returned from Al Arabi in a bid to strengthen their defence.
The player will pen a five-year deal, with the Blaugrana likely to give the player an extension in the summer to ensure his deal does not run out mid-season