Steve McClaren issues Newcastle training camp update

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has taken his Newcastle United players to La Manga, Spain for double training sessions and a friendly against Lillestrom.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has issued an update on the club's trip to Spain, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Magpies are spending the best part of this week in the La Manga resort to the south of the country, with no competitive matches scheduled until March.

McClaren's men, who are out of the FA Cup and don't play next weekend due to Manchester City's participation in the Capital One Cup final, were hammered 5-1 by Chelsea on Saturday - a result which saw them slip back into the Premier League's bottom three.

And the 54-year-old hopes his side's Spanish adventure, which includes double training sessions and a friendly against Norwegian side Lillestrom, can create a "togetherness" amongst his struggling players.

“We have had breakfast together, lunch together, and been around the hotel together. It is intense," said McClaren.

"It is difficult to create that kind of togetherness, but it is great because we have got five days here.

“Everyone is together and it is a mix of work, rest and recuperation, and setting some targets for the rest of the season.”

For all the doom and gloom back on Tyneside, McClaren feels that "six or seven teams" are in danger of going down this season, with five points separating 15th-placed Bournemouth and second-bottom Sunderland with less than a third of the campaign to go.

He said: "It is a 12 game season now. There are six or seven teams still in there and we have got to make sure we are one two or three above (the bottom three)."

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