Paul Simpson says ‘It will be no holiday camp..’ for the non-international players when it comes to training in this two week spell without Premier League matches.

The Newcastle first team coach does though want the players to be ‘getting a bit of fun’ and so the coaching staff need to make training enjoyable. Though Paul Simpson didn’t confirm whether the Newcastle players would be allowed to take in toys on the last day…

After what happened with Tim Krul on international duty, it is to be hoped that with it being friendlies for the likes of Serbia and France, there will be less likelihood of injuries, though it is often the freak ones (injuries) that end up being the worst. Not necessarily the full-blooded tackles where both teams are going for it, this being summed up by Krul’s injury when he just landed awkwardly.

Whilst Rob Elliot was ruled out of travelling to Bosnia for Ireland’s play-off match on Friday, there is still a small chance he could be involved on Monday for the second-leg in Dublin.

Simpson says that they usually plan for the next match starting on a Monday but it will be Wednesday at the very earliest next week, when all the players could be back with Newcastle after the internationals.

The United Coach says the win at Bournemouth has helped to keep everybody upbeat, let’s hope they can run that through to the Leicester match, against the form team of the moment.

Paul Simpson talking to the official club website:

“We have a plan each week on the work we want to cover but that’s always dependent on the opposition we’re playing.

“Normally we’ll start the preparation on the Monday with the way we want to play against the opposition in question.

“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.

“The players are fully aware they will be having the weekend off so they will be worked extremely hard this week to keep their levels of fitness up.

“It’ll be no holiday camp for this two weeks and the players know that but we’ll also make it enjoyable for them so they’re getting a bit of fun out of it too”