Howe's fibs may derail Newcastle survival hopes after confirmed news - pundit
Newcastle United do not have a choice but to jet off to Saudi Arabia and it may distract them from trying to maintain their Premier League status.
That is the view of ex-Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Newcastle’s mid-season training camp.
Eddie Howe confirmed yesterday (22 January), via the Guardian, his squad are set to fly to Jeddah today (23 January) for a week-long training camp.
He insisted the decision was made for “footballing reasons” and revealed they may play a friendly while out on the Red Sea coast.
Mills claims the manager is clearly bending the truth.
“I don’t think they’ve got a choice,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“It’s not purely football, it’s clearly not. If they didn’t have Saudi Arabian owners they wouldn’t be going to Saudi Arabia.
“It’s not a pure football decision in any way, shape or form. Ok, sometimes you might need a little break. It will be 30 degrees, that’s seriously warm training and then to come back to the freezing cold, let’s see how it goes.
“Let’s be honest, it’s PR and marketing. The Saudi owners want to show off their new club and players and put on a show. That’s what Eddie Howe and the players have to do.
“It can be a nice little break, getting away from the local press, the local noise. It can have a positive effect.
“But if it doesn’t, the question will be asked ‘Why did you go there?’. It’s a difficult situation.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a good idea or not. The perception will be if you win it’s good, if you lose it’s bad.”