Graeme Jones has a consistent message for the Newcastle United players while they train in Saudi Arabia.
Eddie Howe’s team have travelled to Riyadh for a warm weather training camp, as they prepare for domestic football to resume once the World Cup comes to an end.
Newcastle’s first game back is on December 21st, when they face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup. Then the Premier League returns on Boxing Day, with the Magpies travelling to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester.
Howe will be keen for his team to pick up where they left off, having started the season in sensational fashion. Newcastle are currently third in the Premier League, and have only lost one game.
It has been a team effort from Newcastle, with players fighting for points and putting their bodies on the line. We have been relentless in our pressing, and look fitter than ever before.
The coaching staff will be keen for the players to maintain their high level of fitness, and appear to be doing a lot of running out in Saudi Arabia. That does not sound pleasant given the heat in the Middle East.
But as the players get some miles in their legs, they are hearing a consistent message from one Toon coach.
Graeme Jones keeps shouting ‘standards’ at Newcastle players
The club have released a YouTube video of the players’ first day of training in Riyadh. They have been doing a lot of running, with some players looking physically drained by the session.
Newcastle’s players appear to have been doing the bleep test, as they look to maintain their exceptional fitness levels to ensure they can keep up the pressing style that has made them so successful this season.
On two occasions during the bleep test, Jones can be heard shouting the same message to the players.
At 7:00, he shouts ‘come on, good standards lads’. Jones can then be heard again at 7:32, repeating his message of ‘standards lads’.
The bellowing from Jones is certainly interesting, as it shows how normalised relentless running has become under Howe. It is the minimum that is expected.
While we were unfit under Steve Bruce, standards have been raised by Howe. And that is why we are becoming so successful under his and his staff’s guidance.