Sam Allardyce believes that some much-needed sunshine will give his Palace players a boost as they enjoy some warm weather training in Morocco this week.
The Eagles jetted off to North Africa after beating West Bromwich Albion on the weekend for a few days of hard graft on the training ground and the chance to relax with each other off it, and leaning on his vast experience in the game, Allardyce believes it’ll only benefit the Eagles in their quest to beat the drop.
Speaking to eagles.cpfc.co.uk
, he said: “The reason for the trip is my experience of taking my teams away over the past 20 years. The need for warm weather training, both physically and mentally, is without a doubt one of the reasons I have been a manager for so many years, and the players have been successful in increasing their performance.
“The toils and tribulations they go through during Christmas and New Year are very intense and the weather is terrible in England. We’ve got the sunshine here and so the lads can hugely increase their Vitamin D intake because of it, which makes everything better.
“When we get back hopefully the lads will reap the benefits. I’m not saying that it will make results an instant success, but it’ll give us a better capability to get them.”
Allardyce also heaped praise on the locals who have welcomed Palace with open arms, and the manager hopes that the chance to bond away from the work continuing to be put in on training pitches will be a successful by-product of the trip.
“I’ve got to know the group quite well by now, so I give them most of the time to themselves when we’ve finished the training session,” he added. “Relaxing and enjoying the facilities is a part of what this is all about. The hospitality the Moroccans have shown us has been absolutely superb and you couldn’t ask for anything more from these training facilities.”