The manager came in for much criticism over the three day ‘holiday’ and added “The lads have had a few days off, but not five. The best way after a long season is to spend some time at home with the families.
They can’t get any fitter. They could do with a physical and mental rest. A few days training with a reminder of the basics, which we always do. ”
Nor is he too interested in a revenge factor when he goes to St James’ Park today after being sacked from the club seven years ago.
He said: “It’s not about Newcastle for me; some people have suggested I am all up for winning to try to send them down, I want to win it for West Ham because that’s where I work. I want to finish with a win away from home and finish with 50 points.
It’s been a long time since we parted company. For me, looking back is not what I am really about. Since Newcastle, I have had a fantastic time at Blackburn Rovers and a fantastic time here since then, which is nearly seven years. Time flies doesn’t it?”
“From a player point of view, James Collins is out (calf), having to leave the field after a few minutes. There was another fantastic performance from Reece Burke. James Tomkins is fit to join the squad again. ”