Darren Moore has hatched this plan to give West Brom an edge over rivals Leeds and Norwich
Darren Moore will take a full party of players and staff away following Saturday’s Championship clash with Norwich.
The head coach is taking advantage of the re-scheduled TV clash at Bolton, which goes ahead on Monday, January 21 and kicks off what the club describe as ‘ an intense run of fixtures throughout the remainder of January and February’.
Baggies have booked a five-day training trip to Dubai which Moore believes can be hugely beneficial to his players.
“I had this trip at the back of my mind within a couple of days of my appointment but we had to wait for our FA Cup result before finalising plans,” Moore told the club website .
“All we are focusing on at the moment is the Norwich game which is going to be another tough fixture in the schedule.
“We have got a couple of extra days to prepare for the Bolton game which follows and I believe it will be very beneficial for the players to get a change of scenery, a change of rhythm and get further quality training under their belts.
“This trip will give us the opportunity to work hard on the team’s development, of their work in and out of possession and their capacity to cope with all the different challenges the Championship can throw at you.”
The trip has meant that a supporters’ club dinner to celebrate the Albion careers of Chris Brunt and James Morrison this weekend has been postponed.
The two Baggies stalwarts, who between them have totted up more than 730 appearances, were the subjects of a special tribute which had been scheduled to take place at The Hawthorns on Sunday in an event organised by the Albion’s Official Supporters Club.
Brunt said: “We are both really touched and honoured by the idea of the dinner and we’re really sorry to have inconvenienced everyone. But we are trying to set an alternative date now and hopefully, when it finally does take place, we’ll all have a great night.”
Official Supporters Club officials have been busy contacting the capacity near-300 ticket-buyers to give them the unfortunate news.
Chairman John Homer said full refunds would be available on request and added: “It’s a decision we have taken with the utmost regret.
“Having James and Chris and their families with us was one of the major attractions of the dinner and we did not feel it right to press ahead once we heard that they could not be there.”