The players and staff of West Ham United have embarked on a warm-weather training camp in Miami, Florida during the club’s March three-week break from competitive action.
Manager David Moyes confirmed this after the Premier League defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium on Saturday in his post-match press conference, which MooreThanJustAClub were fortunate enough to be in, stating the following.
“We’re going away to Florida, tomorrow, five days, this was, three-week break, if ever there was going to be a chance to get a time, you would have to say, this looks the obvious one.”
This will be the first time that the Hammers’ squad have journeyed to the United States of America since their 2016/2017 campaign pre-season tour, when they travelled to Seattle.
The training camp comes after the East Londoners were convincingly beaten in a must-win home match against Sean Dyche’s Clarets which was marred by supporter protests towards the board, a loss that saw the fall down to 16th in the English Top-Flight standings.
But does the former Manchester United boss believe that the upcoming break is the best thing for the club in its current state? He proclaimed this about going three weeks without a competitive match,
“Well, I think it’s what we’ve got, we can’t do anything about it, we’ll try and get ourselves prepared and ready to go, as I said, we’ll see.
“The players have had a really long, long time, they’ve not been away, so I’m taking them away, on the back of this would I like to? No, but am I doing it? Yeah, because I believe it’s the right thing for the players.
“I believe we’ve now got eight games to go and it doesn’t change, we’re not in the bottom three, we’re out of it and we’re going to try and win as many of those games as we can.” Announced the Scotsman.
Five of the East London side’s aforementioned remaining eight games will be played at the London Stadium, a ground that they have only been defeated in twice since Moyes arrived in October 2017.
However, it’s not known whether or not they will be allowed to play their next home encounter, on the last day of March against Southampton in front of their own supporters or not.
The club are still waiting to find out the consequences of an FA investigation into Saturday’s events in Stratford, which saw several fans invade the pitch and missiles thrown up at the Director’s Box, it is being rumoured that remaining home matches may have to be played behind closed doors.
Having flown out to Miami on Sunday, the squad are believed to have touched down safely Stateside and will return later in the week ahead of an International break.
But, before the Claret & Blue stats jet off to represent their respective countries, they have the matter of an away friendly against National League side Dagenham & Redbridge to attend to.
The PL outfit offered to help their neighbours, who sit five divisions below them and in the grips of a financial crisis by playing them in a fundraiser, the fixture will be held on Wednesday 21 March at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.