Stoke to join Man Utd and West Ham in Dubai
The Potters are due to head for the UAE after Wednesday night’s EPL game at home to Swansea City to take advantage of a ten-day gap in league fixtures.
Mark Hughes’ side went in to Wednesday’s matches in 14th place in the EPL, just two points above the relegation zone with 13 games remaining.
“This is something Mark has wanted to do because he has done it before and found it beneficial, so we are obviously happy to support him,” Stoke City chairman Peter Coates told The Sentinel. “I’m sure they will be doing some training while they are out there [in Dubai] and now is a good time to do so with a 10-day break between matches here [in the UK].”
Coates added that league survival was a top priority and that good preparation for the remaining games was of utmost importance.
“We would all like a few more points, but we have got what we have got and that is football for you. Obviously the first task this season is staying up, and that is clearly proving to be difficult for a lot of clubs with 10 or 11 of them all concertinaed in the bottom half of the table.
“It is an unusual season in that respect and there is a lot to do yet, but we have just had a couple of good results and that will help.”
West Ham will be training at Dubai Sports City, but the locations of the Manchester United and Stoke City camps are so far unconfirmed. Dubai Sports City, Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence and the Hamdan Sports Complex have all issued denials.
West Ham were in Dubai this time last year along with fellow EPL sides Sunderland, Norwich City, Reading, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City.