I THINK WHAT you'll find is that modern fitness practice dictates that the old regime or way of doing things, giving players seven weeks off, is not the done thing anymore.
What we have done over the last few years is give players programmes, telling players what we want them to do while they are away from the club environment. Say, every third or fourth day go out for a run or do this or that.
Lots of clubs are doing this. At the end of the season some clubs kept their players on for another couple of weeks for conditioning purposes.
To our mind, instead of giving them programmes or too long a break, having a training camp at this time is giving them a fitness top up half way through and then giving them another break afterwards.
They will work quite hard. But, what it actually does, is make pre-season a little bit easier. The old way would have been to come back and hammer your players in pre-season.
What doing it this way means, because their fitness levels won't have dropped so much, they won't need so much of the real hard work in pre-season that would have been done in the past.
We will be doing ball work because, as you can imagine from the last game of the season in May, to now, which is four weeks, the players won't have lost that much. It won't all be ball work that's for sure, but we will be incorporating balls quite early.
As always we are looking forward to seeing the players. It's nice to have your break, but it's nicer to be back I must admit.
I think it is as important for the coaches to have a break as it is for the players. The good thing for me - being in Mexico - is that I was far enough away that the temptation wasn't there to ring in every day. I was too far away.
I've had a very refreshing couple of weeks, but I'm very glad to be back.
We will still be watching the football out there. We will certainly arrange some of the sessions around certain games. It will be nice for the players as camps can be a bit boring at times - the football will fill in very nicely.
The squad head off for a training camp in La Manga on Thursday before completing their summer break, Chris Hughton explains the thinking behind the mid-holiday trip.