West Ham United captain Mark Noble has defended the club’s decision to send the squad on a warm weather training camp to Miami.
Social media and various newspapers have been awash with pictures of several members of the squad relaxing on the beach in Florida.
However, the Hammers are in a state of turmoil at home and, in their last home game against Burnley , witnessed the team succumb to a 3-0 trouncing which prompted multiple pitch invasions.
David Moyes’ side are currently sitting 16th in the Premier League , just three points above the drop zone.
But noble believes now is the right time to get away to a training camp.
“I’ve been on loads of them [warm weather training camps],” he said on the Jim White Show on Thursday.
“I think they’re great me, just to change the scenery, train in a different location like this morning training was really hard and we had a lot of fun.
“But we got the work done, especially at the right times.”
As a result of being knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic, West Ham do not have a game until March 31 – a proverbial six-pointer with fellow strugglers Southampton .
And while disgruntled fans would have been further incensed at seeing pictures of the squad on the beach, Noble promised fans his team-mates were working hard.
He said : “Obviously we haven’t got a game for three weeks, the change of scenery.
“You hear people say they’ve gone on holiday, believe me this isn’t a holiday the way we train.”