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Newcastle United: Chris Waugh highlights pre-season moment that would annoy other managers

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Chris Waugh has been speaking about Newcastle United’s interesting pre-season methods on the latest episode of Pod on the Tyne.

Newcastle have spent some time recently out in Austria on a pre-season tour as Eddie Howe put his squad through their paces with the Premier League season now just over two weeks away which will see the Magpies open their campaign at home.

It wasn’t all about double sessions, something Dan Burn spoke about, and matches against German opposition, indeed the Newcastle squad spent time go-karting with staff members and also spent a lot of time on electric bikes they used to get about as well as to and from training sessions.

Waugh believes that the use of electric bikes would anger a lot of old-school managers, although Howe seemed very intent on using them.

(4:00) “They’ve been travelling around on E-bikes everywhere so they arrived at training all zooming in on their E-bikes. I bumped into Kieran Trippier in the middle of town the other day he was just sitting around on his E-bike. They’ve all just been really enjoying themselves doing that, they’ve had a bit of downtime go-karting.”

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Caulking then raised the question as to what the point of using an E-bike was in pre-season, given this is the time when players should be getting fit and thus, having to use a regular push bike, would help them achieve better fitness.

Waugh responded by saying: (4:15) “Yeah, I imagine like old school managers would probably sort of absolutely despise the concept of it.”

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Newcastle have put out videos on their YouTube channel of players arriving and then taking part in training sessions during their time spent out in Austria and it appears that a lot of the players chose to use the E-bikes, so they were clearly a big success within the camp.

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Also, while some old school managers may not understand why they would use an E-bike you don’t have to pedal, it will help reduce the risk of injury or pulling a muscle as less force is being put on the player’s bodies before they even warm up.

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