West Ham United have touched down in the Austrian capital Vienna ahead of a six-day training camp.

Having returned to pre-season training at Chadwell Heath on Sunday, the Hammers will get down to serious work under warm and sunny skies.

With manager Sam Allardyce remaining in London to take care of transfer business, assistant manager Neil McDonald will lead the squad in Austria, working alongside first-team coach Wally Downes and goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson.

A 21-man squad made the two-and-a-half hour flight on Monday, including new signings Jussi Jaaskelainen, Stephen Henderson, George McCartney and Mohamed Diame and youngsters Ravel Morrison, Dan Potts and Sebastian Lletget.

After arriving at Vienna Airport at just before 1pm local time, the squad collected their luggage before boarding a coach for the 90-minute drive to the team hotel. There, having driven over to Austria on Sunday, kit manager Peter Williams and strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo, had already set-up the kit and physio rooms ahead of the players' arrival.



With less than seven weeks until West Ham's opening Barclays Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on 18 August, McDonald and his backroom staff will now begin the task of preparing the squad for the Club's return to the top flight in earnest.

After a late lunch at the team hotel, which has previously been used by the likes of Spanish champions Real Madrid, Italian giants Internazionale and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, the squad enjoyed a short rest before heading to the training pitch for their first session of the week.

Throughout the week, the players will take part in a variety of water-based and pitch-based conditioning sessions devised by fitness coach Eamon Swift in conjunction with McDonald and his coaching staff.

The squad will also participate in other activities during their time in Austria, such as cycling, maximising the use of the beautiful surroundings and favourable weather conditions.

The trip will climax on Saturday evening when West Ham take on 23-times Austrian Bundesliga champions FK Austria Wien at the Franz Horr Stadium.

Tickets for the fixture, which kicks-off at 4pm, will go on sale at the stadium from Kassa 6, West Tribune, from 2pm on matchday. All tickets are priced at 10 Euro.

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