Sam Allardyce does not need to turn the clock back far to remember the benefits of a mid-season trip to Dubai.

The Hammers boss is using a break between fixtures to take his squad away to the Middle East emirate for five days of warm weather training, just as he did last year before their successful promotion push.

West Ham lost just one game after their return from Dubai in the 2011/12 season and Big Sam believes this week's trip will prove similarly beneficial ahead of the Barclays Premier League run-in.

He told West Ham TV: "The climate will be perfect and the training facilities will be superb. We'll be carrying on with the training, but let them relax too and after they've done their training allow them to enjoy the warm weather, the sunshine and the beauty of Dubai.

"Everything that goes with Dubai is fantastic, it's one of the best resorts in the world today and when you can go to release the pressures they're under on a day-to-day basis then hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the last part of the season.

"It worked last year, we had a fantastic finish to the season and I still think the trip that we had at this time last year was a big benefit in the end for getting us promoted into the Premier League.

"Most clubs have already been away, I've talked to a lot of managers and they've already taken the opportunity to get away when they can. A few more are going around the same time as us and some more afterwards. Nearly everybody does it today which obviously is a benefit to you and the team, and the results when you come back."

Following a hectic period of fixtures since Christmas, Big Sam is looking to make use of a 15-day gap between fixtures and is sure the players will return refreshed and ready for the season's finishing straight.

He added: "We didn't have the luxury of a two-week gap last year, we had to play a game on the Sunday when we came back, but this year it's about the early part of the week enjoying the warm-weather training and then coming back to have a bit of time with the families before getting back into the football world, to try and win the next game.

"When the lads can train in short sleeves and shorts, and the weathers in the 60s, 70s, 80s degrees, they don't want to finish training, they just want to carry on. You get an awful lot more out of them.

"When they're in gloves and hats, it's hard to keep them warm, you have to keep them going. It's not an ideal environment whereas Dubai is a fantastic environment for training.

"The benefits mentally will be massive. The pressure on players today is enormous in the Barclays Premier League, it's all around you, all the time. It's 24/7, so to go away and recuperate physically and mentally is a big, big thing for us."

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