The Magpies boss shelves team bonding plans

“We have spoken about it, you look at your options, but it’s a difficult one,” he said.

“You can take them to the races, the greyhounds or whatever and then you get accused of getting them into betting.

“If you take the boys out for a couple of beers which can be a good thing, then the fans might turn around and say ‘why are we partying when we are bottom of the league?’.

“That isn’t the case. It’s a bit of team bonding. You can take them go-karting but then you’ve got insurance and what happens if somebody gets whiplash?

“There are so many different things you can do, but you are wondering what the response would be and whether it would have the desired effect.

“I’d like to do something and back in the day when I was at Wimbledon we’d go to the horses, have a few beers, at a time when it wasn’t going to affect anything.

“But nowadays with social media everything is posted and then you open a can of worms.

“We’ll take it week by week and see if there is something that can get us together.

“But I think the team spirit comes from the way the staff interact with the players. We are all in it together and I think that’s more important than a token day out.”