12:29pm Friday 9th November 2012
Saints are sparing no expense in their bid to get a much needed victory – they are preparing for tomorrow’s crunch match against Swansea in one of Hampshire’s most luxurious hotels.
Under pressure manager Nigel Adkins desperately needs a win against the Welsh side and, after showdown talks with Nicola Cortese, managed to secure a two night away trip for his team ... despite the game being at St Mary’s.
Saints have taken the first team squad, management and backroom staff to the exclusive Four Seasons hotel in Dogmersfield, near Hook, where rooms cost in excess of £250 a night.
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An executive suite at the hotel – which boasts its own canine ambassador, a labrador dog rejoicing in the name of Oliver Beckington, above – will cost over £560.
The team will train in nearby Aldershot but have use of the hotel’s luxury spa and tranquil country grounds.
Adkins is hoping this peaceful backdrop and time away will galvanise a Saints squad that is low on self belief after a bruising start to the Premier League campaign.
“We’re going to change it around a little bit, change the stimulus round,” he said.
“That’s important because sometimes you can be coming to groundhog day.
“We reached ten games, we were always going to look to do that.
“Change the environment, change the mindset and make sure we get focused for the next game.”
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Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is designed around a Grade I heritage-listed Georgian manor house, built in 1728 as a private residence.
Dogmersfield Park dates back to the 11th century, where it was acknowledged in the Domesday Book. Rich in historical interest, it was here that King Henry VIII first met his future wife, Catherine of Aragon.
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