“I told the players I will pay them back when they come out of Christmas and into January in a better position," the manager is quoted as saying by The Guardian. "They can go and socialise at the right time. As a manager it was very important that the players, in today's environment with social media, were not seen to be out enjoying themselves too much.
“They have turned things around already for me but [the festive schedule] is our biggest demand. It is probably not overall because a lot has been demanded already with their season starting in July with Europe, and the injuries. A lot has been demanded of the players and Christmas will be the same.
“The party is off until there is a period of time when we are in a very good position and I can tell the lads they can have the relaxing time that they deserve. But whatever they do I don't want a phone call telling me they've been in trouble or they will be in even more trouble with me.”