Wednesday brought the long-awaited sunshine – and as a result, the Clarets took to the water!
There’s usually a team bonding session on these tours, and spot of white water rafting down the La Dranse riviera fitted the bill perfectly, rounded off with a BBQ at the rather splendid Evian Golf Club, where the prestigious Women’s Championship is held each year.
You can view a gallery of the white water rafting HERE, but as an aside the sight of 24 Premier League footballers herded onto a school bus to carry them up the mountainside did bring a smile to the faces of those less fortunate!
As did their passable impression of Minions after donning their safety helmets!
We are truly in illustrious company in the hotel here in Evian.
Thirteen years ago, the 28 most important and influential heads of state and Governments in the world convened here for a G8 Summit.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was among the dignitaries, accompanied by our own Alastair Campbell along and the likes of US President George W Bush, French leader Jacques Chirac and Russian and Italian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi.
A glass display cabinet celebrates this momentous gathering and provides evidence to the fact that, in an extravagant luxury, each leader had a presumably extortionate 70-year-old red wine with a unique label bearing their individual name.
It can’t have been much of a party, however, as the bottles remain unopened on site here in Evian! My guess is the water was too good!
However, it does beg the question as to when the Dyche 2015 and 2016 Vintages – Clarets, of course – go on display!
Elsewhere, behind every leader is another. And working alongside the gaffer and his staff out here is tour organiser Danny Stones.
Danny, who hails from Sheffield, has been at this game now for 20-odd years and, through his company Full Time Group, organises tours all year round for some of the biggest European and international clubs around, providing a welcome hands-on approach and meticulous planning that takes all the unnecessary distractions away from club staff and players.
On call 24/7, it’s fair to say Danny doesn’t sleep much, and while he’s overseeing the Clarets’ every detail in Evian, he’s also overseeing Rotherham United in Poland, planning Sunderland’s camp here in the next fortnight and Middlesbrough’s imminent trip to Spain.
Thanks to Danny, things have run like clockwork out here, and he’s definitely worthy of special mention.