The Blues’ boss said that with the way his side had been performing before he arrived, it would be in poor taste for the players to be seen enjoying themselves too much.
He said, “I’ve stopped the Christmas party because it is not needed at the moment because of the position we were in when I arrived here.
“I told the players I will pay them back when they come out of Christmas into January. We will socialise but we can socialise at the right time.
“It is very important that the players – in today’s environment with social media – are not seen to be out enjoying themselves too much.
“A lot has been asked of them, playing in Europe and with injuries.
“So the party is off until there is a period of time when we are in a very good position.”