Gerard Houllier feels that some of his Aston Villa players do not realise how good they have got it as they head into the hectic festive period.
Villa entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day, visit Manchester City two days later and then travel to Stamford Bridge to take on champions Chelsea on January 2.
The usual training schedule will commence in the run-up to the busy fixtures pile-up and the players are expected to be in on Christmas Day for a light session.
Last week they were given a welcome break after the game at Wigan Athletic was called off because of the adverse weather conditions.
But manager Houllier insisted he will not bow down to player pressure for more time away from the training ground.
“We know that we are changing things, we know that sometimes people are whingeing and moaning, but they have a fantastic job,’’ said the French disciplinarian.
“They are paid high wages to play and enjoy football. They come every day, they get one day off.
“But this is a fantastic job and sometimes you forget that.
“I am not going to give more days off than I was doing. I know some players would like to have more days off. This is not the case.
“A lot of people would like to be in our place. It is very easy to see the half-empty or the half-full glass.
“But also whining, moaning, complaining, not being happy is a feature of life today.
“Some players when they moan, I know they are in good shape.”
The Frenchman wants to hear less complaining and see more focus as Villa aim for a fourth successive top-six finish in the Premier League.
At present they sit in 15th place, just four points above the relegation zone.
This year they have arguably the toughest fixtures of the Christmas period as they take on teams all challenging for the title, and Champions League places.
But Villa do have players returning from their sick beds, which can only bode well for the future.
Last week Emile Heskey, Marc Albrighton and Nigel Reo-Coker returned to action, and Gabby Agbonlahor is also fit for the Spurs clash.
Influential midfielder Ashley Young will face a late fitness test.
Another boost for Houllier is that midfield duo Stiliyan Petrov and Fabian Delph have both returned to training and are just a few weeks away from full fitness.