Newcastle Plans For Pre-Season Complete

Kevin Keegan this week has been concentrating on his plans in pre-season.


Kevin Keegan – decided on pre-season plans this week

But not surprisingly Keegan does not want to disclose what his plans are for lots of different reasons, not least of which is that he doesn’t want to distract his players from what is an extremely important game on Sunday.

Keegan spoke to the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have sat down and worked out what we want to do for our pre-season and where we want to go.”

“But I have not told my players or staff yet.”

There are a number of possibilities for the team. One is Asia and potentially China, and the other is America. If we’d have to guess which one we’d say Keegan will plump for America.

It is getting to be a hot bed for new young players over here, and with the Premier League now being shown over here, almost every game, lots of American youngsters are getting to realize just how big real football is as the world’s most popular game. The global game.

We’ll have to wait a while to see what the pre-season plans are, but it’s odds on that Newcastle will be traveling quite far, to play some of their pre-season games.

And with the new squad of players we’ll have by then – it’s going to be very interesting to watch Kevins’ new team, currently under construction on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Grant

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Would love for them to come to America but seriously, how can you say those are the options? They may generally be popular options but there are seven continents they could go to. No one knows except Keegan and a few select others. This is non-news and not even worth debating over just yet.

  • Kash2

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Any more news about that Althidore lad? Is he still kicking ass in the states?

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    hope its in america- just for you ed and you fellow newcastle followers in america, so you get to see the team first hand, hopefully like last years pre season your site is able to produce great pictures of the team chilling out a bit.

  • TER

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Would love to see NUFC sign Jozy Altidore, he is the real deal. Similar to Carroll but physically stronger and faster. It would be very nice to have both of those lads in the squad.

  • Mr T

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    America, play against Robert, Carver and….. I think Brittains there as well, I know he had a trial, what happened to him though I don’t know.


    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    why USA? I would rather guess china, becouse the magpies are very popular there…but it really doesn’t make any difference as long as we have the fantastic squad and pre season we need for the next season!

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Really, really wish Newcastle would make the effort to come down to Africa just once.
    They really do have a strong fan base down here.
    I would say outside of the top 4 (Arse, Man U, Chels and Liverpool) Newcastle are the most popular club.
    Man U have been down here. So have Barcelona, Tottenham – Which I covered (and gave Jenas shit for calling Newcastle goldfish bowl, which Robbie Keane found very amusing, and Jenas didnt – but screw him, lol).
    Come on Kev, Bring the boys down here. When else are we gona get a chance to see the club.
    America is only a 5 hour flight.
    Plus the international can get a taste of playing in South Africa for the world cup.
    And toon England supporters can come over for a fantastic safari holiday whilst watching the boys in preseason.
    The lads will get treated like kings here and can take a break to really relax in the African bushveld.
    For those of you who havnt experienced the Africa bush “in South Africa” which is far superior to Kenya or Tanzania. Then you have never known true relaxation.
    Wildlife, stunning coastlines, beautiful wine farms in Cape Town. The Tsitsikama Forrests in the Eastern Cape. The Kalahari Dessert.
    Come on Kev bring em here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nikki

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    i would also guess at china as mike ashley does a lot of business over there and would possibly like to build up our fan base there

  • DC Magpie

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Jozy would be a fantastic signing but I fear we waited one season too long. All the big guns are aware of him at this point and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him sign for ManU or Cheski.

  • Cape Toon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Howzabout Africa Kev? Tired of seeing Spurs Pool and Man U coming down. Come on bring the TOON to africa. Some competitive teams here – nice weather – come on Kev! 😉

  • Whumpie

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Nikki’s hit the nail on the head: they’ll go wherever is best to get more foreign supporters buying more merchandise. I have no problem with that – it all goes into the kitty and gets us closer to the top 4 in terms of transfer clout.

  • Cape Toon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice one JJ – only saw your post now. Maybe we should be campaigning a bit harder to bring the Toon Army to Africa? Come on Kev!! Bring the Toon to Cape! 😀

  • chuck

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    If Newcastle do visit the USA, gotta play at least one game in the N.Y. area, lots of fans here, dont let them down.

  • Obafan

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    I do not care where they go as long as that pre-season is a build-up for a magnificent season. That is where we all are waiting for!!!

  • Bill F

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t suppose Antarctica will be considered. 🙂

  • polak

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16


  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    i wouldnt fancy cape town, isnt it home to the biggest jail in the world? and is generally a drug and gun led city?

  • Thomas

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Magpies should take a sabatical and tour the world, then there wouldn’t be any debate on who is the best loved team in the world…

    Liverpool, Man U…”sorry mate never heard of them, but i do know newcastle and they are the epitome of football” is what we’d hear

  • shanghaitoon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Hope they come over to China… Shanghai in particular!!

  • Brad

    Apr 17, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Coming to America would be awesome

  • Cape Toon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    lol Leo I won’t digress any further but I’d suggest you get a second opinion or two as there are many detractors who bad mouth the country to re-enforce why they’ve left or justify their hatred of fellow men who just happen to look different. It’s really up to you to decide for yourself instead of listening to others (even me). Come visit sometime and come check out a local game. You’d be suprised to see opposing team supporters shaking hands after games … I attend lots of local matches -never come across any guns or violence yet 😀 As for NUFC, they’d fill any stadium in South Africa – guaranteed! Everyone knows the entertainers and King Kev. But they must come to Cape Town first if they come to Africa 😉 I’m biased like that

  • scottish mag

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    i hope they go over to south america so we can find some south american gems

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #23

    LOL Leo,
    Cape Town is quite safe, and the crime in the country really is blown out of proportion.
    I have lived here 25 years and fortunately never been robbed. Yet I was in London a week (got robbed) and Sydney a week (got robbed). So there unfortunately is crime everywhere.
    The crime is not a problem as long as you are not stupid and dont go into bad areas (same as any large City really).
    As for the football grounds and tourist destinations. They are generally very safe. I would say 100% safer then the European and South American venues. Spectator violence is very rare. People are there to appreciate football, perhaps the worst you’ll see is the odd joint being lit up ; ).
    Cape Town is beatutiful, as are the safari destinations. And like I say be aware (like in any city dont get careless and you will be safe).
    Newcastle fans are in abundance both in the black and white community. And like in the UK we are probably the most passionate supporters.
    Rare you’ll find a supporter without a replica shirt!!!
    Unlike the Man U “fans” who will still tell you Beckham is there favourite player.
    I think the NUFC boys will love Africa and so will anyone who travels here.
    So Ill be punting for a preseason tour!!!!!!
    If not this year then definately next year!!!

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #24

    my ex girlfriend was born in cape town, she said its ok, i saw a couple programs about the place, is there a big jail in the middle of it or am i mistaken?

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #25

    JJ i think you must walk around with your wallet on show? lol only joking, ive never had the displesure of being mugged, i dont think i would take to kindly to someone trying it on…

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #26

    No offense Leo, but your girlfriend either left when she was VERY young or hasnt expplained the history properly.
    The Big Jail she is probably refering to is a place called “Robben Island”.
    It is an island about 5km off the Cape Town coast on which former Apartheid prisoners, inlcuding former president Nelson Mandela spent many years.
    Nelson Mandela spent over 20 years of his inprisonment on the prison on Robben Island.
    Today the Island is a popular tourist desitination with a lot of history.
    It was formerly also used as a leppar colony.
    If you visit Cape Town you should go there and you’ll learn a lot about the history of the country and the route towards the liberation of the black people.
    The Island is also a Conservation region because of the Wildlife.
    The city itself has no BIG Prison in its centre but raher of the most famous natural landmarks in the World. “Table Mountain” – a beautiful landmark which makes Cape Town one of the most attractive Cities in the World.
    Table Mountain is a World Heritage Site, One of Five in South Africa.
    Anymore info required just give me a shout ; ).

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #27

    What can I say I’m patriotic!!!
    Viva the Bokke!!!
    Up the the Toon!!!

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #28

    cape town sounds like a good idea, different culture and lots of potential new talent aswell i would imagine

    all of the good americian talents are all discovered because of the intense media over there i.e adu, altidore

    where as over here there is very litle/no africian media coverage for football players, so there are potentially alot more gems to find in africa than there are in the states or china, unless mabye we find the next lee dong gook in china cus well……hes been in outstanding form for boro this season hahahahaah:P:P

    so we could also get a taste off a different style of football aswell as turn it into a scouting mission

    mite find the next martins,drogba,eto,o essien etc

    south africa for me, then mabye swing on by to the northern africian countrys because no offence south africa but the best things all come out of the north

    way up the tooon!!!!

    toon 4 africa alot more popular in africa aswell with the likes of martins, faye, beye, geremi etc.

    africa for me kev

  • Graeme

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #29

    If the Toon are coming to Africa, get yourself to Oba’s home town. Lagos in Nigeria would welcome the Toon with open arms and the atmosphere, with Oba in the team would be as electric as playing blunderland!!!!!

    We can but hope and pray eh!!!!

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey Cape Toon, we got one convert, another thousand to go and we could get King Kevs attention.
    By the way Shearer4PM, your right about most of the talent form the North, but thats because the leave for Europe at an early age and develop their skills whereas the South African league actually has a lot of money so they stick around and become stale.
    If we looked at the youngters and took them over early it would be a different story I reckon.
    Look at Bennoi Mcarthy and Steven Pienaar, and Lucas Radebe, they all left when they were fairly young. Developed at placed like Ajax. But there are alot brighter talents. They just need to be tought the techiques of the game.

  • Bill F

    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    OK you have covered the crime and drugs aspect, but what about the dangerous wild animals such as lions, elephants and herds of migrating wildebeeste that sweep across the parklands and through the gardens. Go on explain them away.

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Lol, Bill F. I take it you know the country and are being sarcastic.
    But if not….
    The Wildlife areas in South Africa are very very well protected, unlike the rest of the continent.
    All major game parks are fenced in.
    But dont feel sorry for the animals. The kruger Park, is fenced but is massive. Bigger than the whole of the UK. The closest Wildlife area to Johannesberg is about 2 hours drive.
    As with Cape Town or any other major City. Unless of course you are looking at Marine life: life shark cage diving, scuba diving etc.
    As much much as I wish we could see elephants and lions walking through our gardens. Im afraid unless you live in quiter areas outside of the cities you wont see any game. And even then you wont see any big game (wild animals) unless you go to the Nature Reserves of which there are hundreds.

  • malaysian toon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #33

    i hope its in south east asia so i cant atleast spend a dollar and get a game. the last time newcastle was in malysia i was so happy get to watch my team up close

  • Bill F

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #34

    JJ, yeah it was just a bit of gentle leg pulling, I was working with a SA guy until I retired recently. Also two of my friends just got back from a SA holiday and they thoroughly enjoyed it so I do know something about the country.
    Countries and cities are a bit like footy teams inasmuch they often get the tabloid scare stories rather than the good news.

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #35

    correct jj she was young….

  • clinta

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #36

    If your talking shear numbers of people you can expose the team too than you can’t go past China, 1Billion and counting versus 250 million in the states, and if you factor in that footballs much bigger in China with not much other sport code competition and a hugely growing economy and middle class with spare cash it’s a great time to get some new fans over here

    it would be big in the press too, no one would notice in most of the states?

    and yeah i’d get to see the boys again without a trip england.

    hec go to both if time permits? it’s important to have a good pre season though not just a money grabbing tour.

  • clinta

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #37

    don’t get the talk about young talent here or there either, what difference does that make for pre season tour os?

    we’ve got scouts that can fly out and check out this sort of talent at a fraction of the price of taking the whole team???

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 18, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #38


    yeh but you cant play againest the team, you can judge talent alot more efectivly if they mabye get a chance to train or even have a match with the team


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