With all the chaos in the UK and across Europe, caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland we have a hard time believing Newcastle will now be able to fly direct to Plymouth for the game on Monday night.
Chris Hughton – may havce to make 8 hour coach journey Sunday
The official Newcastle United party are not scheduled to leave for Devon until Sunday afternoon by air, but it could well be the ash has not cleared away by that time, and it’s far too dangerous to take any risks.
The ash gets into the turbine engines and the engines basically stop, and the plane drops out of the sky – so if there’s any danger at all – the Newcastle squad must take the coach, even though it’s a long, long journey down to the Devon city.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’re hopeful that everything goes ahead as planned.“We know that had the game been Saturday as it was originally planned then it would have been a problem.”
“Teams in the Premier League playing on Saturday may have to rearrange their travel plans.”
“At the moment we are still scheduled to fly out Sunday when the problems are expected to be resolved.” “But we are looking at alternatives.”
Unless things clear up very quickly in the next day or so, Newcastle should take the coach and maybe leave around 9:00am Sunday morning, so they get down there for an evening meal, and then they can prepare fully on the Monday which has a 7:45 pm kick off time.
Of course the ash in the skies will also impact the many Newcastle fans trying to make it down to Plymouth for Monday’s game.
A win is what we all want to see on Monday night, and it will not be easy, even though Plymouth are now second bottom of the Premiership.
Newcastle have respected all teams in the Championship, which is just one reason the team has been so successful this season.
Any team on their day can beat any other team in the Championship, whatever position they happen to be in the league.