Scott Wilson in the Northern Echo is reporting today that Newcastle will return to Carlton House, near Dublin for pre-season training, much like they did last year.
Chris Hughton – off to Dublin again
There’s no official news from the Newcastle club on this yet, but it wouldn’t surprise us at all, if this happened.
Lots of players have said the training camp there last July helped forge the team spirit that saw Newcastle do so brilliantly last season in amassing an amazing 102 points and 30 wins, to easily win the Championship title.
As previously reported, Newcastle will start their preparations for next season’s Premier League re-entry with pre-season games at Carlisle United and Norwich City.
The squad will return from their summer break to begin pre-season training on Thursday, July 8th – and that’s just 3 days before England should be in the final of the World Cup. 😀
But it’s good to get back just for a couple of days to get into the swing of things, before having the weekend off, and possibly watching Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini play in the World Cup final for Argentina.
The squad will then do what they did last summer, under such difficult circumstances , and will travel to Carton House, near Dublin, to spend a week at their intensive training camp. The mood should be a lot better this time around.
The first pre-season game will be at Brunton Park, Carlisle on Saturday, July 17th (KO 3:00 pm), and the team will then travel to Norwich City at Carrow Road a week later on Saturday, July 24th (KO 3:00 pm).
Hughton talked about the Norwich City game:
“Like us, Norwich have enjoyed a tremendous season and we’ll both be looking forward to the new campaign with much relish and anticipation.”
I’m sure it’ll be a good game of football and a terrific preseason work out for both sets of players.”
There will be more pre-season fixtures to be announced, and sources in Scotland are saying that Newcastle are negotiating a game at Ibrox Park with Glasgow Rangers, and that would be a very good pre-season fixture.