Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle turned down the chance of tours to China and Thailand this summer.
Alan Pardew – his idea to tour America
Newcastle have arranged a three game tour of the USA in July, with games against Sporting Club Kansas, Orlando City and the Columbus Crew.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Newcastle will sign Yohan Cabaye next week, and he could be joined by Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, but we still wonder about that.
Pardew has said the first class facilities that exist in the states will give Newcastle a good start for their their pre-season preparations.
This is what Alan said this morning:
“America was my idea,” “From the conversations I’ve had with other managers, I’ve come to the conclusion that touring the Far East isn’t ideal. We had a couple of offers to go out there, and they were lucrative deals.”
“But they would have been beset with problems in terms of communication, facilities, traveling and food. While some of the distances are quite long in America, we know the training environment is going to be first class.”
“The food and facilities will be absolutely top-drawer. It will be the best place for us. I wanted to take the players to somewhere that would give them a bit of a buzz, and I think America will do that.”
“It should also be a great trip for our supporters as well. I’m sure we’ll have lots of people who will be looking at their holidays and thinking it will be nice to catch us in Orlando or Columbus.”
“There was a lot of thought went into that, and hopefully it will be a successful tour. It will be important because hopefully that’s where I’ll be bedding the new players in,”
“We don’t want to leave it too late with the signings. I’ve seen that (Roberto) Mancini has said he wants all his signings by July 1. Well, they’ve got the financial clout to do that. We haven’t, so we have to do the best job we can in terms of getting them in.”
“I’ve been to the States and had a little look round a couple of NFL facilities in the past.” “I’ve never toured there, but I know where we’re going is where Man United went, and Sir Alex has given it a very strong recommendation.”
The distances are quite big over here in the US, but that’s why everybody flies all over the place – so in that way it’s not too bad.
Of course the temperatures will be very high all over America in July, and here in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday, our high was 97 degrees Fahrenheit – we don’t do Centigrade over here – but I think that’s around 36.1 degrees C.
The facilities are first class for sports in America, and there is still an increasing interest in the other football – which they call soccer over here – a name derived from Association Football..
The European Champions League Final was put on the main Fox channel last Saturday, and apparently got a decent viewing audience.
It was unfortunate the US announcer said the teams were escorted out by four Beefeaters, rather then Royal Guards, but nobody corrected him and the referee was said to be from Hungaria – maybe the guy was nervous. 😀
I didn’t realize Beefeaters wore Busbies!
American Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey are by far the most popular sports in America, with football (soccer) still way way down the list.
In fact on the USA Today Sports page, there are 10 sports listed at the top, and soccer is not even listed separately, but under “More” – so you get an idea what we mean.
And by the way former Newcastle left-back Warren Barton is one of the top analysts over here on Fox Soccer, and he’s a terrific ambassador for Newcastle United.
Warren could hardly contain himself when he analyzing the 4-4 draw at home to Arsenal. 😀
And of course the tour gives a chance to all the Newcastle fans over here to see the lads.
The last time Newcastle were over here was when Bobby Robson brought the lads over in 2000.