Alan Pardew has come out today and said the pre-season tour of the States will be almost perfect preparation for the Newcastle side.
The famous Bakewell tart
The lads start the season on August 13th, with a home game against Arsenal, some start!
Newcastle will start their tour later this month and will play three friendlies with Sporting Kansas City (July 20th), Orlando City (July 23th) and Columbus Crew (July 26th)
Assistant manager John Carver was over here this last week to check that everything is ready for the Newcatsle squad arriving for their games later this month.
This is what Alan told the Newcastle site today:
“I know the facilities are top, top drawer,” “It’s good and accessible for our fans to see us.”
“The training conditions are perfect, the competition will be good, and importantly we can focus completely on our job without any distractions.”
“The food, language and climate won’t take any adjusting to and we can just get on with things.”
We suppose the food over here is much like that in England these days, with the fast food American restaurants all over England.
But be warned that you cannot get Vanilla slices and Bakewell tarts and that kind of stuff over here – the stuff I just love t have from Greggs Bakery, when I’m back in Newcastle.
My wife Madeline makes a great Bakewell tart – so I’ve obviously been lucky since we left Newcastle many moons ago.
But one big problem is when my wife makes them – however many she makes – it makes no difference – they’ve never been known to survive more than 24 hours, before somebody eats the lot.
There’s really nothing quite equivalent to those things over here, but we suppose well-conditioned footballers don’t eat that sort of stuff – come to think of it.
OK, then Alan’s right again – the food is no problem over here.
PS – before somebody thinks of blasting me – this article is meant to be light-hearted.