Newcastle One Of The Biggest Clubs In The World


No we didn’t just make up that headline.

😀

It was a comment by Adrian Heath, the manager of Orlando City, who Newcastle will play on their American tour.

Adrian hearth – Orlando City manager

Adrian Heath played for eight different clubs during his career and played mostly for Stoke City, Everton, Manchseter City and Burnley.

Adrian then started his management career back in 1996, and he managed Burnley, Sheffield United and was caretaker manager at Coventry City.

Adrian then moved stateside in 2008 to manage the USL-1 expansion team, Aztex FC, based in Austin, Texas.

Adrian was also a former member of Peter Reid’s Sunderland coaching staff, so has worked in the North East.

Adrian spoke to the Newcastle Journal recently and talked about the upcoming friendly when Newcastle play Orlando City.

Adrian had this to say, and some flattering words for Newcastle:

“First and foremost we are looking forward to the game, and playing against one of the biggest clubs in the world in only our second year of existence is a major achievement.”

“We are going to be three quarters of the way through our season by the time it comes around. In terms of match fitness and sharpness there will be no issues at all, and the lads are all looking forward giving Newcastle a strong test.”

“There are a lot of considerations when you are planning an overseas tour, but America ticks the boxes in pretty much every one of those,”   “On things like climate, facilities, food and language then it has the advantage over the Far East, and with the travelling time being a bit less as well you can see why more and more teams are coming over here for pre-season now.”

“It might not be as lucrative as the Far East, but as somebody who has toured Asia as a player myself, the stifling humidity you often get over there at this time of year really doesn’t do much for your preparations from either a conditioning or footballing point of view.”

“There is nothing quite like leaving home and going on the road with your team-mates for a couple of weeks, and it really helps to cement the spirit in the squad,”   “When I was a player we always did a bit of touring, but not to the extent that sides seem to be doing nowadays.”

“We went to the Far East, Australia and New Zealand with Everton, but it seemed to die out for a time and has only just came back in the last decade or so.”  “It is the first time that you get to know people really well, being on the road, and the manager will maybe allow the boys out together for a few beers when the time is right.”

“That is all good for the camaraderie going into the new season, but they will have three tough games out here as well.”  “Everybody wants to try and grow their brand in the USA, because it is a really lucrative emerging market for the Premiership.

“If you take Chelsea as an example, by coming here for the last four years in a row they have developed a stronger American presence and fan base, and I am sure that Newcastle will have half an eye on that. From our own point of view at Orlando City it is a huge coup to get a club of Newcastle’s stature over here, and we are expecting what they are – a top-class outfit.”

“When you look at their squad there is a lot of quality there with the likes of Fabricio Coloccini, Joey Barton and José Enríque to name three and they have new signings who they will be looking to add into that.”

The American tour should be a good one, and it gives the Newcastle a chance to get some good publicity stateside.

With the Premier League games being shown live over here for the last several years, there will be a growing interest in football (soccer) over here, and we think some excellent youngsters will be coming through in America.

If you think back ten to fifteen years ago, there were very few, if any,  Americans playing in the English leagues, but there are a lot more now, and that will only increase, and probably quite significantly in the years ahead.

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124 comments so far

  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #1

    This is what Orlando is thinking….what every NUFC player is thinking is DISNEYLAND! 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m looking forward to this tour, american teams can play surprisingly well at times. Should be fun.

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  • nufcgaz687

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    will any of the tour be screened on sky tv

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    nufcgaz687@

    No not as i am aware of BUT as Warron Barton works with Fox in US i wouldnt be suprised if they are shown on US TV channels.

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  • veto

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #5

    i remember my first trip to orlando , in epoct centre disney world you could buy two different football strips in the england sections shops in the park .
    manchester united and newcastle united , granted that’s when we were ‘the entertainer’s’ but it does show that if were going int he right direction this club is very marketable to the rest of the world .
    it’s mainly due to the support the people of newcastle give this football club of ours .

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    hahaha – thats americans for you , sooooooooooo exagerated with everything!! we ae no where near 1 of the biggest teams in the world lol!!!

    i see ziani is available – another midfielder tho
    stil no news on a striker coming?? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • Eastander

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    veto – I was in the rose and crown english pub in epcot the summer before last and the only english football shirt I could find was the Newcastle one

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    In the new pics that are on the official website. Ranger looks so depressed and sad lol. Maybe hes been told hes not wanted, but then why would sky take pictures of him if hes not going to be here?

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  • boater

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Ha ha “better for food in the US than the far east”??? Is it? looks like Heath has had his share of mamma’s burgers, fires and ribs every day. Not sure that’s the optimum sports diet.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Pic 2 was Best in Orange shirt, would of prefered black shorts and socks the white just makes us look like Blackpool 🙁

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  • slazberger

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    see theres alot of shots of players in the orange change kit, which still hasnt been officially revealed lol

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  • PonderingSnail

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    We are simply NOT one of the biggest clubs in the world. I love the club more than anything, but we can’t claim that title. I feel embarrassed by this type of article.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Jose Enrique was there, with Nile both looked unhappy. Put that next to Arfa looks well happy.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    slazberger

    You can pre-order it from the official site, I think that counts as being revealed lol

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Depends how many clubs you consider ‘big’ I would say we are top 20 in the world

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  • slazberger

    Jul 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #16

    yes i know i posted that about a week ago Biff. but even that wasnt revealed it just appeared on the shop page not news page or anything.

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  • Toonarmy1993

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    well jose and nile look happy in those pics…. least ben arfa’s grin made up for them 2 haha

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  • PonderingSnail

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    WWJBD

    Well, we are of course a premier league team, which definitely counts us as half decent! But i don’t think w’re even top 20. Also depends what we mean by ‘big’. Successful? We aren’t. Big stadium? There are bigger. Best fans? Of course.

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  • Phil K

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Top 20 ? Maybe, just.
    We could and should be one of the biggest no doubt about that.
    I’ll be in Orlando, but in October so will miss the chance of seeing them (I’ll be busy enjoying myself I suppose !)

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Stoke have just bid £6m for Sturridge FT get off your ars* & sign Sturridge

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    How cheesy is that photoshoot.

    But its not all about smiles, its for the pre-match sequences, so players should look focused not jovial! So I don’t think we can read too much into their expressions!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #22

    @20

    Didn’t they already have a bid rejected?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #23

    To me big clubs are good fan base, big stadium, history and how well known they are.

    I would say we are in top 20 in the world considering that. You say Newcastle United anywhere in the world that knows football and odds on they will know who you are on about.

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  • niafron

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Well, guys, NUFC is almost french now, so in any matters, he is the envy of the world.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25
  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    JB
    Should be over within 2 weeks but expect it in the news daily until the decision is made

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  • JackButler

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #27

    WWJBD

    good, don’t want this taking any longer than that, get him in and lets move on, the swans chairman being a dick once again

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    swansea need to wise up.
    there gonna be left with a bitter,unhappy player if they dont.

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  • lesh

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    PonderingSnail @12.. it depends which world you’re referring to.

    Let’s not forget, that many of our US friends don’t even know that a world exists outside of their home state or the USA.

    So, on that basis, Newcastle United could be a club from another planet as far as some’ll be concerned!

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #30

    LOL so what if stoke have just bid 6 million for sturridge, that would’nt even get his right leg. Sturridge will be too expensive imo around 20 mill. I think we have already spent around 12 mill with signing on fees and agents fees by the looks of it we will get Taylor in for competition at lb then sign a st for 6-9 mill. That will be us done apart from a few development players if were lucky. If enrique goes we will buy a replacement for the same value as he is sold for. That is a decent window imo 5 new players in with gosling and HBA back then a few development players. It will also leave some cash spare if we need to buy in the january window. The TV money and sponsorship etc will hopefully be used to reduce the clubs debt so that we are in good shape in a few years to put that all into the team. Happy with how its going tbh.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #31

    JB
    Aye dont blame him to much though they are just trying to make a point that they wont be ripped apart…..they just picked the wrong battle because if that release clause isnt a release clause thats the weirdest contract I have ever heard of

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  • dave_barron363

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Did you purposefully mean to start every sentence in the first half of the article with the blokes name Ed? :p

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #33

    this is funny.for any of use that no paul wyn on twatter.

    Leazeslad Steve
    by weldy1980
    For anyone who knows Paul Wyn please look at this pic and get it retweeted fpmsl http://i54.tinypic.com/24wd3k0.jpg ahahahahahahaha genius
    3 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

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  • niafron

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #34

    lesh

    At least, they have noticed, french, they congratulate us all the time for being such an excellent country.

    Well, at least, it’s what i think, i’m not sure my english is good enough to understand all of what they say about us…

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  • hainesy

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #35

    I am of the opinion that the Premier League board will either immediately reject his letter or they will take a look and decide that a release clause means that should a bid matching the certain amount of the clause MUST be accepted. I feel he will win because the clause Swansea are claiming it is has virtually never been heard of. Naylor will say I thought it was a normal release clause that would allow me to move if a team offered 1M for me.
    I just hope it doesn’t take too long.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #36

    WWJBD

    if he doesn’t want his side ripped apart he should not allow clause’s like that in players contracts!
    But if he does allow them, then he has to honour them, the guy has a history of acting separate to the laws of the game, and only recently had to back down in the row with Ipswich.
    Its a shame because the team play great passing football and they are being let down by the actions of the Chairman

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    JB
    Aye mate its stupid what he is doing I dont disagree….and I really dont see how they can win this case
    I like Swansea for their team but the way they are conducting themselves isnt making them many friends. In all fairness had they simply honoured the contract they could easily of ask to take some ofour players on loan which would of helped them a lot

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  • adamv

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #38

    West ham have accepted a bid from Stoke for Carlton Cole, so glad that we are not the club signing him!

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  • JackButler

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #39

    WWJBD

    exactly mate, allow Taylor to come to us and give them Airey and Ranger on loan, the player gets his move, our players get the experience they need and Swansea keep their professional dignity

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #40

    well pleased cole is going to stoke.
    i would rather have shola ffs….lol

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