Alan Pardew’s Interview With Orlando City


We thought it would be interesting and beneficial to bring Alan Pardew’s interview with Orlando City to the Newcastle fans.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Here is the interview Alan gave yesterday, and the lads will play in the Citrus Bowl on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm, which is 12:30 am on Sunday morning in England.

The interviewer is Adam Soucie

How has your trip been so far overall?

“So far so good. We have had tremendous treatment here in Kansas City, Orlando has a tough act to follow. The facilities and the way we have been treated have been great.”

“We are very, very pleased with that and we hope Orlando will be the same in that regard. We have the game this evening, of course (Newcastle played Sporting Kansas City on  Wednesday night – game ended in 0-0 draw), which is the most important part of our trip.”

What kind of overall expectations do you have for this trip?

“I think the level of competition is up considerably, the MLS has certainly raised their level of play. We will get the competition that we need to prepare for the Premier League.”

What do you expect out of the game against Orlando City?

“I think Orlando will give us a challenge on Saturday night. The match against Orlando will definitely be a tough one. All of this is preparing us for our upcoming season, so every game that gives us more experience is a good one.”

Are you worried about the heat and humidity down in Orlando, given that we are in a different climate than Kansas City and Columbus?

“The heat is definitely an issue. No matter where we play in America, it will be hot. We can’t do anything about that, we just have to play in whatever weather that day has in store for us. We might have to adjust a little bit, but nothing to major.”

Does being in a different climate help you guys prepare for your upcoming season?

“In England, most of our stadiums don’t have roofs on them. You can get that type of heat during the first couple of games, upwards of 90 degrees sometimes. It is not unusual.”

“But it is good that we are training in this heat. The benefit of all the training and work we are putting in now will certainly pay off later.”

When it comes to the games you play in the states, what is more important for you, winning the match or developing the fitness you need for the season?

“I almost want to say it is right down the middle. We want to adopt a winning mentality early on in the preseason, but at the same time I know how important it is to keep the health and fitness of the team in check.”

“We will try to protect our players, but we want to have that winning mentality and go for the win even if we are in a deficit.”

Good answers from Alan, who has to play the diplomat for Newcastle on this tour.

The game will kick off in Orlando on Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Citrus Bowl.

And it seems that tickets are still available, starting at just $25.

Call 855-ORL-CITY (855-675-2489) to get a ticket.

Orlando are calling this week Newcastle week, as they are really looking forward to welcoming Newcastle today.

Comments welcome.



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139 comments so far

  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Haha ‘Newcastle Week’ Orlando is mint haha

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Not really interested in this tour now. Yesterday’s injury to Ben Arfa has put a real dampener on it. Add to the fact that Barton, Cabaye and Ranger can’t participate either…

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    The only good news i have heard 2day is that

    Paraguay r 1 step away from winning Copa america.

    Come on Larissa

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  • LondonMagpie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian Magpie….

    We dont want that i’ve had a bet on from the start about Uruaguay (however you spell it) Suarez is looking hot for them plus they got the kid from Italy i think he plays for Napolli and they jus said they wont sell him for less then 100 M euro

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  • BigKirky

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5
  • alex84

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    FML!! im bricking it that HBA is guna be out for a while… they said it wasnt serious, now he is coming home to get treatment…Fingers crossed!

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  • BigKirky

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Great words these from the U.S. fans and great for them that they get to see the players:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frs2cfYD0rU&feature=related

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    @LondonMagpie

    You must be talking abt edinson cavani.

    @ bigkirky

    i am fearing the worse 2

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  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Totally off thread but this article may dispel any illusions bout Ashley and his ‘greed’ and dealing with the club’s finances.

    A shrewd guy, there’s no doubt!!

    http://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/Columnists/NoFreeLunch/article/20110721/a3c90aa8-b2b4-11e0-a7cc-00144f2af8e8/Mike-Ashley-the-comeback-kid.jsp

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  • An injury is an Injury. And will require treatment regardless of how “bad” it is.

    Arfa is probably being sent back here as a precaution. No point rushing him back for two more games only to worsen the injury. He has been out for awhile, and imo sending him back is a smart move. Make sure he is fully fit for the start of the season.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Look if HBA is out for awhile then he is out for awhile. 1 player doesnt make a team and the kid will heal

    The world hasent ended

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  • Guess the focus of the rest of the tour is mainly to see/hear good performance reviews about Marveux, Ba and unexpectedly Abeid (I honestly did not expect him to be this involved, thought he was for the future)

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    @11 he is only back into full training and fcuker pardrew threw him into 2 fast paced matches ..and rested jose enrique..

    Alan pardrew is a donkey and ben arfa will miss most games this season an donkeyballs wont buy cover cuz hes getting bullied by the big fat guuy

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  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    @wwjbd11: Hey that was almost a positive comment… 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    I see everyones wetting themselves as usual. From what I can tell Vuckic and HBA’s injuries arent too serious and I couldnt care less about guthries as we have ample cover in cm.

    Only one I’m worried about is fergy as if thats serious we’re screwed for a LB as we all know bull will be off soon.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    kevy
    Was Pardew not meant to play HBA ever? And how can you say HBA will miss most games this season?

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Kevy,
    He had to play.. Its a injury everyone gets injured. Like he said he will heal.
    Should be back before the season yeah?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Felipe

    Haha am positive about the players we have and how we will play even the manager. Am just negative about transfers and the management

    Complex soul I am haha

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Seriozly like?? we will never sign another ben arfa cuz we got him for so cheap so we hada get are best outa him

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  • Stuart

    Jul 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Didnt you hear WWJBD? HBA is for looking at, not for playing.

    We can’t play our best player man, he might get injured!

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  • Felipe

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    @kevy: So what would you have done tactical genius? Waited until the start of the season and introduced him against Arsenal? If you remember he was ready to come back the last 3 or 4 games of last season but they decided they might as well hold him off until after the summer break. How is it Pardew’s fault that he gets clobbered by an over enthusiastic yank? What a moron!

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  • MykToonFan

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    @kevymartins

    Ben Arfa was given a clean bill of health. They waited for so long to bring him back, even though he could potentially have played last season. He is to be a KEY part of the team this season.In fact, the team looks like it is being built around him.

    The two games he has played in are friendlies. Friendlies designed to see how our new system, built around HBA, will work.

    Anyone who slates Pardew for “rushing him back” in these friendlies and causing this injury personally is just critising for the hell of it.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Haha spot on Stuart maybe we should buy him a nice glass case….bullet proof glass like and a lock on the door so he cant get out

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Well ben arfa plyed a full match against darington so wh not give him a rest? den whydid hegive simmo, best etc a rest?

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  • GeordieDan

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Mornin’ lads.

    I stayed up trying to find a stream of the friendly last night but had no luck and I looked everywhere. 🙁

    Finally had to resort to following Lee Ryder on Twitter for updates every couple of minutes!(Now that’s dedication for ya!-painful)

    Made it all the way through till 4am as well.

    Turns out it wasn’t a total waste of time as I came across (Sporting) Kansas City’s homepage and honestly it makes NUFC.co.uk look like the pathetic excuse for a service it claims to provide.

    Check out how many quality pre-game interviews, game highlights (from a terrible angle unfortunately) there are on there. Kept me semi-awake in the lead up to kick-off.

    Reckon we should contact them and ask them to do our site! NUFC.co.uk should be ashamed. And to think how much more resources/deand there is over here for it. Honestly its Pathetic(as shoddy as most NUFC produce these days in our new regime though eh?)

    Here’s the link:
    http://kctv.neulion.com/mlsvp/

    Now I’m going to check out Orlando’s and Crew’s. Think its the same format.

    BTW From what I gathered from many many sources in the early hours HBA’s injury wasn’t too bad. It is very much just precautionary that they took him straight off and got him into an ambulance. He was smiling as he came off so fingers crossed!

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  • connor_nufc

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    im depressed

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    now who deserved the rest more simmo best who are 200% fit or ben arfa who i 100% fit?

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  • Smooth moves Shola

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    The fact is, with HBA we can hope to challenge ad sneak a spot in the top6/7 (Europe), without him we’re just a heady mid-table side.

    I truly think we’re cursed.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Right so from now on I expect Marv, Ba, HBA, Gosling, Saylor, Fergy, Shola, Best, Harper, Vuckic and Gurthie to play one game then be rested for the next one

    Howay man relax HBA had to play to see how the team worked around him….like MykToonFan said

    He will heal and hopefully soon

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  • Stuart

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    the reason they were rested and not HBA is because we’re building the team to play around HBA so need as much time as possible to perfect it before the season starts.

    We are not building the team around simmo or besty haha.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    HBA is probably a lot fitter than the rest of the squad (barring Gosling) as he was back training well before the rest of the squad

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #32

    On a Gosling note did he play RB in the last match? And if so was he good?

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  • Smooth moves Shola

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Me too, Connor 🙁 I fear we are going to become a stagnant club, and dress it up as ‘stability’.

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34

    @stuart so what happens when benny gets injurd when the tansfer market closes and we have no1 to build the team around?? haha

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  • Smooth moves Shola

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    kevymartins – then we finish 12th and all dance the streets with merry cheer…..

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  • Stuart

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    So you arent going to play him all season to make sure he doesnt get injured then kevy?

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    @stuart personally i would work him back into . .drlington was his first match i woulda had him come off t the bench i woulda actully had him come of th bench for the first couple games

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    He looked like he was in alot of pain . . thought the highlights would be on nufc.co.uk?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    As I said, we’re building the team around him so it needs to be as gelled as possible by the arsenal game.

    Everyones worrying that the players won’t adapt in time, and that wont happen if we keep players like HBA on the bench.

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  • alex84

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #40

    Might have to get Abeid on my new shirt! he is sounding very good indeed!

    Marveaux looked good as well from what iv read!

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