The Newcastle Reserve side played their third and final game in Holland, but were beaten 3-2 by Almere City this afternoon.
Newcastle Development coaches look on this afternoon
But manager Pretor Beardsley seemed happy enough, and the lads will now travel back to Newcastle, after having spent 7 days on what turned out to be a good trip for the young Development squad.
The Reserves created a multitude of chances this afternoon, and should really have won easily, but it was not to be.
Beardsley was philosophical after the game:
“We played some good stuff and there must have been four or five scrambles in their box. On another day with a bit of luck, who knows,”
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that at our level it’s not all about results, and certainly pre-season is all about getting ready for the first game, which is the 23rd for us. I’m delighted with everybody.”
“I’ve got no complaints,” “The effort was there, and maybe with a bit more thought we would have got something.”
“But when you look at it, three of the back four had basically never played there before they came on this trip.”
“So it was frustrating in that sense, but the tour has been really positive and hopefully in the long term it will benefit everyone.”
Peter had to play a number of players out of position this afternoon, what with injuries and other players being unavailable.
Fabricio Coloccini – new Newcastle captain – on his way?
And there was news some weeks ago that Sevilla were interested in new Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, but today there’s news that Valencia may also be interested in the Argentine International.
The news suggests that Valencia are monitoring the situation and may make a bid, so things will get interesting if they bid what Newcastle think the Argentine is worth, which we understand is around £7K.
The 29-year-old has been at Newcastle for three seasons now, and is on a five year deal, with wages said to be over £80K/week, so even if a transfer fee was agreed between the two clubs, it’s hard to believe Valencia could offer Coloccini those type of wages.
Coloccini has no wish to leave Newcastle, and was delighted to be handed the Newcastle captaincy earlier this month, but of course it’s not always the player who gets to decide these things.
Valencia finished third in La Liga last season, and will therefore be in the Champions League next season, which is something that Newcastle fans can only dream about these days.
As we said earlier, it will be interesting only if Valencia can agree a transfer fee with Newcastle, and with the way things are run at Newcastle these days, every player has their price it seems.
Even for the newly appointed captain at the club, and when was the last time Newcastle sold their captain twice in one summer?