Alan Pardew seems happy enough that the build-up to the season is going according to plan, kind of.
John Carver and Alan Pardew – things going according to plan
Newcastle have had too many injuries so far in pre-season, to Danny Gutherie, Shane Ferguson, Ben Arfa and Ryan Taylor.
Ben Arfa injured his left ankle in Kansas City and will not return to training for another four weeks, and both Guthrie and Ferguson, who were injured at Darlington, could be out for about the same time-frame.
Ryan Taylor injured his groin, mainly because of the articial turf the lads played on in Orlando, which was not exactly what was planned.
And of course we had the rather immature outburst from Jose Enrique on Sunday, which infuriated owner Mike Ashley, and that will have cooked his goose on Tensed, and Newcastle will now bring in an experienced replacement, whether Enrique has been sold or not.
Alan talked top the Newcastle press corps this morning:
“The build up of the pre-season is going to plan.” “We have had injuries which I wish I hadn’t have had so far in pre-season.”
“They have all been impact injuries too.” “Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson and Hatem were impact injuries but we have to battle on.”
“We have been unlucky. But the boys are in great shape and we are starting to carve things up for the new season.”
“Joey comes back into the frame and Cabaye.” “It will come together at Leeds.”
Newcastle will now concentrate on the transfer market, and try to bring in a striker and a left back, and there’s also the next game at Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
And of course Joey Barton, Mike Williamson and Yohan Cabaye will now rejoin the squad for the final two pre-season games.
Barton and Cabaye couldn’t get visas to tour America, and Mike’s wife is expecting a baby, and Pardew allowed him to tour more locally, with the 7 day Reserves tour of Holland.
And the Newcastle manager also allowed Danny Simpson to travel back last Sunday, to be present for the birth of his child, Skye-Lorena Simpson.
You cannot accuse Alan Pardew of not being a good man-manager, that’s for sure, as he seems to have bent over backwards to keep his players happy.
Now we need to hammer Leeds on Sunday, since that seems to be the next step towards hosting Arsenal in the first Premier League game of the season, two weeks come Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!