Newcastle Training Has Been Upbeat This Week

Newcastle will play their final pre-season warm up game today at 3:00pm against top Italian side Fiorentina.

John Carver – mmm

And with the Joey Barton episode still going – less the tweets hopefully since the ban earlier this week by the club on talking about anything to do with Newcastle, the Geordie fans are worried about how all this has affected team spirit.

That’s one of Assistant Manager John Carver’s responsibilities, and he talks today about the Fiorentina game, and how things have been a little difficult this pre-season.

This is what John said this morning;

“It has been slightly difficult having a group of players in Holland and a group in America,” 

“The most important thing now is that we are here, we are together and it is even more important the players are fully prepared so that everybody is at their maximum when we go into that first game against Arsenal.

“We are almost there. Up until the Leeds game we were in exactly the same position fitness-wise we were last year when we played up at Rangers.” “So from a conditioning point of view we are in a good, strong position.

“The fact that we had players in different parts of the world made things quite difficult, but we are together now and training has been upbeat.”  “There has been lots of good quality and enthusiasm, so I think we are right on target.”

“We have a good test today and that is the way it was planned in pre-season. Fiorentina are one of the top European sides. It is a game which is going to be a good test.”

“It must seem like a lifetime for our fans since we played West Brom on the last game of last season, so they will be looking forward to coming and seeing one or two of the new guys.”

“I am certain that they’ll see at least 90 per cent of the new players for most of the game.”  “It is obvious that, playing Arsenal the week after, you have to start putting your side on the pitch you think might start that game.

“I am sure Arsenal will be doing the same thing. It is not as if it is a secret, we will be putting out a strong team.”

It will be good to see all the new players this afternoon in action, and to see how they have melded in with the team.

Joey Barton is not in the squad and will still probably leave Newcastle, with Wigan Athletic the latest club said to be interested in him.

It’s good to hear the rest of the lads have been upbeat this week, and now we look for a good performance this afternoon, and a win.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • northernracoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m takin my 7 yr old daughter her first game today , let’s hope we get into gear, ..any thoughts what the team will be ?

  • northernracoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m going….

  • magpie6699

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    I was going to post this on the last thread but it goes here now. Obertan? Obviously was highly thought of but limited opportunities at Manure. Could be a no-hoper but not necessarily just because man U are willing to let him go and at £3 million seems worth a punt. and he could turn out o be a Premier class Wayne Routledge.
    We have had some good “discatds” in the past. Terry Hibbitt was superfluous to Leeds’ needs at a time when they were a top club; Coventry fans were ecstatic when we took Craig Bellamy off their hands and Antione Sibi did a decent job for us. My jury is out on this one.


    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Wigan? Wow.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5


  • thud and blunder

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    I reckon


    Subs-Forster, Williamson, R.Taylor, Tavernier, Vuckic, S.Ameobi,Best, Lovenkrands

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    vuckic should get a start today play him in the ben arfa role see if he can cut it against a top side

  • magpie6699

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    NUFCFAN76 – I assume you’re referring to interest in Barton? I’ll bet JB can hardly contain his apathy!!

  • PortsladeToon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Wigan?? no chance JB wants a bigger club ……. ermmmm man utd it is then !! hehe!!

  • nick_9

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Wigan? No chance. They sacked Marlon King for going to jail and I’m certain Whelan stuck the ore in over Barton before. Shame Tiote isn’t back, how on earth are we going to keep all these midfielders happy? If only we had that problem in over departments eh

  • northernracoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Guns b a tough game today , Hoyle give us a good idea how we are guns fair against arsenal, or should I say how many we will get put past us

  • northernracoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12


  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    ~~~~~~~ krul
    simo taylor colo jose
    ~~ gosling cabaye
    marveux vuckic jonas
    ~~~~~~~ ba

    subs: foster, tav, willo, abied, guthrie, ameobi x2

    Think an attacking midfield of marv, gutti and vuckic will be class with cab and gosling holding the center. Hope ba can get off the mark today, may be wrong here, but think hes yet to score.

    also if barton is in the squad, which i doubt, swap for guthrie

  • northernracoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Good team 2 ameobi,s would rather see vuckic start than ameobi , isn’t it some of the new lads first game at st James,s ?


    Aug 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Pardew already said, Barton not in squad today. Ba hasn’t scored yet, In fact the highest scorers in pre-season are Sammy & the other youngsters….oh and Barton.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    i would like to see marveux play on left wing and guti on right and cabaye and Gosling on the center and play vuckick and ba up front and defence of ENRIQUE saylor collo and simpson on def and KRUL on the goal

  • Hoovernose

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    They played some kids across the road and one of them talked funny like. It turns out his ma was fit like and wore high heels and all that. She had one of them berries on and all that and she was well fit and sat on the chair backwards. So we signed her bairn. Zute Allroe! and all that like.


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