It’s that time of year when Newcastle are looking at putting together a summer tour.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle have had some nice offers
And that’s particularly important his summer, because Newcastle will not be able to play any home friendly matches at St. James’ Park, because of the Olympic Games.
Last summer Newcastle toured the United States as part of their pre-season preparations, and had games in Kansas City, Orlando and Columbus, for the growing number of fans located over here in the US.
The Evening Chronicle (Lee Ryder) is reporting today that other destinations are being looked at for this summer, and Newcastle seem to be popular (of course!), with invitations already coming in from the Far East, Europe and the US.
Newcastle are looking at their options for the summer, and manager Alan Pardew had this to say today about the situation:
“I think we’ll be balancing it out between a financial situation which I think will be important for us.” “We now carry a bit of clout and we’ve had a few nice offers, I think that’s important.”
“I don’t want to hide from the fans the fact that that will be a factor.” “I also have to consider the preparation for the team and that we get it right.” “We have to get the right one that professionally and financially that gives us the best chance to prepare.”
“We have a little bit of a difficulty this pre-season because of the Olympics, we can’t play a home friendly.” “That is disappointing. So all our games are going to be away so our fans will have to start saving some money.”
Newcastle could presumably play a number of friendly games in England and help out some clubs like Carlisle United, Hartlepool or Gateshead, and we’d personally like to see Newcastle go on a tour of the Far East.
With China emerging as a big player in world sports, it would be great if Newcastle could play a game in China, where they can start building up a fan following over there, much like what’s happened in the US over the last several years.
The problem with a Far East tour is the amount of travel of course, and that has to be balanced with the games that will be played, so it’s always difficult to get it right.
Where would you like Newcastle to tour in the summer – let us know with the reasons for your choice.
Comments always welcome.