Plans are being worked out for the pre-season tour, and we expect Newcastle to announce their plans for that fairly shortly.
Peter Lovenkrands – played his last game for Newcatsle
And Alan Pardew has come out today and said that even if Newcastle qualify for the Europa League it will not effect the plans, which are advanced.
When Newcastle were last in Europe in the 20006-2007 season under Glenn Roeder our first game in that tournament was on 10th August at FK Ventspils in Latvia, which we won 1-0.
But last season Fulham’s first game in the Europa league was on June 30th in a two-legged tie against NSÍ Runavík of the Faroe Islands.
This is what Alan told the local press about pre-season:
“Pre-season is pretty much set whether we are in or not,” “I’m not going to bring us back any earlier. That’s dangerous because it makes the season too long.”
“Our transfer policy won’t change either. We are going to build on what we’ve got.” “There are one or two targets we think could help us and we are going to pursue those. We are actively doing it.”
“Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are getting more opportunities to start and that will be important,””Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic have started one game and they have to come to the fore next year if we are in Europe.”
“That’s what we will be looking at.”
If Newcastle somehow qualify for Europe and find themselves in the same position as Fulham were last summer, they’ll have to recall their players early, because last year the lads reported back on July 1st, which is one day after Fulham had their first game in the Europa League.
It’s interesting that Alan says Newcastle have two targets for the summer, but we also think there’ll be a number of younger players moving into the club this summer.
And Derek LLambias said yesterday there may be a couple of players moving on this summer, so we don’t know who those are.
Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie have contracts that run out on June 30th, and if we don’t hear of a new contract being given to Guthrie before that, he will become a free agent and move on.
We also wonder what the future holds for Dan Gosling at Newcastle, since the 22 year-old cannot seem to get a game in the first team.
We think Lovenkrands is certain to move on, and his cameo appearance last Sunday is likely to be his last game for Newcastle, after he suffered a thigh injury in training this week in training, which will likely keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.
Dan Gosling is likely to move on, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle don’t sign up Danny Guthrie for a few more years at the club.
Who do you think may move on?