Alan Pardew is looking forward to opening the season at St. James’ Park against top side Sours, on Saturday 18th August, in a short 61 days time.
Alan Pardew – looking forward to first game
The Premier League fixtures were announced earlier this morning, and Newcastle start the season at home to Spurs, and finish the season at home against their north London neighbors Arsenal.
That Arsenal game could decide who gets a Champions League position between Newcastle and Arsenal – we hope that Arsenal game could decide who gets a Champions league position between the two sides. 😀
Tottenham will need to appoint a new manager soon, and depending on what you believe in the papers, candidates for the job include Wigan manager Roberto Martínez, who is an impressive pundit for ESPN in the US on the Euro 2012 Championships, former Porto and Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas, and Everton manager David Moyes.
One thing we have learned about Moyes, is that he seems to be well paid at Everton on around £3M a year according to reports – good money if you can get it.
Alan Pardew is excited about the prospect of facing Spurs in our first game, and the Londoner had this to say to the local press today:
“When you look back to last year the game with Spurs was one of the best games for us at home last season.” “They will have a new manager and it will be tough.” “But we are already looking forward to it.”
Newcastle will have a busy August, since they will have to play a two legged qualifying tie to reach the Europa League group play, so that there will be five games in 15 days – with games in August on the 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, and a game on Saturday, 1st September, before the two week International break.
The two Saturday games on 25th August at Chelsea, and on 1st September at home to Aston Villa, are almost certainly be moved to the following Sunday – so that makes it easier – 5 games in 16 days. :D.
But it’s a crowded start for Newcastle, and they will also be important games.
It’s good being back in the big time again.