Summer Tours Are Tough For Newcastle – Really?

Alan Pardew has revealed that the summer tours for Newcastle  are very difficult for the Newcastle staff, and Alan wants to end the view that it’s a walk in the sun for the Newcastle squad.

Alan Pardew on the sidelines during Monaco game

The squad has only just returned from their games in Germany and Austria and then they will fly out to Portugal on Thursday to play a couple of games in the Algarve in Faro, Portugal, on Friday and Saturday against  Olympiakos and FC Braga.

It seems Alan is making acse today for the prople like the kit-man at Newcastle, and that’s fair enough.

But football is a huge global business these days, and the players are earning huge amounts of money, and to complain of it being hard is a little disingenuous  – at least for the players.

If you are a top executive in the US, earning a fraction of the wages the Newcastle players earn,  you are travelling all the time, and usually around the world.

Pardew had this to say to the local press today:

“ “We’re all in this together.”  “The logistics of it are hard. It’s harder work for our staff.” “They don’t get any more money for it.” “People like the kit man and masseurs don’t get any extra time with their families. It’s tough.”

Alan did ensure while the lads were out on tour that they had some team bonding, which is always good,  and the team bonding they did last summer showed up last season, when the lads always had a never say die attitude, during their games..

Alan talked about the white water rafting in Augsburg, Germany, which was one of the team bonding sessions last week:

“Everybody got involved in that.” “It was a good experience for the group.”

You have to remember football is now a huge global business, and while we don’t want to be disrespectful, this talk about things being tough  is all relative.

As an example, I know of one IBM executive who for three and a half years made 40 trips a year – flying out on Monday morning and flying back on Friday night – from Raleigh to San Francisco (about 3000 miles and at least 10 hours travel time each way – when the planes were on time) to run several big consulting deals for a very large global credit card provider, located in Northern California.

Jet  lag lasted for a very long time – so believe me – all of this stuff about things being tough is relative.

And there’s no doubt the players get very well compensated for it, and yes, to be fair, Alan is talking about the staff like the kit-man and other Newcastle staff members, who do great work for Newcastle, and who will not be very well compensated for all the good work they do when the lads are on tour.

That’s fair enough, but not for the players or for Alan, who get huge wages for what they do, and surely need to earn their wages.

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10 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Nothing can be as bad as last years pre season tour. What a farce that was!

  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Oooooo. First. My trousers are wet.


    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    ed on fire


    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4


  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    It’ll be all that cancer treatment! Tends to do that kind of think to your body (speaking from first hand experience). Glad it seems to have done the job (touch wood) Best wishes, ed 🙂

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Great news on your health Ed. I am really happy for you and your family. Keep up the brilliant work on the blog you LEGEND.

  • sweendog

    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed .. agreed with the previous statements .. congratuations and keep up the good work .. best newcastle site for news, rumours and general info ..

  • martoon

    Jul 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Markaccus – a slow day at the factory or is the boss on holiday?

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jul 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been keeping a close eye on the nufc rumour mill this summer and, as usual, it hasn’t failed to disappoint in terms of ludicrous transfer stories. I’m just getting a wee tad concerned that we haven’t made the 3/4 key signings we need to push on next season

    If we get Debuchy then I think we should keep Simmo if possible. Full backs are in short supply these days and he’s a better backup RB than many in the prem. He has good work rate and is a decent (though hardly outstanding) player, certainly worthty of being in the squad. Tavernier’s more of a CB so it wouldn’t limit his chances. A defence of Debuchy, Saylor, Colo and Santon with Simmo, Perch, Raylor, Tavernier, Good and Willo in reserve would be the best defence we’ve had in a while… especially if we get another more experienced CB over the line too.

    I’m not sure about this Remi bloke. I’d have hoped that by 25 years of age he’d have done a little bit more. And £15m? There’re probably better players out there for that money. I was quite excited at the prospect of bringing Carroll back on a season long loan but I wouldn’t want to pay his full wages, or pay nearly £20m on a transfer fee instead. Again, there are better players for that money. I’m still gutted about not getting de Jong, who I think would have been a fantastic signing. We really need another striker in soon.

    Of course the good news is that we haven’t sold any of our stars (yet) which is refreshing. I’m disappointed to see Guthrie go but I can understand his motives. I reckon we still need a CB, RB, winger and striker, all of 1st team quality, with a few more youth players bought in like Bigirimana and Amalfitano. Then we could really push next season – it’s going to be a tough, tough season methinks. Come on Pards/Carr/Ashley and co, pull something out the bag…

  • toonincheek

    Jul 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    You cannot relate salaries to how hard a job is.

    If a job is demanding, then it’s demanding.

    A big salary just means you cannot complain about it being hard or demanding.


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