Newcastle United’s pre-season campaign has just two games remaining, and the lads play den Haag in Holland next Saturday, and then Cardiff City who will be in their new red strips, the following Saturday in South Wales.
Alan Pardew – meticulous planner
It turns out that Newcastle are still in Portugal and will not fly home until tomorrow, and Alan Pardew is again showing just how much planning he puts in for the side.
On Saturday, before our game with Braga, reader Rolf de Bruin, a Dutch Geordie, sent us pictures and news on what Newcastle were doing on Saturday in preparation for the game on Saturday night.
It wasn’t much as they were conserving energy for the game, but he watched Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor practicing free kicks, and his comment was this, and this was before the game on Saturday:
“The lads practiced set-plays, corner practice and Ryan and Yohan practiced direct free kicks and they put in some some absolute beauties!”
Well of course Ryan put in a beautiful free-kick to win the game for Newcastle, so it’s always good to know what’s happening behind the scenes, and the good things don’t just happen by accident of course.
Part of the purpose of the two mini-tours have been to let the news lads get to know the other players, and some bonding sessions have been held, which is what the lads are still in Portugal today.
Newcastle play Den Haag on Saturday and will treat it as if it was a Europa League game.
This is what Alan told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“There is no point in taking the first European game after Spurs and expecting us to be able to cope with the demands of the travel and the dynamics of playing abroad.”
“What we have done is organise these trips with the intention of getting us ready for it.” “The next one in Holland will be treated as a Europa League game.”
“We fly in, we land, play the game and then go home, so that will good experience for us.”
There’s really not much more playing time before the season starts against Tottenham at St. James’ Park on August 18th, and while we expect some youngsters to play against Den Haag, it will probably be the first team who turn out at Cardiff City the Saturday before the Premier League campaign starts.
The summer seems to have flown over.