Newcastle’s Meticulous Planning Is Paying Off

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.

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8 comments so far

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I like the planning involved but I’m sure most of the top sides are very professional.

    Not sure how much of this is new under pardew or just highlighted more than it used to be.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    According to the chronicle we probably signing Debuchy by Wednesday

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Andy’s problem is his height and reputation at being good in the air.

    Too many players, especially in the national side and english players in ours and liverpool’s team see a tall guy and think all we can do is go long.

    It’s up to the manager to tell them to play into feet and play the percentages.

    If you have been closed down near your own box and its too risky to pass it out, then you go long. You simply need to weigh up what is the percentage pass at the time.

    Too many players just see carroll, go long and then he gets the blame, it’s the people that play the long ball to him who are at fault of the manager for not giving them better instructions.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought Cardiff had been forced to drop the strip change to red from blue. Just shows how stupid owners can be. It’d be like Toon playing in red and white stripes. Disgraceful ignorance of Cardiff tradition.

    Hope the AC stuff is just a joke. MA winding up the fool owners, or trying to get WHU to pay another couple of million.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5


    little different to us playing red and white…they are changing colours but not to the colour of rivals…be like us going to blue and white.

    But if you are a cardiff fan would you rather play in blue and probably be in the championship with the off chance of a promotion or would you rather have a rich owner come in and give you 100mill to spend on the team.

  • Minato

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    On another note, I know I’m a little late but delighted to hear the news Ed. Hope you remain in good health.

  • Graeme

    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    The reports at the weekend were saying that the Team will stay in Portugal this week for more training in the warmth before travelling directly to the Den Haag game before returning to Newcastle.

  • geordiejamie89

    Jul 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I also heard that it will go through on Wednesday.


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