News today that Newcastle are looking at the possibility of spending pre-season in Brazil next summer, which will be the site of the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
We’ve heard a lot from Derek Llambias since the news broke on the Wonga deal on Tuesday, and as far as we are concerned the more we hear about the club the better it is.
This is what Managing Director Derek LLambias said about the potential tour in South America:
“Yes, we’re talking about pre-season in Brazil. The World Cup’s coming up so it’s a good opportunity.” “We’re also working on different products. It’s a game plan we’ve been working on for a while. It’s a slow process – you can’t do it overnight.”
“Liverpool didn’t do it overnight, Manchester United didn’t. It’s a slow process.” “Newcastle is a big brand. We just need to get it out there with more backing from different communities.”
“I’m not sure that’s what it’s about for Mike and I. It’s all about the management of the team.”
Last summer big clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all went on overseas tours to build their names around the world, and get some good money coming in too, and there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot embark on the same kinds of tour.
And Newcastle can certainly create controversy, and the club have done it again with the Wonga announcement, and of course that was happening at Newcastle long before Mike Ashley bought the club – Mike just seems to have carried on the tradition.
The great part of the Wonga deal is that we get the St. James’ Park name back on the stadium, but Wonga is not an admired company at all, and to have their names on the Newcastle United shirts is not particularly good.
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