We were wondering when Alan Pardew and the coaching staff would be returning to Newcastle after their summer holidays, with less than three weeks to go before the squad reports back to training, but it seems that the Newcastle manager is now back in his office.
Alan Pardew – back at his Newcastle desk
Newcastle have so far arranged for two pre-season friendlies – one at Motherwell on Tuesday, 16th July, and one at St. Mirren on Tuesday, July 30th.
The game at Motherwell is just 12 days after the squad reports back fro training, and the International players who have represented their countries this summer don’t report back until July 11th just five days before the game – so they will certainly not be playing.
Newcastle initially announced the St. Mirren game as part of their U-21 pre-season games, but with tickets set at £15 each, Alan Pardew has tried to clarify the situation today:
“We thought the Hartlepool game worked well last year.” “It was a chance for us to ease people like Hatem, who had been involved in the European Championships, back into the fold and it was probably one of our best performances of pre-season.”
“Sylvain Marveaux got a couple of goals and Shola Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Gabriel Obertan all scored.” “By the time the St. Mirren game comes around I’ll be starting to formulate my team for the first league match of the season, and I see this friendly as an opportunity for some players to try and force their way into my thinking.
“So there’ll be a nice mixture for that one, similar to Hartlepool last year, because it’s a Scottish Premier League team we’re facing and we’re expecting a good game there.”
So that basically is saying there will be some of Newcastle’s top stars playing in that game.
It seems Newcastle have been making some moves for their transfer targets already this summer, and with Alan Pardew now back in Toon, maybe we’ll see some progress made, although the local papers are reproting there will be no deals made until next month.
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