By all reports the Newcastle tour of New Zealand was a huge success last week, and so much so that the organizers would like Newcastle to return next summer, but that’s unlikely to happen.
New boy Jack Colback in action last week
It’s not surprising that New Zealand wants to attract the top clubs down under, as they try to build up the Australian A League, and they will want to let their youngsters see the top teams in action.
Certainly Alan Pardew seemed delighted with the events of last week, with Newcastle winning both games and not conceding a goal, and Bob Moncur by all reports did a stellar job as the Newcastle United Ambassador.
Manager Alan Pardew says the team spirit is improving at the club:
“The most important thing is we start building a bit of spirit between us – for the new guys coming in to get used to our ways and the way we play.”
“We have been fortunate the guys we have brought in are very intelligent guys and have slipped in very, very quickly.”
“The landscape of this place (New Zealand) is amazing, and we have had a couple of internal flights and that has been amazing, coming over the mountains and everything else you have here.”
“We had a nice trip to the film studios.” “The guys really enjoyed that.” “They got to hold an Oscar for the first time.” “Hopefully we’ll get some Oscars ourselves when we get home.”
“The guys really enjoyed it and we had a nice experience there, it was great.”
Our team spirit took a beating starting last January, when we sold our best player Yohan Cabaye to PSG, and owner Mike Ashley has to take some of the responsibility for the collapse of Newcastle’s season.
But our players also didn’t perform anywhere near their potential in the second half of the season, after we had been great up until Christmas, and were in 6th position in the Premier League, before we were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at home on Sunday, 29th December.
That started the rot – and it was after we had won seven of the previous nine league games, including a win at home to Chelsea, and away wins at both Tottenham and Manchester United. 😀
That form tends to be forgotten, given our terrible second half performances – so we hope we can do as well next season through Christmas – and then keep up the good form and results.
Good team spirit and Mike Ashley not selling our top player in January should help that happen.
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