It looks like Newcastle United will be going on a winter break to La Manga in southeastern Spain during our 18 days enforced break starting after Saturday’s game at Chelsea – and the news is coming from the Norwegian press.
The next weekend after the Chelsea game is the FA Cup 5th round and we are out of that competition at the first attempt again.
The next weekend is the League Cup final – Manchester City vs Liverpool – when we were supposed to be playing City at home.
Steve McClaren – a smiling Newcastle manager
The Norwegian press are reporting that we will be playing Norwegian club Lillestrom SK and Russian Premier league side Rubin Kazan.
The game against Lillestrom SK is due to be played on February 20th and the Norwegian League club have already confirmed the friendly – at the La Manga Stadium, kickoff 3:00 pm local time – on their web-site.
La Manga is in the south-east corner of Spain
This is what was put out on the Lillestrom SK web-site today – translated into English:
LSK meet Newcastle at La Manga
02/09/2016 – 2:35 p.m.
LSK – Newcastle on Saturday 20 February at 15:00
We have previously met the traditional English team in the Intertoto Cup in 2006.
Robert Koren ensured that we secured a 1-1 draw away from home, but in the return match at Åråsen however, Newcastle were too strong and won 3-0 .
The match is to be played at La Manga Saturday February 20 at 15:00
The broadcast is on TV2 Sport channel and TV2 Sumo.
This is a good move by Newcastle since we need to keep the players very fit and get some games in to keep up our match fitness and fully prepare for the next game at Stoke on March 2nd.
None of the remaining games can be another let-down like the Everton game last Wednesday.