Pardew predicts a barbecue summer

Posted on July 16th, 2011 | 6 Comments |

Alan Pardew looks forward to Newcastle United's summer tour of America.
Alan Pardew thinks Newcastle United’s upcoming tour of America is the ideal preparation for the new season.

Alan Pardew has been talking again, which will come as no surprise to anyone, but this time he’s been extolling the virtues of the pre-season stint to the US of A.

It’s mid-season for Americas football (‘soccer’) leagues, so we’ll be facing players who are well into their competitive stride. This will be a hard test of our fitness as we look to complete a yankee triple over Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew and Orlando City.

Pardew feels the tour will set us up nicely for the new season though, saying:

It is not a money-making exercise by any stretch of imagination.

It is purely a break-even tour, which we feel is beneficial for the team.

We go there because the facilities will be first class. It is going to be hot, so it will test us.

Then Pardew turns weather-man and gives Michael Fish a run for his money by predicting a particularly hot start to the season at SJP:

My experience tells me that for the first game of the season it will be 90 degrees at St James’ Park, so that [the tour] will be good [conditioning].

Apparently Pardew has come under some criticism for taking the team on a ‘marathon tour’ during pre-season (although I haven’t heard any criticism) and felt the need to defend that, saying:

And when you say a lot of travelling, I think there are a couple of internal flights of about four hours but, you know. But some of the trips made by other Premier League teams – we are dwarfed by the distances they have gone.

You know, these Asia trips… God knows where else.

I’m not sure who will actually be going on the tour, but Joey Barton and Nile Ranger won’t be going anyway as their visa applications were rejected by US authorities.

Referring to Barton’s absence, Pardew said:

Ideally you want to take all your players, but I do not think it is going to be a major problem for Joey to go to Holland and then to integrate with us. No problems.

Still, at least there’s some footy to look forward to as we continue to ponder the transfer dealings and Newcastle United’s future. Mostly cloudy with some sunny spells, perhaps.

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6 Responses

  1. i predicted – comical alan – would get sacked by crimbo but i’m changing that to – tattie picking week – which is quite appropriate really.

    shame – coz i’m gonna miss his patter big style!

  2. Disrespect on this scale makes me wonder if you support the Toon so if you do get a grip and get behind the team & its £1Million manager you oxygen theives

  3. States will be a very physical challenge. It’s going to be crazy hot, more than likely, and the MLS teams, like AP mentioned are in the middle of their season. I watched the Toffees play here in Denver in July about 2 years ago, and they were knackered by the 60th minute. The alititude was an extra hurdle. It’s a damn shame the Toon aren’t coming here. They play KC mid-week and it’s a 20 hr drive, round trip. I’ve basically used up all of my holiday so there’s no way I can pull that one off.