Caretaker manager, Carver, recently revealed during the post-match press conference of the Asrenal game that preparations had already begun in recruitment, and that the club’s extensive scouting system has already been successful in identifying potential targets for the Newcastle hierarchy.
And now it looks as though we’ve begun preparations for our fixture schedule as well. Though some have argued that this is all serving to detract attention away from the job in hand, our remaining eight games of the season, at least we can take comfort in knowing we won’t be left underwhelmed by our pre-season opponents, as was the case in 2013 when we played Motherwell, Blackpool and St. Mirren.
Ultimately, the overriding aspect of a touring destination is the quality of the facilities and the perhaps also the quality of the opposition – the conditioning of the players after a summer break is essential in preparing the players for the start of the new season. And these demands would definitely be met if we were to tour the U.S.
This of course would mark our second visit to the states in five years. In the summer of 2011, we played teams from Kansas, Orlando and Ohio, and despite the long flight times and an embarrassing loss to Orlando City, the tour was a big success.
I think going across the pond again would be extremely beneficial, not just taking into account the obvious fact that it offers a wide range of clubs as potential opposition, but it also provides a lucrative marketing venture in which the club would be able to increase its already well-established fanbase in the US.
In addition, due to the growing development of football in the country, we certainly wouldn’t be short of offers from the big MLS clubs.