Earlier this month reports from the states suggested that Newcastle United were taking part in the pre-season six club Dallas tournament.
The preliminary details had both Swansea City and NUFC representing the Premier League alongwith clubs from four other countries.
When these reports emerged, John Carver confirmed that talks had taken place but nothing had yet been signed off.
Swansea later confirmed their participation in the tournament which was scheduled to run from July 11th to the 19th.
However, when the final confirmation came, one name has changed, instead of Newcastle United there was a second Mexican club, Chivas Guadlajera.
This was the news that appeared on the Swansea website two weeks ago:
‘Swansea City will prepare for the new Barclays Premier League season in America by competing in an international tournament in Dallas, Texas, from July 11-19.
Garry Monk’s squad will fly to America for a week’s intense training before going on to compete in the six-team tournament that includes Chivas Guadalajara (Mexico), Olympique Lyonnais (France), Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Pachuca (Mexico) and Malaga (Spain).’
However, in the latest twist, the Dallas tournament has now been cancelled, with Swansea City releasing the news via this press statement, no reason has yet being given for the block being put on.
‘Swansea City will rearrange its pre-season plans after the proposed tournament in Dallas was cancelled. The club will now turn their attentions to new pre-season preparations ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
“We will announce the new plans as soon as they are confirmed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused our supporters.’
Whilst we quickly knew Newcastle weren’t going to the Dallas tournament, no news has been forthcoming as to where they are actually going…if anywhere.
Any major matches/tournaments both at home or overseas would normally have been organised and the promotion started by now, suggesting it is more likely to be a set of random friendlies once again nearer home.
With the potential once more that it could include visits to the likes of Oldham where Mike Ashley has a vested business interest.