Important dates coming up for Newcastle fans and on Wednesday it will all feel very real again when the Premier League fixtures are released for the 2015/16 season.
After some six months, Alan Pardew’s replacement was eventually announced, we all now await the most important date…when we see ths first signing(s) walk through the door.
Whilst you don’t want to see panic buying, there really isn’t much room/time to manoeuvre when it comes to righting the wrongs of last season and the neglect of the years before that.
In only 18 days time pre season training starts, with also less than a month until the opening first team friendly.
The squad then flying off to America only four weeks from now.
When they return from the States, there will be a shade over two weeks to then ready Newcastle United for kicking off their Premier League campaign.
Realistically, we need all next season’s players on that flight to America, including new signings and those who are on international duty this weekend (Sissoko, Krul, Janmaat).
The transfer speculation has been interesting so far but that quickly turns to dejection if it doesn’t move on to be transfers that actually happen.
Here is a list of the upcoming dates that matter, will all the friendlies away from home, apart from the one on 1 August.
When that final week in August rolls around, we will also be awaiting with interest what team is put out in the League Cup.
With supposedly everybody from Mike Ashley down, now committed to the cup competitions, what will we make of Steve McClaren’s choice of team.
17 June – Premier League fixtures released
1 July – Pre season training begins
10 July – First pre season friendly v Gateshead 8pm kick off
14 July – Friendly v Mexican Club Atlas FC (played in Milwaukee) 8pm kick off (local time)
18 July – Friendly v Sacramento Republic 8pm kick off (local time)
21 July – Friendly v Portland Timbers (second team) 7.30pm kick off (local time)
26 July – Friendly v Sheffield United 1pm kick off
29 July – Friendly v York City 7.45pm kick off
1 August – Friendly v Borussia Monchengladbach 3pm kick off
8 August – Premier League kicks off
24 August (Week commencing) – League Cup round 2 matches played
1 September – Summer transfer window closes
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