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Olympics Manager Plays The Newcastle United Card

8 years ago

The visiting Canadian women’s team will swap red and white for black and white when they head to St James’ Park with Newcastle-supporting coach, John Herdman. The Canadians face Sweden on Tyneside tomorrow in the game which will determine whether or not they make the quarter-finals.

The 37-year-old Herdman grew up in Consett as a Newcastle fan and in his honour, the Canada players will abandon their usual red and white warm-up tops for something more appropriate.

Herdman said: “The girls are planning to wear black and white tops in the warm-up because they are conscious they are wearing red and white, the Sunderland colours, in the game. Hopefully we can win over the Geordies and get them behind us.

┬áIt is a bit surreal to be standing in Alan Pardew’s dugout but we have to make sure we stay focused during the game and not [get] carried away.

It is one of those great moments and we must use it for the motivation it can bring. I feel a bit parochial on home territory and I want to come away with what we want. Sweden are coming into our den”.

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