New Zealand Fans Gutted At Travelling Newcastle Squad
Both ex-pat Newcastle fans and neutrals down under, have expressed their disappointment at the United squad that will be travelling to New Zealand.
Alan Pardew has admitted that the likes of Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko and others such as new signing Remy Cabella who were involved in the World Cup, won’t be on the plane that leaves on Friday.
While it was only a provisional list of names that was supplied to help promote the four team tournament, organisers only last week were assuring fans that players such as Tim Krul would still definitely be travelling. In fact, both Moussa Sissoko and Tim Krul had been used on the promotional material to help sell tickets.
However, Alan Pardew has said his first team won’t all meet up until a couple of weeks before the season to compete in the Schalke tournament, so who knows which senior players will be on the plane;
“We think most of our players will come back for the tournament in Germany, so that will be the first indication of our first team.
“Up until then it’s up to our young players, especially in New Zealand.
“I am taking a young team and it is a chance for them to get themselves near the first team – we have a lot of our big boys missing.”
This has left local organisers deflecting a lot of flak, with Wellington Phoenix general manager, David Dome, revealing that they still haven’t received Newcastle’s final touring list despite asking for it a number of days ago.
“We have yet to get the official tour list – we have certainly had a number of tour lists but we are still waiting for that final one.
“We have been waiting on it a few days.
“The initial list had everyone on it but that was subject to fitness and injuries and World Cup participation. It will still be Newcastle United that is coming out…”
“However, we fully expect a full strength team from West Ham though.”
Ticket sales for Newcastle’s first match against Sydney FC on July 22 had already been worryingly low, with only a meagre 7,000 sold as of yesterday (Wednesday), only six days before the game.
With the revelation that most of Newcastle’s big names won’t be travelling (though the good news is that in his first interview, [intlink id=”45004″ type=”post”]Emmanuel Riviere has revealed that he will[/intlink] be on the plane), it is difficult to see that seven thousand figure increasing by many.
The better news is that on July 26, the double header of Newcastle v Wellington Phoenix and West Ham v Sydney FC, has already recorded ticket sales of 27,000.
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