Newcastle United are looking at America as the likely destination for a pre-season tour this summer.
The last time United visited the States in summer 2011 and it was so badly organised that players and management were said to be shattered/knackered afterwards.
The trip included ten flights in only ten days, as Newcastle played Columbus Crew, Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City.
Though ironically it didn’t appear to do them too much harm as they then went on to finish fifth in the Premier League…
Now the Shields Gazette say that America is back on the agenda and in the four years that have passed, football on both sides of the Atlantic has dramatically changed.
The MLS is now very much on the up in its own right and the recent TV deals mean that audiences in America for Premier League football have also rocketed.
Many English clubs have been hovering up commercial deals with US based companies and hopefully this mooted summer trip could belatedly see Newcastle trying to take advantage of the worldwide exposure of the Premier League.
Last summer’s trip was great for fans down under but made absolutely zero sense in terms of commercial growth, although many fans did link the trip to the fact that Mike Ashley was expanding his retail business empire in Australia and New Zealand at the time…
John Carver has already referenced that planning for the summer and beyond had started already, with himself apparently at the heart of it…:
“The conversations I have had have always been long-term.
“We have had a session on pre-season dates, dates for returning, as obviously it’s a shorter summer break this year.
“We haven’t decided where we’re going, but we are talking about different options.”
Newcastle last toured the United States in 2011, when the team, then managed by Pardew, played Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.
The gruelling tour, which saw the team take 10 flights in 10 days, was beset by problems, though Newcastle went on to finish fifth in the Premier League that season.