Stuart McCall “We are going to be up against Newcastle players worth tens of millions of pounds…”
Stuart McCall is looking forward to Wednesday night’s match but thinks it is very likely they will get beat.
Nevertheless, the Bradford boss hopes there are still positives his club can ‘get out of the game’.
Summing up the size of their task, Stuart McCall says ‘we are going to be up against (Newcastle) players worth tens of millions of pounds, so we have to be realistic’.
Bradford finished fifth in League One last season and lost out on a Championship spot in the play-offs.
Newcastle winger Alex Gilliead was part of that squad and is now back there on loan, with Haris Vuckic another who was loaned to the Bantams by Newcastle.
Stuart McCall believes that Bradford ‘have a great relationship’ with the Magpies and with numerous other young players set to exit NUFC on loan, Gilliead might not be the last to link up with them.
“We go into Wednesday night knowing that we are going to be up against (Newcastle) players worth tens of millions of pounds, so we have to be realistic.
“Equally though, we still want to go out there and put in the strongest display possible.
“The result might not necessarily go our way Wednesday but we still have things we want to get out of the game.
“We have a great relationship with Newcastle – they allowed us to bring Alex Gilliead and Haris Vuckic to the club last season.
“We obviously now have Alex back here as well for this season.
“We look forward to welcoming them to the stadium on Wednesday and to a challenging encounter.
“Hopefully it is one that we can get plenty out of.
“Although we won’t be up against the standard of Newcastle’s quality once the league season starts, there is still the opportunity to use this fixture to keep building things up ahead of the new campaign.”
The first team friendlies:
Friday 14 July – Hearts 1 Newcastle 2
Saturday 22 July – Preston 1 Newcastle 1
Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm
Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)
Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)
Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm
Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:
Monday 17 July – Darlington 1 Newcastle 2
Saturday 22 July – Gateshead 0 Newcastle 3 (watch the goals HERE)
Tuesday 25 July – Whitley Bay (at Hillheads)
Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)
Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)
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