Shanghai trip reliant on Newcastle United avoiding relegation
The weekend brought news that Newcastle United are lined up for a trip to Shanghai in the summer.
The Premier League Asia Trophy takes place every second summer, missing out the years when there is a World Cup finals or European Championships.
It was revealed (see below) that Newcastle are one of four English clubs who are provisionally set to take part.
The other three Premier League clubs being Manchester City, Wolves and West Ham.
The final line-up will be dependent on a number of factors.
With subsequent reports saying that if West Ham or Wolves qualify for the Europa League, a qualifying round in July could prove a barrier to taking part.
As for Newcastle United, their place is said to be dependent on them remaining in the top tier, as if they became a Championship team, it wouldn’t exactly fit the idea of it being a Premier League pre-season friendly tournament.
If all else fails and the tournament organisers didn’t have a fourth Premier League club to take part, they have the option of having a more local team to complete the line-up, which could be done at short notice, as opposed to your average Premier League club who will be planning their pre-season for the 2019/20 season who will look to have plans in place earlier.
The Mag – 2 March 2019:
Newcastle United are set to take part in the Asia Trophy this summer.
The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas says that his information is that NUFC are now ‘in talks’ to play in the pre-match tournament.
Newcastle United took part in the very first Asia Trophy in 2003.
Sir Bobby Robson taking his squad to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), where they beat Birmingham 2-1 with goals from Alan Shearer and Shola Ameobi.
Chelsea beat the Malaysian national side in their semi-final.
The final saw Newcastle draw 0-0 with Chelsea, though the blues won 5-4 on penalties.
Dyer, Bowyer, Bellamy and Woodgate all scoring but Shearer, Robert and Jenas all missing.
Mark Douglas says that if Newcastle do take part in the tournament come July they are set for potential games against the likes of Manchester City, West Ham and Wolves.
The Premier League Asia Trophy is held every two years in Asia.
It takes place every other summer to avoid conflicting with the World Cup and European Championships.
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