Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Finally, We Have Some Friends

At last, some five hours after our entire schedule of league meetings for the season has been announced, the club have managed to cobble together three pre-season friendlies.

This will be the first piece of news that brings Toon supporters back down to Earth once again as our status as a Championship club is well and truly rubber stamped.

Past seasons have seen Newcastle take part in the Asia Cup, and welcome foreign stars to SJP for a friendly kick about, no this year. Away trips to Darlington and Huddersfield are followed by a potential interesting visit of Leeds United to the Toon.

I can't imagine there being anything friendly about these ties but perhaps that will be a good thing as the championship will be more physical than the Premier League.

If you take a deeper look into the fixtures that have been arranged it suggests that someone has decided the kind of tough matches we need to face and the kind of surroundings we need to familiarise ourselves with, whilst avoiding too long a trip away from home.

The visit of Leeds could suggest talks for Jermaine Beckford have progressed with a money-spinning friendly being arranged as a possible bonus for the Yorkshire club.

All it really gives us is a little hope that takeover talks are progressing so much so that perhaps Big Al has been allowed to set up friendly games. The news he could be confirmed as manager before the end of the week is also a boost, but it is convenient how this morale boosting news has just happened to fall on the same week as season ticket forms have been sent out.

Someone please sort out the sceptic in me.

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