Toon Army bound for USA

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Alan Pardew is looking forward to a first class tour of America with Newcastle in the summer, after deciding against heading to Asia.

“America was my idea,” Pardew told the Journal, with the North East club turning down lucrative offers elsewhere. “From the conversations I’ve had with other managers, I’ve come to the conclusion that touring the Far East isn’t ideal.

“We had a couple of offers to go out there, and they were lucrative deals. But they would have been beset with problems in terms of communication, facilities, travelling and food.”

Pardew says the quality of training facilities in America will be the perfect warm-up for the squad, as Newcastle look to come close to European football once more.

“While some of the distances are quite long in America, we know the training environment is going to be first class,” Pardew said.

“The food and facilities will be absolutely top drawer. It will be the best place for us. I wanted to take the players to somewhere that would give them a bit of a buzz, and I think America will do that.”

Newcastle have plans to face Sporting Club Kansas, Orlando City and Columbus Crew during the tour, and Pardew hopes some English fans will be able to make their way to the games as well as Americans.

“It should also be a great trip for our supporters as well. I’m sure we’ll have lots of people who will be looking at their holidays and thinking it will be nice to catch us in Orlando or Columbus.”

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