Newcastle United's pre-season plans eye 'high-profile' friendly at St James's Park

Newcastle United are drawing up their pre-season plans after having their United States tour abruptly cancelled earlier this month.

Thursday, 26th May 2022, 3:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2022, 3:48 pm

The Magpies were set to take part in the ‘Ohio Cup' tournament in Cincinnati and Columbus in July along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Villarreal and Valencia before it was cancelled by the tournament organisers.

Eddie Howe was left ‘very disappointed’ by the news that left the club’s pre-season plans in tatters just days before the end of the 2021-22 season.

The club are now exploring their options but are yet to announce any pre-season fixtures as of yet. It is hoped that a high-profile friendly will be staged at St James’s Park before the start of the 2022-23 Premier League season in August.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

St James's Park, Newcastle (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Gazette understands that Serie A side Atalanta BC are being viewed as potential opponents for The Magpies with a fixture date of Friday, July 29 (7:45pm kick-off) being pencilled in, according to sources in Italy.

Read More

Read More
Newcastle United reveal academy retained list with senior international and form...

But Newcastle’s pre-season schedule is yet to be formally confirmed and the club will not be making any comment on any potential fixtures until a full fixture schedule is in place.

The Magpies hosted Norwich City in a friendly before the start of the 2021-22 campaign last summer.

Last week, head coach Howe commented on Newcastle’s pre-season: “Our pre-season plans are without a tour at the moment.

"We plan on adding one to the schedule. We’re going through various options at the moment to try and find the right place to go with everything that we want in that seven to 10 days, so we’re trying to figure out what we do next.”

A message from the Football Clubs Editor

Our aim is to provide you with the best, most up-to-date and most informative Newcastle United coverage 365 days a year.

This depth of coverage costs, so to help us maintain the high-quality reporting that you are used to, please consider taking out a subscription; sign up here.

Your support is much appreciated. Richard Mennear, Football Clubs Editor