Newcastle United plan pre-season tour of USA?

ABILITY ... John Carver.
ABILITY ... John Carver.

NEWCASTLE United are considering a summer tour of the United States.

The club is putting together its pre-season programme.

We’re talking about different options

John Carver

And it is understood to be considering an offer to travel to cross the Atlantic.

United’s players will report back for the start of pre-season training on June 29.

However, it remains to be seen who will be in charge of the club, which toured New Zealand last summer, when the squad returns to the club’s Benton training ground.

John Carver’s head coach contract runs to the end of the campaign.

If he is not give the job on a full-time basis – the club “deferred” a decision on Alan Pardew’s permanent successor until the summer – he will remain at St James’s Park as assistant manager.

Carver – who had a spell working in North America with Toronto FC earlier in his coaching career – has been heavily involved in discussions on recruitment and the club’s pre-season plans.

Speaking last month, the 50-year-old said: “The conversations I’ve have always been long-term.

“We’ve had a session on pre-season dates, dates for returning, as obviously it’s a shorter summer break this year.

“We haven’t decided where we’re going, but we’re talking about different options.”

Newcastle last toured the United States in 2011, when the team, then managed by Pardew, played Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.

The gruelling tour, which saw the team take 10 flights in 10 days, was beset by problems, though Newcastle went on to finish fifth in the Premier League that season.

However, English clubs are increasingly looking to exploit commercial opportunities in North America given the growing popularity of Major League Soccer.

And the Premier League’s viewing figures across the Atlantic have soared in recent years.

Carver has often talked about his 14 monts at Toronto, who are expected to host Sunderland in a pre-season friendly.

The clubs exchanged Jermain Defoe and Jozy Altidore in January’s transfer window, and it was reported in Canada that two friendlies were written into the swap seal.