Newcastle Utd boss hopes to end tour with win against Fenerbahce

TEST ... Alan Pardew's looking forward to Newcastle's visit to Hartlepool.
TEST ... Alan Pardew's looking forward to Newcastle's visit to Hartlepool.
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ALAN Pardew is hoping for some Turkish delight tomorrow.

Newcastle United end their tour of Germany and Austria with a game against Fenerbahce.

Pardew was pleased with what he saw in the club’s last friendly - Monday’s 1-0 win over Monaco - and he’s confident of another strong performance in Ritzing, where the Turkish team will be well supported.

The mood behind the scenes has been upbeat and positive, in contrast to the club’s problematic and gruelling tour of the United States last summer.

And Pardew’s hopeful the team spirit in evidence off the pitch on tour will be translated on to the field of play against Fenerbahce.

The game is also being televised by ESPN, giving United fans a chance to take another look at new signings Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano.

“The mood’s very good,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We had a good performance against Monaco. They were a strong team who had great individual players, and our lads are looking good.

“Some of our fans would have seen on ESPN we’re not far away.”

Pardew and his players travelled to Austrian capital Vienna today ahead ot the Fenerbahce game.

While work is progressing on transfers in England - Newcastle have lodged three bids for players, Andy Carroll, Douglas and Mathieu Debuchy - the efforts on the training field are already paying dividends on the continent.

“The first game (a 1-0 defeat to Chemnitzer) was a tough one, because they’ll play in their opening game this weekend,” added Pardew.

“They were ahead of us, and it showed. We were a bit sloppy and a bit rusty, as you’d expect.

“But our guys are in great condition physically. The spirit’s exactly where it was last year, so that’s very important to our fans to know that.

“We’ve not really added anybody – just Romain and Gael – and they’ve fitted in quite easily. We have to be happy with it.”

United’s revival in recent seasons has been underpinned by the togetherness forged in the wake of relegation, and Pardew’s knows keeping that spirit intact is one of the most important tasks he faces as manager.

The players went white-water rafting on Wednesday, and went out for a team meal that night for Pardew’s 51st birthday.

And the mood at the club’s hotel in Munich during the team’s stay in Bavaria was undeniably upbeat.

“Getting pre-season right is an art,” said Pardew.

“You can’t underestimate getting that balance right – it’s an art. You want everybody pulling in the same direction.

“We’ve got to do that. We still have to work hard. We don’t get complacent around here.”