NUFC set to take on Blackpool in pre-season friendly

LET IT SLIP ... Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston.
LET IT SLIP ... Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston.

NEWCASTLE United look set to take on Championship side Blackpool as part of their pre-season preparations.

With the Premier League campaign only just finished, United have yet to announce their full list of pre-season matches.

However, it would appear that a trip to Bloomfield Road is on the cards after Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston let the cat out of the bag.

The Blackpool pitch is currently undergoing work, and there were fears that this might affect the Seasiders build up to the 2013/14 campaign.

But speaking to his local paper about the pitch work at Bloomfield Road, Oyston revealed that the club were expecting a pre-season visit by Newcastle.

“We will have a friendly against Newcastle which we are working towards but there is no desperate panic - everything is on schedule.”

The Broomfield Road playing surface came under fire last season, with Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones slamming the state of the pitch.

After the 0-0 draw with Blackpool, Jones said: “It’s absolutely crazy – you’re playing against the pitch as well as the team and it’s an absolute disgrace.”

There has been no date confirmed for the clash with Newcastle, but Oyston revealed the target is to have the surface in top-top condition by late July.

United are also hoping to take part in a pre-season tournament out in South Africa, although again details have not been announced. Fellow Premier League side Everton are said to have been lined up for the competition.