NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew WILL be going all out to win their first cup clash this season.
That’s the view of Gillingham chairman Paul Scally, who welcomes Newcastle to their Priestfield home next week.
The Magpies travel to Gillingham on Tuesday for a Capital One Cup second round clash.
Newcastle’s recent record in cup competitions is poor, having been knocked out by lower league sides on numerous occasions under Pardew.
And the club has admitted trying to win silverware is not a priority, with the Premier League taking preference.
However, Scally says Pardew will be going all out to win the game next week.
“Alan Pardew is a very good friend of mine,” said the Gills chairman.
“I was straight on the phone to him. He will be coming to win the game and we want to go out and win the game.
“It’s a good competition to be in and if you can draw a home game against a Premier League team, or even away, it adds that extra touch to it.”
The Gills are hoping the game sells out – with Scally promising all profit made from the clash goes into strengthening manager Peter Taylor’s squad.
Home tickets are selling fast, while Newcastle are set to bring a large following to Priestfield, having been given an allocation of 1,295.
Scally said: “I would hope it will be sold out. It’s a game where if you don’t come very often, you would want to come to this one.
“We haven’t played them for a long time, they are a decent side and it would be a good test for our players.
“(The gate receipts) are all added income and it is not income we’ve budgeted for. That will go straight into the playing pot, as will any other incremental income will go to.
“If we had been knocked out at Yeovil then there wouldn’t be a second round tie so there wouldn’t be any income.”
Newcastle last played Gillingham in 1976, with the Magpies winning the League Cup tie 2-1.
Tommy Cassidy and Paul Cannell got the goals for Joe Harvey’s black and whites.
Gillingham, meanwhile, have won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three League One fixtures this term.