Newcastle set for pre-season tournament in the USA

PLANS ... John Carver.
PLANS ... John Carver.

NEWCASTLE United are set for a pre-season tournament in the United States.

The relegation-threatened club has reportedly agreed to play in a six-team competition in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, in July, though the club is yet to confirm its participation.

United last crossed the Atlantic four years ago, and the Gazette reported last month that the club was considering an offer to return to the United States.

Olympique Lyonnais, Pachuca, Swansea City, Malaga and Raja Casablanca are also said to have signed up to the tournament, which runs between July 11 and 19.

Matches will be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

John Carver, the club’s head coach until the end of the season, has been involved in discussions over pre-season fixtures.

Speaking in February, Carver said: “We’ve had a session on pre-season dates, dates for returning, as obviously it’s a shorter summer break this year.”

Newcastle played Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew in July 2011.

The gruelling tour, which saw the team take 10 flights in 10 days, was beset by problems.

United, however, went on to finish fifth in the Premier League that season.

Newcastle’s players are due to report back for pre-season training on June 29, however the identity of the head coach that will guide them won’t be revealed until after the end of the season.