Newcastle Utd boss happy to see home fans again

Loic Remy
Loic Remy

ALAN Pardew’s hopeful Newcastle United fans turn up in their numbers against Braga – despite frustration on Tyneside at the club’s lack of signings.

Pardew’s side wrap up their pre-season programme at St James’s Park tomorrow.

But there won’t be any new faces in Pardew’s squad for the game, with loan signing Remy sidelined with a calf problem.

The game is Newcastle’s seventh warm-up match, with United’s previous fixtures having been played away from Tyneside.

And Pardew is looking forward to watching his team complete their preparations for the new campaign on home turf against the Portuguese side on what is Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day.

“We’re ready to see our fans at St James’s Park again,” Pardew said.

“It’ll be nice to see them turn up and support the team again at home.

“The players have worked really, really hard.

“Hopefully, we can match that with a good performance.”

United have forged strong links with Braga since playing them in Faro just over a year ago.

Newcastle used their training ground during their two-game tour of Portugal last month, and Pardew feels

And Pardew said: “I think it’s nice that we play Braga.

“They let us have their training ground for a week, and they have been a good connection to us in Portugal.

“So it’s nice to be able to repay them. I think they’ll enjoy the game.

“And it will be a good game as well because they are a good side.”

Tickets for the Braga game are priced £15 for adults and £5 for concessions.