Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Roe Ready for Friendly Tests

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Roe Ready for Friendly Tests

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Byline: LEE RYDER

Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder today said his side will learn a lot from their two big pre-season friendlies against PSV Eindhoven and Villarreal at St James' Park, (writes LEE RYDER).

Roeder has deliberately selected European opponents of a high standard in order to prepare his side for what he hopes will be a successful UEFA Cup campaign.

United kick off their friendly fixtures with a trip to Norwich on July 26 for Craig Fleming's testimonial, before home clashes with PSV on July 29 (4pm) and then Villarreal on August 5 (5pm).

Newcastle, of course, also have their InterToto Cup campaign to think about and look likely to be playing Norwegians Lillestrom.

Roeder (above) said today: "We have some very attractive home fixtures coming up against PSV and Villarreal. We also go to Norwich for Craig Fleming's testimonial, which is a very worthwhile cause.

"But we are looking forward to the two home friendlies.

"Both of them will be very serious tests for us. …

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