Kieran Maguire: Newcastle United to repeat 'lucrative' January plan as Saudi mission on the cards
Newcastle United could embark on a second money-spinning commercial mission to Saudi Arabia during the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of a second official visit to their new owners’ homeland.
The Daily Mail reported last Sunday (8 May) that Premier League clubs are considering a “second pre-season” during November and December.
Clubs could take players not competing at the World Cup to warm-weather training camps and organise another round of exhibition matches.
The Magpies travelled to Saudi during the winter break in January earlier this year and are keen to capitalise on regional interest in PIF’s St James’ Park project.
Maguire explained the merits of another flag-flying mission in the kingdom.
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“There are commercial and strategic benefits here,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“If the matches are taking place when there aren’t World Cup games taking place, there will be an audience for those. That in itself can be lucrative.
“Many are more interested in the domestic game than they are the international game. It gives them something to focus on.
“Warm weather training also goes down well with players. It helps to keep the squad together and monitor them.
“They don’t want to have to take three or four weeks to reacclimatise to football when it kicks off again so soon after the World Cup.”
The World Cup in Qatar will last between 21 November and 18 December.
The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day.