UK time is: 21:53:41
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Roeder Backs InterToto

The Intertoto Cup is seen as the back-door into Europe, and not that many clubs are prepared to cut short their player's holidays to accomodate it.

But the United manager welcomes the chance to get an edge over the other Premiership clubs by having his players 'on the ball' for the start of the season.

Roeder: 'We worked extremely hard to get to the Intertoto and we don't want to make any errors.

'We have had a short summer break and now we have two and a half weeks to get fit for the first competitive game. We have got five guaranteed fixtures but we also expect to be playing in the early rounds of the UEFA Cup. And we want to do the job thoroughly and that's why I am going to Norway to watch Lillestrom and Keflavik.

'The idea is to see their strengths and weaknesses, as well as Keflavik, although I would be surprised if the Icelandic team win this one.

'After speaking to several coaches on the Pro-Licence course last week, I know that most teams are reporting back between July 7-12. But we are back earlier because we produced such an astonishing run at the end of last season to get in through the back door and qualify for Europe - and now we have to take the opportunity.

'Of course, you would rather qualify automatically but without the InterToto we would not be talking about Europe. Coming back early can also work in your favour, but the key to having a good start to the season is having a fully fit squad. And we will be steadily building up the numbers in our squad over the coming weeks.

'We have to be as careful as we can as we cannot afford any errors during the build-up.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 30 2006

Time: 10:58AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Taylor's Career Not Off The Rayls (Monday November 24 2014)

Kids Continue To Prosper (Monday November 24 2014)

NUFC v QPR Match Preview and Thread (Saturday November 22 2014)

Campbell Joins Hartlepool (Friday November 21 2014)

Another Youngster Joins The Squad (Friday November 21 2014)

Draw Completes The Dreaded Outcome (Thursday November 20 2014)

Lost In Translation (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Gutierrez Joins The PR Campaign (Sunday November 16 2014)

NUFC International Round Up (Sunday November 16 2014)

Archived Newcastle United Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. PieMag 242
2. BLACKBOB 27 234
3. OldLeazes 206
4. Toon_NoMatterWot 206
5. officemonkey 145
6. thecorner 105
7. McCreery 93
8. Odin 82
9. carlosvendetta 71
10. Rytoon 62

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Southampton 12 8 2 2 18 26
3. Man City 12 7 3 2 11 24
4. Man Utd 12 5 4 3 4 19
5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 3 18
8. Arsenal 12 4 5 3 5 17

Breaking League News

Man City : 25/11/2014 21:36:00
Mixed Diame And Lenihan Injury News
Hull City : 25/11/2014 20:07:00
Robertson Attracting Interest
Hull City : 25/11/2014 20:05:00
Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund Match Preview
Arsenal : 25/11/2014 20:01:00
Stop Criticising Referees Neil!
Crystal Palace : 25/11/2014 19:43:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do you think NUFC will finish this season?
Suggested By:  Talk of the Tyne
Top 5%
Top 4 3%
Europa league places 18%
Mid table 46%
Relegated 28%