Newcastle News, Features and Match Reports

Newcastle: Well Done For Missing Out On Diafra Sakho

25th October 2014, 14:36:23

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7 goals, 7 games. He's definitely not worth £3.5m is he?

Newcastle confirmed this week in their Fans Forum that they would find it difficult to respond to every bit of false news about the club, so it wouldn’t have been all that surprising if the reports in the summer linking Diafra Sakho to the club had been met with silence. After all, the suggestion was that only the most false information would be responded to, and with a ban.


Newcastle: How Exactly Does Injury Record Show Ashley Is Fighting?!

25th October 2014, 09:55:20

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Another classic quote from the manager who loves fighting...

Greeting the news that Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons were back in contention for the Spurs game tomorrow, Alan Pardew has come out with a very odd statement, suggesting that their recoveries somehow indicate the club are committed to fighting for survival.
“It just shows that we are fighting on all fronts from the chairman downwards. We tried to emphasise to the players it’s very, very important that we get ourselves up the league and try to put a run of wins together.”
Talking endlessly about fight and graft is inevitable, and not unwelcome – though it means little if it isn’t translated on the pitch – but it’s baffling how the recovery of a player who has been out for two years, and of another who was only out short-term indicate that Mike Ashley is fighting.


Paul Merson: Leicester Win Papered Over Newcastle Cracks

25th October 2014, 09:26:18

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Former Arsenal man in Not Wrong Shocker.

Despite being Arsenal through and through, Paul Merson has used his weekly predictions column for Sky Sports to suggest the Gunners’ biggest rivals are in for an easy ride this weekend. Unsurprisingly – for anyone other than Alan “Champions League” Pardew – Merson thinks that Spurs will walk over Newcastle in the same way that they themselves were brushed aside by Man City last week.


11 People Who Probably Most Hated Alan Shearer

24th October 2014, 14:26:44

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"Mary Poppins" wasn't a hero to everyone...

Former Newcastle captain, walking hero and all round working class hero Alan Shearer can probably go to bed happy every night that he will forever be beloved in Newcastle, and is assured of adoration even despite helping relegate the club. He is untouchable, having scored a frightening number of goals for the club, and more importantly giving everything to the cause every game, and looking double-hard along the way, but for a lot of people who don’t see through black and white eyes, he’s the most hated man in football.


Newcastle: Is 10th Place Out Of Pardew's Reach Already?

24th October 2014, 12:28:04

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If it's a minimum requirement, you have to ask how he's going to lift the team that high.

Despite some silliness where he claimed he thought his newly rebuild side could challenge for the Champions League, Alan Pardew said this summer that he would be “happy” with 48 points this season – a single point less than Newcastle managed last season. Now, even that looks like it might be out of his reach.


10 Transfers Where Newcastle Dodged A Bullet

24th October 2014, 11:23:18

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The club was relieved they didn't get these players 'over the line'.

Frustration. The word that sums up Newcastle United’s transfer dealings over the last number of years. When chairman Freddy Shepherd was at the helm, the club teetered on the brink of financial danger, lavishing extortionate amounts to entice overpaid mercenaries to St. James’ Park. With Mike Ashley in charge, the club have taken the complete opposite stance, but no less infuriating, as the stingy businessman refuses to relax the purse strings during the transfer windows, leaving Alan Pardew with the unenviable task of sniffing around the bargain basement.


Newcastle Flop Michael Chopra Wants To Be A Manager

23rd October 2014, 15:37:35

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Rocky sets his sights on India.

He might never have pulled up too many trees at Newcastle in his years on Tyneside – and is mostly remembered for scoring after just 15 seconds of coming on against Sunderland, and also for the most horrific (and apparently intentional) miss for Sunderland against the Magpies – but Michael Chopra has his eyes on a big prize in the new Indian Super League.


Newcastle Transfers: No Hope Of Signing Nicolas Gaitan

23rd October 2014, 11:38:16

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Supposedly long-term target simply wouldn't sign for Magpies.

Here’s the thought process behind the majority of transfer rumours that you will see as a Newcastle fan over the next couple of months heading into the January transfer window: the club have no money, no real intent to buy anyone (maybe a centre-half, but who knows) and like bargains. Some will ignore those points entirely, and just claim we’re in the running for £25m rated defensive midfielders left, right and centre, but the majority of links will be for players in the last year of their contracts, or who are affordable thanks to a lack of form or some release clause. And also, inevitably, players called Andy Carroll.


Newcastle Transfers: So Who Was This Mysterious Yanga Replacement?

23rd October 2014, 11:18:49

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Club maintain they had a verbally agreed replacement lined up. And then sold him anyway when that fell through...

Having already established that there was no option to pull Jamaal Lascelles back from his loan at Nottingham Forest to Newcastle early to cover the loss of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the latest NUFC Fans Forum, the club also confirmed that they actually had a good reason for sending Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa out on loan. Or at least they sort of did.


Newcastle Transfers: No Lascelles Or Darlow Recalls - Nice Work

23rd October 2014, 09:54:20
This way, we can just be under-strength for the whole season...

The latest NUFC Fans Forum has now been and gone, with the minutes – including some interesting snippets of information, and some inevitably glaring holes – published online, and among the reassurances that the club are aiming for top ten, and think fan ownership would be a bad idea (seriously? That’s a shock!), there’s news on the imemdiate future of two new signings.


Newcastle: Will New Complex Mean Ticket Price Increases?

22nd October 2014, 11:48:49
Where's the money going to come from?

After belatedly being given Category One status, it was always inevitable that Newcastle’s Academy would undergo something of a face lift, and the green-lighting of the new Benton redevelopment earlier this month is the culmination of a long gestating plan to make more of the club’s failing youth system. Even despite calls from Mike Ashley and his directors and executives over the past five years, the flow of youth talent through to the first team has been stunted, and it’s still more likely that the first team will be filled with imports and national talents, rather than local ones, unless it’s a League Cup game, or some sort of illness has ravaged the ranks.


Newcastle United: Which Team's "Model" Will Mike Ashley Steal Next?

22nd October 2014, 10:41:41

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The Arsenal model failed, the Aston Villa model failed... Is Southampton's approach next?

Back when Mike Ashley actually occasionally spoke to Newcastle fans – usually when he was backed into a corner – or had Derek Llambias attempt a charm offensive, we were told that Newcastle were going to be the new Arsenal. We would be sustainable, uncovering global talent and unearthing hidden gems in order to not have to spend the Earth, and giving wiggle room for profits to be made – it all sounded marvellous, and not at all like an excuse never to spend any money. At least initially, anyway.


Newcastle: Alan Pardew States The Bleeding Obvious About Newcastle

22nd October 2014, 10:15:49

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If it was desperate, Alan, why are you still here?

Desperate times call for desperate measures. But not at Newcastle, because professional football managers aren’t really supposed to say anything is ever “desperate” apparently, and the manager clearly thinks that a solitary win against a newly promoted team qualifies as significant enough of a change in tides to acknowledge how bad it was getting.


Newcastle United Abandon Model Of Signing Foreign Youngsters

22nd October 2014, 09:57:23

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Renewed focus on local recruitment will see foreign scholarships eradicated.

Remember when the North East was a football hotbed? Remember when all you had to do to summon potential first team players was to go to the alleyways and playing fields of Walker and Byker and watch ten minutes of football? Okay, so it was never that romanticised, but that was the stereotype of the region that once produced talents as impressive as Beardsley, Gascoigne, Shearer and Waddle (yes, Wearside had its moments too) and it is massively removed from the perception of the region now.


Newcastle: Ayoze Should Be Playing Attack With Cisse & Aarons

22nd October 2014, 08:40:24

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The strongest attacking line-up Newcastle could field.

It’s curious that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew seems so down on the pure 4-3-3 formation that team announcers occasionally still confuse his more defensively minded model for, considering it was that formation that was responsible for his Manager Of The Year award. Why deny your best achievements? Perhaps it’s because Hatem Ben Arfa played too much of a part? Perhaps it’s because the fall out of playing Demba Ba wider almost got Newcastle relegated when Papiss Cisse forgot how to be a striker? Either way, he needs to go back to it regardless.