Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2009

The Newcastle United Blog Closing Down

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I have run this site since April 23rd of 2007, but I am now getting back into the work force on a part time basis and will close this site down. A large global services consulting company ( not IBM), approached me last week out of the blue, and after meeting with them today, we struck [...]


Gurierrez Explains Why His SpiderMan Mask Was Missing

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We were all waiting for the mask to come out when Jonas scored what looked to us at least, like a world class goal he scored yesterday, Â his very first for the Newcastle club. Jonas Gutierrez - after scoring a goal And after the game the Argentine International, who seems to be a key player for his [.

Feast Or Famine At Newcastle – Feast Right Now

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If you are a Newcastle United fan, there's really nothing in the middle of how things are going at the Tyneside club. Newcastle United fans It;s either feast or famine everything is either just wonderful and great in the Newcastle garden, or everything is terrible and bad and the sky is falling in.

Jonas Gutierrez Again Showing Tremedous Form

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We had to wait 45 appearances before Jonas Gutierrez scored his first goal for Newcastle United yesterday, but it was just a tremendous solo effort from the brilliant Argentine winger. Jonas Gutierrez world class goal his first for Newcastle And no doubt Diego Maradona will be delighted to see the video of that goal  (it's [.

Expect Unsolicited Bids For Newcastle Club

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With Newcastle recovering very nicely from our rough patch recently with 3 good wins in a row don't be surprised if some bids come in for the club before the end of the year. Mike Ashley could still sell And that's even with the club officially being off the market. It doesn't have to be this year [.

Newcastle 3 Peterborough 1 – Video Highlights

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Newcastle 3 Peterborough 1 What a goal by Jonas Gutierrez! Don't miss the piece lower down on the protests.


Newcastle Will Win The League – Darren Ferguson

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Newcastle boss Chris Hughton was just delighted with his team's professional win at St. James' Park this afternoon, in front of  a good Geordie crowd of  43,067, the second biggest attendance of the day in England. Andy Carroll 4th goal this season Newcastle won fairly comfortably with goals from Gutierrez, Carroll and Simpson, before Dean Keates [.

Jonas Gutierrez Injury Not Too Serious

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Newcastle wanted to get off to a fast start this afternoon against Peterborough, and they did that thanks to the energetic good form of Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez. Jonas Gutierrez first goal for Newcastle great! The 26-year-old hit Newcastle's first goal after just 12 minutes, and it was the Argentine star's first ever goal for [.

Newcastle 3 Peterborough 1 – Job Well Done

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The only slight disappointment in this game was that Newcastle couldn't get their 9th clean sheet of the season, after going 3-0 up just after the break. But we allowed Peterborough, who were a well beaten side, to score with just 10 minutes to go in the game, to make the score look even respectable for Peterborough, [.

Steven Taylor, Gurthie and Harewood All Start

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Chris Hughton makes three changes to the side which won at Sheffield United on Monday night. As expected Steven Taylor returns for Tamas Kadar, Danny Guthrie comes in to give some creativity in midfield in place of Nicky Butt, and Marlon Harewood will get his big chance in front of the Newcastle fans this afternoon.

Nolan Wants To Beat His 12 Goal Record This Season

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Keviun Nolan has epitomized the spirit and fight in the Newcastle dressing room this season. Kevin Nolan 12 goals is his record for a season And Kevin, who was named Carling Player of the Month, will go into today's game with 8 goals already to his name after just 15 games of the 46 game Championship seaso- [.

Fighting Spirit Should Get All 3 Points For Newcastle Today

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Few Newcastle fans doubt that Newcastle United have a great fighting spirit in the team this season. Chris Hughton has created great team spirit at Newcastle this season That has surprised a number of fans this season, but it's also a major reason we've been able to fight for the points this season, and the last two [.

Coloccini Willing To Cut Hair Off If Newcastle Successful

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One of the big talking points with Fabriocio Coloccini is his hair. Coloccini with that hair get the comb! We noticed it when he was playing for Argentina in Germany in the World Cup in 2006, and that made him stand out, along with some steady play at the back for his country. That's when we [.

Coloccini Shows His Colors – Proud To Play For Newcastle

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It's generally agreed that Coloccini struggled in the Premier League last season, after a good start. Coloccini - loves playing for the famous Newcastle United But for a fee of £10.6M from Spanish club Deportivo, he hardly looked that kind of player last year. The Argentine also had the added hardship that when he first came in he [.

January Transfer Funds Available To Hughton – Nothing

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Chris Hughton doesn't know how much money will be available in the transfer market in Jnauary, but he really doesn't need to. Chris Hughton cheer up Chris we're top of the league! We have a suspicion the amount available for transfers is actually zero, or very close to it. But that may not be all bad [.

Ashley Was Never Going To Pick Newcastle Transfer Targets

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Chris Hughton has come out and said today that he will have the final say on players coming and going at the club. Mike Ashley - not picking any players But that's no surprise since the club has done away with their Director of Football, Dennis Wise, so to speak, and presumably the manager now reports into [.

Newcastle vs Peterborough – Match Preview

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On paper the game tomorrow against 2nd bottom Peterborough should be an easy game. But football games are not played on paper, and we've already learned that in the Championship that any side can raise their game on the day, especially when they play Newcastle. And the opposing team's play bears no resemblance to their league position [.

Andy Carroll Confidence Sky High

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Andrew Carroll looks like he can indeed become a future Newcastle first team striker, with the phenomenal progress he has made over the last two seasons. Andy Carroll - a great left foot and good header of the ball He has doubled his senior goals for the club this season, going from 3 goals to 6 in [.

Newcastle Will Revenge Peterborough’s Win Against Reserves

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When Newcastle played Peterborough on 22nd September, we rested most of our first team squad, and started with 6 teenagers. Steve Harper - another super save form the local lad But when Peterborough deservedly won that game, there was not one word mentioning this on their club site report of the game, and nothing from manager Ferguson, [.

Chris Hughton Secretive On January Transfer Targets

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Chris Hughton has drawn up his January targets, having them all continually scouted , and hopes to bring them in during the January window. Chris Hughton - will not discuss transfer targets good But try to get who they may be and he will not tell you a very wise approach by Chris. We remember [.

No Secret Clause in Gutierrez Contract To Leave Newcastle

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As we half expected Chris Hughton wants to keep every player he currently has when the January 31st rolls around, and the transfer window slams shut. Jonas Gutierrez - his agent made it all up Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today: "I am confident we will not lose anybody. All I am thinking of is adding to [.

Ashley Completely At Odds With Newcastle Fans

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Some quotes by Managing Director Derek Llambias today details just how much the ownership of Newcastle is out of step with the fans. Mike Ashley completely out of touch with the fans Derek just doesn't understand where the fans are coming from and it seems like they don't want to. Here's what Derek Llambias said: "It's [.

Hughton Looks Certain To Strengthen Magpies Squad In January

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The evidence keeps mounting that Newcastle will almost certainly add to their squad maybe significantly in January. Chris Hughton almost certain to increase squad in January That's even if it means all the players are brought in on loan, since the club is strapped for cash this season, as they struggle to pay the [.

Andrew Carroll Coming Along In Leaps And Bounds

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Andrew Carroll, who's still only 20, has come on in leaps and bounds this season, and we look forward to 12 months time, when hopefully Andrew and 18 year-old fellow striker Nile Ranger could well be leading the Newcastle attack in the Premiership. Andy Carroll coming along in leaps and bounds Carroll talked the BBC Newcastle [.

Hughton Asks Fans To Continue 100% Support Of Side

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Chirs Hughton wants Newcastle fans to forget their differences with Mike Ashley and support the team 100% tomorrow, and also continue in that vein. Chris Hughton - asks for 100% Newcastle support All 3 points is the only thing that;s important tomorrow when we entertain Peterborough United. Posh will be the first club to revisit the re- branded [.

Are Sports Direct Paying Newcastle For Naming Privileges?

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Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is convinced St James' Park will always be St James' Park. Chris - seems to align himself behind the fans Owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias caused further outrage yesterday when they said the 52,000-capacity stadium will now be known as the sportsdirect.

Shola Ameobi Likely To Return For Swansea Game

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Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is hoping to have Shola Ameobi back by the end of the month, and that's got to be good news, because the last we heard it was going to be some time in December. Shola Ameobi - he just scored ...  again! We are very pleased that Shola will soon be back, and quite honestly [.

Newcastle 3rd Best Supported Club In England And Relegated

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Despite the fact that we were actually relegated last season Newcastle were the 3rd best supported club in the land based on average home attendances. The legendary Newcastle fans With an average home attendance of 48,750 we were only behind Manchester United (75,304) and Arsenal (60,040) in England, and yes we'll be the first to say that [.

Steven Taylor Almost Certain To Start On Saturday

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23 year-old Steven Taylor is set to return to Newcastle United's starting line-up for the important game against Peterborough United at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon. Steven Taylor - can he score one of these on Saturday? The game is against a team that is second bottom of the league right now, but we can take [.

Bolton Want Newcastle’s Andy Carroll – No Chance!

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News today that Bolton manager Gary Megson is ready to go after Newcastle striker Andy Carroll in January and all we can say to that is the best of luck because Bolton have no chance of signing 20 year-old Andy Carroll. Andy Carroll - going nowhere First of all why would Andy want to leave his home [.

Gutierrez – I Am Fully Committed to Newcastle United

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Gutierrez talked yesterday about Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, and like his team-mates, he is very pleased to see the well respected coach get his big chance in management. Jonas Gutierrez please to see Chris the new manager Gutierrez told the Evening Chronicle yesterday : "He was here for the start of the season, so it's good [.

LLambias Lays Out Strained Financial Position At Newcastle

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We were wondering when we would hear something about the revenues being generated this year, since we were relegated to the second division of English football for the first time in 20 years. Derek LLambias - lays out Newcastle's financials not good And as we've mentioned Newcastle are still working with a Premier League wage, [.

Is Leon Cort The £1M Player Hughton Wants To Buy?

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We've been doing a little bit of Sherlock Holmes today, and we think maybe the player who will join Newcastle on a permanent basis in January is Leon Cort of Stoke City. Leon Cort on his way to Tynesiode in January The 30 year old 6′2" center-back is probably available for around £1M, and Derek LLmabias [.

Newcastle Fan Per Ciljan Skelbred On Way To Newcastle?

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Chris Hughton is currently drawing up a list of targets, but if the players come in, it will have to be on a loan deal at least initially. Per Ciljan Skelbred a Newcastle supporter since a boy If these players are good, a loan deal is fine because it does have advantages for the [...]


Steve Harper – Newcastle Wobble Is Now Over

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Steve Harper has been a top player for Newcastle this season, and he's certainly taken the chance offered to him, when Shay Given left Tyneside for Manchester City last January. Steve Harper - in great form this season And of course the other motivating factor for Steve  is certain Ditch youngster, Tim Krul, who will no doubt become [.

Kevin Nolan Wins Two Successive Monthly Awards

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Kevin Nolan, not surprisingly, has spoken of his delight at being voted the PFA Fans' Championship player for October. Kevin Nolan - 8 goals this season so far Kevin landed the Newcastle United Carling Player of the Month prize for September and was this week voted the PFA Fans' Championship player for October.

St. James’ Park – Presented by TESCO

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Derek Llambias moved to allay fear and anger with Newcastle fans on Mike Ashley's pronouncement to sell naming rights to St James' Park. St. James' Park - the Cathedral on the Hill Presented by Ashley announced his plans last week after also confirming he would not be selling the Coca-Cola Championship club but it has met with universal [.

Ashley Should Bring In Knowledgeable Chairman To Run Newcastle

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Derek LLambias has come out today and said they want to ensure Newcastle get promoted but no transfer money is available in January. Laurel and Hardy in that order now starring at Newcastle Playhouse Note that even they are laughing it's so comical However, if Chris comes along with some players he wants we'll try [.

Derek LLambias – Miniscule Money Available For New Players

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Derek Llambias has come out this morning, and at least he has talked to the Newcastle fans, but what he has to say isn't positive not positive at all. Derek LLambias - no money for transfers well maybe £1M Whay Derek says is that essentially no money is available for new players in January, but he [.

Young Tamas Kadar Starting To Look The Part For Newcastle

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19 year-old Hungarian defender defender, in only his second league outing, further enhanced his growing reputation as he put in a solid showing alongside returning Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini. Tamas Kadar solid game last night well done! Sheffield United were a very physical side last night, as most sides will try to be against [.

Clean Sheets Key To Newcastle Promotion

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Clean sheets are very important to Newcastle's promotion ambitions this season. Chris Hughton very pleased with clean sheet Former manager Sam Allardyce often talked about clean sheets and said the team that had the most in the Premier League generally ended up being the Champions. It's a pity we couldn't have kept more clean sheets during the [.

Steven Taylor Expected Back For Saturday

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The news we wanted to hear today Steven Taylor will return to the squad on Saturday afternoon, when we take on Peterborough United at St. James' Park. Steven Taylor back on Saturday But it may be that Chris will again start Coloccini and Kadar on Saturday, and bring on Steven say for the last 30 [.

Toon Army Best In The Country – Make That The World

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Successful Teams Win Even When They Don’t Play Well

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Chris Hughton talked after the game last night about what he did and said at half time, to get the Newcastle players out of their dream state which is how many of them played like in the first half .......... again. Chris Hughton good team talk at half time? Hughton said: "The only tactical change [.

Top Of The League And Newcastle Still Being Criticized

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We could smash the players last night for their first half performance and some reports this morning have done just that saying this is the worst Newcastle side for 20 years. Colin and Chris - so far so good keep it up! Well since we are now in the second division that may be true [...]


Three Late Great Saves By Harper Preserves All 3 Points

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Chis Hughton this morning praised the magnificent play of goalkeeper Steve Harper last night, as the Magpies scraped together a second successive win to remain top of the Coca Cola Championship. Steve Harper 3 great late saves Chris also praised the spirit of his players, as they again stuck at it and came out of a [.

Kilgallon Rumored Again As Newcastle Target – But For £4M?

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There's a very small report ion the Sun this morning that says Chris hughton wants to bring in Matthew Kilgallon of Sheffiled United in Jnauary. Matthew Kilgallon again linked with Newcastle move This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with Kilgallon, whom they tried to sing on the last day of the transfer [.

Hughton Happy With Ugly Win – Same Here!

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Chris Hughton admits it was an ugly win last night but hey a win is a win and we won last night without playing well so we're not complaining. Chris Hughton - happy with ugly win same here And it was Chris' first game as the permanent Newcastle manager so congratulations to [...]


Hughton Interview After Newcastle Win – Video

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Here's Chris Hughton's interview after the tough win at Sheffield United last night. If the Blackwell interview comes up first (he may be in trouble) look to the right and click on Chris' interview. It's a good interview and Chris is down to earth as usual, and he's taking absolutely nothing for granted.

Sheffield United 0 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Scrape Home

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Newcastle got the result they needed tonight at Bramall Lane and kept their 8th clean sheet of the season as Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini made his long-awaited return to the side after a troublesome groin injury. That was the good news, but the bad news is that we had to rely on a Sheffield United own goal to [.

Latest Newcastle United Team News

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We expect Steven Taylor to miss the game tonight and it would be a bit of a surprise if Hughton risked the player for tonight's game. And we made a mistake (now corrected) when we left Ryan Taylor out of our expected team (as a sub) Â in our match preview earlier today so [...]


Sheffield United vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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Every game this season is important for Newcastle United, but tonight's game is particularly vital. And that's because Newcastle fans are still not sure whether our players are really good enough for promotion this season, although of course we all hope they are. After a terrific start to the season, when we hammered Ipswich Town 4-0 [.

The Great Gary Speed Plotting Newcastle Downfall Tonight

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Gary Speed, the former great Newcastle midfielder, is now assistant manager to Kevin Blackwell at Sheffield United. Gary Speed - assistant manager at the Blades Gary will be planning the downfall of Newcastle United, his former club, tonight and we have to hope he will not be successful. Gary, who is best friends of course with a [.

Bad News – Taylor Doubtful For Sheffield game

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We were hoping that Steven Taylor would make the game tonight but of the 3 injured, which included Danny Simpson and Coloccini Steven was always the one that looked to be the most doubtful for tonight. Steven Taylor with Coloccini doubtful for tonight Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today: "Steven will be [.

Smith Doesn’t Think He’ll Be As Good As He Once Was

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Alan Smith is nothing if not a really truthful player, both in words and deeds. Alan Smith - will never regain his old form Alan, who represents the new spirit shown by the Newcastle players this season, and he has come out today and said he doesn't think he'll ever be able to recapture his England [.

It’s So Hard To Watch Shay Given These Days

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Are we the only ones who now find it hard to watch somebody like Newcastle legend, Shay Given, when he plays for Manchester City? Shay Given another world class display yesterday Every time we watch the Premier League now we think of how things were. And to see Shay Given give a world class display yesterday against [.

Ashley Will Support Hughton To Ensure Newcastle Promoted

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Chris Hughton seems to have taken another shot at trying to explain what he thinks the £20M, said to be given to the club by owner Mike Ashley (we're still ot fully convinced it isn't another PR exercise), will actually be used for. Chris Hughton - another explanation is this one right? Chris talked to the [.

It’s The Start Of A New Era At Newcastle

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Hughton has talked today before tonight's important game at Bramall Lane, and said that at least as far as he is concerned this is the start of a new era at Newcastle. Chris Hughton new era at Newcastle United But because Chris is now the permanent manager at the club, he doesn't see too much changing [.

It’s Time For Newcastle To Be United – 100%

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There's little doubt that Ashley's decision to take the Newcastle club off the market last week was very unpopular for Newcastle fans, to say the very least. Chris Hughton hopes Newcastle fans will remain united But Chris Hughton, now in one of the most difficult management jobs in football, whether he likes that or not, or [.

If Gutierrez Wants To Leave Newcastle – Let Him Go

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There's news today that Newcastle and Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez, may be ready to leave Newcastle United for Italian club Roma. Jonss Gutierrez seems his agent wants the move The Argentina international surprisingly remained at Newcastle after the club was relegated last May. And only a week or so ago, Argentine manager Diego Maradona was quoted as [.

Number One Job – Get Newcastle Promoted This Season

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Nicky Butt talked today about how important it is for Newcastle United to get promoted and it has to be this season. Nicky Butt - Newcastle must get promoted Starting tomorrow night at Bramall Lane it will be important for Newcastle to put together a good win streak so we can keep on top of [...

Hughton Appointment Is Relief To Newcastle Dressing Room

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Newcastle club captain has spoken at length this morning and says the Newcastle dressing room was extremely pleased to hear that Hughton had been appointed full time manager at Newcastle last week . Nicky Butt pleased with Hughton appointment Butt said today: "It is definitely a big relief for everyone in the dressing room to have Chris [.

Adidas Arena – For £6M A Year?

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News today that the German Sports equipment firm Adidas are now favorites to win the naming rights of Newcastle United's famous St James' Park. Adidas Arena The Sunday Mirror reports the German firm, who are already the Newcastle's kit suppliers, want to rename the 52,000-seat capacity stadium as the Adidas Arena.

Chris Hughton After Long-Term Contract At Newcastle

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Chris Hughton at least has the right attitude, and few Newcastle fans would disagree with that. Chris Hughton wants to be Newcastle manager long term How could anybody else survive at the Newcastle club over the last 20 months, (close to 10 years at normal clubs), and actually love the club a lot more than when [.

Hughton Talks About New Loan Signings – This Year

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Chris Hughton has talked at length today on what he thinks that £20M investment is for, and says he hasn't ruled out bringing in new loan players before the loan period ends on November 25th. Chris Hughton considering new loan signings? Hughton again gave his explanation of where he thought that £20M was going to go, and [.

Why Should Newcastle Fans Believe One Word Mike Ashley Says?

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Mike Ashley's words ring even more hollow to Newcastle United fans, after the PL Tribunal had done its job. Mike Ashley why should we believe this man? And the latest peice of PR is that all naming rights will go to buy players. But we will never have any idea of where the money from various revenue [.

Naming Rights Revenue For Players – Another PR Exercise

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The People is reporting this morning that Mike Ashley will use every penny he receives from the St. James' Park naming rights to buy new players for Newcastle United. Tesco Park Our response to that is pull the other leg,  it's got bells on. That's a very hollow promise indeed because how would we ever know if [.