Newcastle united Blog Archives for January 2016

Newcastle Favorites To Sign Robert Snodgrass For £5M

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The Daily Star is reporting in an exclusive today that 29 year-old Hull City winger and Scottish International Robert Snodgrass has turned down a new deal and wants to leave Hull next month during the January transfer window. The news is that Newcastle are very keen to sign the 21 times capped Scottish International (6 [.

Newcastle Favorites To Sign Robert Snodgrass For £5M

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The Daily Star is reporting in an exclusive today that 29 year-old Hull City winger and Scottish International Robert Snodgrass has turned down a new deal and wants to leave Hull next month during the January transfer window. The news is that Newcastle are very keen to sign the 21 times capped Scottish International (6 [.

Newcastle Linked With Aston Villa Striker For January

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The Guardian is reporting that if Aleksandar Mitrovic leaves Newcastlenext month then manager Rafa Benitez would be interested in signing Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede, the 29 year-old 6ft 4ins French-born striker. 22 year-old Mitrovic has been linked with two struggling Premier League clubs for next month Swansea and Crystal Palace but the chances [.

Newcastle Linked With Aston Villa Striker For January

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The Guardian is reporting that if Aleksandar Mitrovic leaves Newcastlenext month then manager Rafa Benitez would be interested in signing Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede, the 29 year-old 6ft 4ins French-born striker. 22 year-old Mitrovic has been linked with two struggling Premier League clubs for next month Swansea and Crystal Palace but the chances [.

Newcastle Star – Benitez Has Got Every Blade Of Grass Covered

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Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is now getting match fit as he attempts to get his place back in the Newcastle goal from the impressive Karl Darlow, who has played really well for us so far this season. Rob has been coming back from that serious ACL injury he picked up playing for Ireland against Slovakia [.

Newcastle Star – Benitez Has Got Every Blade Of Grass Covered

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Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is now getting match fit as he attempts to get his place back in the Newcastle goal from the impressive Karl Darlow, who has played really well for us so far this season. Rob has been coming back from that serious ACL injury he picked up playing for Ireland against Slovakia [.

Newcastle Closer To Deal For Talented Midfielder

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The Chronicle'schiefsports reporter Lee Ryder has just tweeted thatNewcastle are still in with more than a decent chance of getting 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January for the rest of the season. It's not surprising there's competition to get this excellent young player next month, but Rafa Benitez must be a [.

Newcastle Closer To Deal For Talented Midfielder

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The Chronicle'schiefsports reporter Lee Ryder has just tweeted thatNewcastle are still in with more than a decent chance of getting 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January for the rest of the season. It's not surprising there's competition to get this excellent young player next month, but Rafa Benitez must be a [.

Goalkeeper At Newcastle For The Long Haul Under Benitez

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Rob Elliot has talked in the Chronicle again today and he has mentioned that Rafa Benitez has already told him he wants him for the long haul at Newcastle. Rob is still fighting his way back from the ACL injury he picked up in late March playing for Ireland against Slovakia. Karl Darlow is currently [.

Goalkeeper At Newcastle For The Long Haul Under Benitez

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Rob Elliot has talked in the Chronicle again today and he has mentioned that Rafa Benitez has already told him he wants him for the long haul at Newcastle. Rob is still fighting his way back from the ACL injury he picked up in late March playing for Ireland against Slovakia. Karl Darlow is currently [.

Ajax Manager Has Surprising Update On Tim Krul

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Tim Krul is still coming back from his very serious ACL injury and he has yet to play for the Ajax first team, but he has played for the Ajax reserve side a few times now. The Chronicle has a short interview with Ajax manager Peter Bosz today andPeter has said there's a long way [...]

Ajax Manager Has Surprising Update On Tim Krul

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Tim Krul is still coming back from his very serious ACL injury and he has yet to play for the Ajax first team, but he has played for the Ajax reserve side a few times now. The Chronicle has a short interview with Ajax manager Peter Bosz today andPeter has said there's a long way [...]

Crystal Palace Sack Pardew After Terrible 2016

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Crystal Palace have fired manager Alan Pardew just less than two years after he joined them after leaving Newcastle United. Last Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Chelsea was the 8th defeat in the last 10 games and that was enough to have Pardew fired after a terrible run of results this year. But Alan will not [.

Crystal Palace Sack Pardew After Terrible 2016

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Crystal Palace have fired manager Alan Pardew just less than two years after he joined them after leaving Newcastle United. Last Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Chelsea was the 8th defeat in the last 10 games and that was enough to have Pardew fired after a terrible run of results this year. But Alan will not [.

Newcastle Fans Take To Twitter On Pardew Sacking

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Here's a sampling of comments made by Newcastle fans after Alan Pardew was fired today by Crystal Palace after a really woeful 2016. We've tried to keep it clean and not too negative but as you may expect there are a lot worse comments than these on the Twitter hashtag #nufc. Yes maybe we [...]

Newcastle Fans Take To Twitter On Pardew Sacking

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Here's a sampling of comments made by Newcastle fans after Alan Pardew was fired today by Crystal Palace after a really woeful 2016. We've tried to keep it clean and not too negative but as you may expect there are a lot worse comments than these on the Twitter hashtag #nufc. Yes maybe we [...]

It’s Just Unbelievable

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In something that seemed impossible that Newcastle have appealed successfully against the red cards given out to both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett following that terrible refereeing performance and a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest last Friday night. Now what about the 3 points we lost because those two players were wrongly dismissed?

Alan Shearer Receives CBE – Speaks Out On Sexual Abuse

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Alan Shearer received his CBE at Buckingham Palace from the Duke of Cambridge who is President of the FA. Alan received theOBE from the Queen back in 2001 and the CBE is one level below a knighthood. Alan Shearer receiving CBE from the Duke of Cambridge today First of all from that photo above, it [.

Newcastle Will Highlight To FA Poor Refereeing In Championship

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The Shields Gazette is reporting that Newcastle will write to the FA and highlight the very poor standard of refereeing they have been seeing this season. The game on Friday night was too bad to be true but it happened. We know Rafa was furious with the refereeing and he made muted comments about [..

Rafa Benitez Now Has A Big Vacancy To Fill

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The club announced last night that Ian Cathro had indeed joined Hearts as their new manager, even if Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd and others were not too happy about that possibility yesterday. So Rafa Benitez now has a big vacancy to fill although he says he will not rush into any appointment. Ian Cathro and [.

Newcastle Want Rangers Midfielder In January

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The Scottish Sun is reporting that Newcastle are after Josh Windass, the 22 year-old Rangers midfielder and the report is the Tyneside club want him in January. This is the first time we have ever been linked with Windass. Windass only joined Rangers from Accrington Stanley in July on a four year contract along with [.

Rafa’s Issues Rallying Cry To Newcastle’s Players

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Rafa Benitez was not happy with the performances of referee Stephen Martin or Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury in a bizarre game on Friday night, when most of the important decisions allwent against Newcastle. Two penalties against the Magpies in the first half with two players sent off and a good goal from Ciaran Clark [.

Player Praises Rafa’s Massive Experience And Tactical Knowledge

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Issac Hayden has been interviewed in the localpapers this morning and he has talked about just how goodRafaBenitez is and how the players now have a winning mentality. That's a lot different than under Steve McClarenlast season, when the players had a decidedly losing mentally and could lose any game quite easily and often [.

Newcastle Legend – His Heart Is In The Right Place

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer will be honored today by the Duke of Cambridge at a Buckingham Palace ceremony with an CBE and it's for his charity work. The Duke of Cambridge is the President of the Football Association. Alan has put in a lot of time for Charity in the north-east and he deserves [.

When We Scored The Fourth Goal The Pitch Was Shaking

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One of the most incredible finishes in Newcastle's long history happened this season at St. James Park on Wednesday 28th September. That's when YoanGouffran and Dwight Gale scored goals against NorwichCity in the fifth and sixth minute of stoppage time to pull off an incredible 4-3 win. DwightGayle after scoring sensation winner Isaac Hayden has [.

Newcastle Hero In EFL Team Of The Week

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It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is in the EFL Team of the Week. There's not too many goalkeepers who can say they saved two penalties in the space of just 10 minutes but that's what Karl did to keep Newcastle in the game on Friday night at [...]

Rafa – Somebody Made A Lot Of Mistakes In This Game

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In Rafa Benitez' interview in the Chronicle today he doesn't mention the referee on Friday night by name Stephen Martin but he does say that somebody in the game has made a lot of mistakes. In his long career 20 years in management and 30 years in coaching Rafa may not [...]

Rafa Benitez – I Was Really Proud Of My Players

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Rafa Benitez is taking the high road about Friday night's disastrous referring display from Stephen Martin and he says that even with 9 men in the second half Newcastle could have won the game. Given it was 1-1 after 85 minutes he's right we could have scored and won it 2-1. But we didn't [...]

Scottish Player Comes Out With All Guns Blazing Against Ian Cathro

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Kilmarnock and former Rangers and Scotland striker KrisBoyd has come out with all guns blazing against Ian Cathro in the Scottish Sun today and why he as done that we have idea. Ian Cathro is about to be named as the new Hearts coach and in short Kris doesn't feel he is good enough [...]

The Good And The Bad Of Being A Top Team

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Newcastle haven't had a good team for a while now and since Sir Bobby Robson was sackedin late August, 2004 for finishing only 5th in the league, since then Newcastle have finished5thin the Premier League only once back in 2012. And just in case the Geordie fans got carried away with that, the next [.

Rafa Simply Furious After The Game On Friday

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The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa Benitez was furious after the game on Friday night and of course you only have to watch his interview after the game to see that, but apparently off camera he was completely lived about what happened. In his interviews after the game Rafaconcentrated on the antics of Henri Lansbury [.

Two Huge Characteristics Newcastle Didn’t Have Last Season

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Karl Darlow was easily our Man of the Match and the hero of Friday night's bizarre 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, when we were down to 9 men by the break and the goalkeeper had saved two penalties within a time frame of about ten minutes in that first half. Karl thinks the team has [...]

Midfielder May Decide He Needs To Leave Newcastle

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Vurnon Anita was signedin the summer of 2012 and has been playing well for the side sinceRafa Benitez arrived at the club in March. But his five year deal on Tynesideruns out next summer and there has been no move to extend his contract by Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley. Not yet anyway and [.

Newcastle In Surprise Move On Red Cards

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The Chronicle is reporting it is their understanding that Newcastle will appeal both red cards picked up on Friday night at Nottingham Forest in a bizarre game and a very poor refereeing performance. We ended up losing that game 1-0, but it's hard to win when you are down to 9 men at half time. [...]

Alan Shearer – Rafa Is Doing An Excellent Job At Newcastle

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Alan Shearer has talked about the job Rafa Benitez has been doing at Newcastle this season and even after a bad spell, Alan thinks the manager is doing an excellent job atthe club. The interview was with Coral and took place before Friday night's game at Nottingham Forest, which was a bizarre game with some [.

Newcastle After Mexican International Box-To-Box Midfielder

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There is a report in the Portuguese media outlet A Bola that Newcastle United scouts were again watching Porto last night. Portowon win 1-0 over SC Braga although it hasn't been clear which player or players Newcastle have been watching but obviously Rafa is having his scouts watch a specific Porto player.

Forest Manager In Huge Compliment To Newcastle Side

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Before the game on Friday night Nottingham Forest's French manager Philippe Montanier had talked about meeting Rafa Benitez at a conference a few years back and how he had talked with the world-class manager and he seemed to be a fan of Rafa Benitez has won three European titles (Two Europa Leagues and one [.

This Is A Really Big Week Coming Up For Newcastle

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Eight days ago which is a week in Beatles' time we were all on a huge high and were expecting Newcastle to create a new club record of 10 wins in a row when we played 3rd bottom Blackburn at home. 90% of our fans in our pre-match poll thought we would win [...]

Newcastle Got A Mini Reprieve Yesterday

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It was on the 18th October when we beat Barnsley 2-0 away that we went top of the Championship overtaking Norwich City and at the time we had 28 points from 13 games. But after two successive defeats in the league last week we expected tolose top place to Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday, with [.

Debate Raging in Scotland Over Ian Cathro’s Suitability

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There are question marks and a debate raging in Scotlandabout the suitability of Newcastle assistant coach Ian Cathro and whether he will be a success if he gets the manager job at Heart of Midlothian, as expected. Hearts Director of Football Craig Levein is said to have already made a move for the 30 year-old, [.

Nottingham Forest 2 Newcastle 1 – Video Highlights For Overseas Fans

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This video playshere in the US so hopefully it plays around the world for our overseas fans. If it's blocked try going here. Those are great saves from Karl Darlow!

Newcastle Striker Will Not Leave For Struggling Premier League Clubs

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Two Premier League clubs who are struggling near the bottom of the league, West Ham and Crystal Place are said to want Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the January transfer window. The exclusivereport is in the Express and apparently the clubs have been alerted because Mitro is no longer a starterat Newcastle but there [.

Our Man Of The Match Making A Name For Himself

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There was only one Man of the Match for us on Friday night at Nottingham Forest and that was goalkeeper Karl Darlow who kept us in the game in the first half with two phenomenal saves from the two penalties referee Stephen Martin kindly awarded to the home side. And after brilliantly saving the second [.

Newcastle Still Top As Brighton Draw, Reading Hammered

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Some good news for a change for Newcastle that Brighton & Hove Albion could only draw 0-0 at Cardiff City and Reading got hammered 5-0 at Fulham. So the second and third teams couldn't gain too much on Newcastle and weremain top of the league by one point from Brighton. Notice we are still 6 [.

Benitez May Now Want A Playmaker Signed In January

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With Jonjo Shelvey;s sending off last night he will miss the next three games and then with his personal hearing on his FA misconduct charge being heard two weeks on Monday it's very possible that Jonjo could miss the next eight games at a minimum. With Newcastle's mini-slumpof three successive defeats, Rafa will be [.

Proud Newcastle Defender Tells It Like It Is

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Ciaran Clark has been one of our best players this season and he's turned ou to be a terrific buy from Aston Villa for just £5M. Ciaran has come into the side nad plays very well in central defense with captain Jamaal Lascelles and it's starting to become a greatpartnership at the back for Newcastle.

Will Jonjo Shelvey Ever Change – Probably Not

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To be fair to Jonjo Shelvey, he's been well behaved this season apart from the time he is accused of misconduct late in the Wolves game back in September and his personal hearing for that is due to take place during the week of 19th December. But generally he's been well behaved and has [...]

Newcastle Fans React On Twitter To Sad Defeat

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In the first half of the game at the City Ground yesterday referee Stephen Martin gave Nottingham Forest two penalties and sent off the two offending players Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett. Karl Darlow brilliantly saved both penalties. And the referee also disallowed a perfectly good headed goal by Ciaran Clark in the first [.

Rafa Benitez Talks About Play Acting And Referee Errors

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Stephen Martin got a number of decisions wrong last night at the City Ground when the Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle game seemed to be too much for him. The officiating in the second division has been pretty woeful all season long, but Martin took it to new depths last night with some bizarre decisionswhen he [.

Comedian Steve Martin – It’s No Joke

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Fans mistook American comedianand actor Steve Martin's Twitter account for that of the referee Stephen Martin at last night's game, when Nottingham Forest beat Newcastle 2-1 with some bizarre referring from Martin. Although Stephen was a bit of a comedian himself last night with some of the funny decisions he made in the game.

After Some Moaning And Groaning We Need To Buckle Down

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We'll have to moan and groan for a bit yet, after that shocking display from referee Stephen Martin last night, but in the cold light of day it was still another 3 points lost and our third defeat in 6 days. Yesterday was not a good day I got some bad personal news too, so [...]

Alan Shearer Takes A Swipe At That Awful Referee

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We just watched the game again when we were shockingly beaten 2-1 at the City Gerund by Nottingham Forest and the referee was simply embarrassing in the many mistakes he made tonight and most of them were dead against Newcastle. When you award two dodgy penalties in the first half and send off two [.

Rafa Furious With Lansbury’s Play Acting – Calls For FA Action

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Rafa Benitez was furious on the sidelines during the game and also when he talked to Sky Sports after the game and he was particularly displeased with Henri Lansbury that's the guy who falls down in the penalty box if you breathe on him. But the FA have to do something about these players [...]

Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player In Tragic Loss?

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It was a crazy game tonight at the City Ground but the bottom line is that we lost our 3rd game in a row in just six games and our second successive league defeat. Rafa said things can change quickly in the Championship and he';s right and we could be second top of the league [...]

9 Man Newcastle Lose 2-1 In Controversial Game

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Newcastle lost their third game in sixdays tonight to cap off a terrible week. It was a crazy game at the City Ground with some bizarre refereeing with Newcastle going down to 9 men by half time with Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett getting their marching orders after giving away penalties. And Karl Darlow had [.

Darlow, Yedlin, Dummett And Perez All Start

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Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the difficult game at Nottingham Forest tonight at the City Ground and it's a strong side with four changes made from the side that started at Hull City on Tuesday night. TEAM NEWS: Here is how Newcastle United will line up against @NFFC this evening. #NUFC pic.

Two Players For January – But They Will Not Come Cheap

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When you look at some of the potential weaknesses of Newcastle's current side there are two areasthat stand out. One is the lack of creativity and flairincentral midfield and the other is we don't take all of our chances and that's led to the loss of points in the Championship and specifically on Tuesday night [.

Rafa’s Review Of Tonight’s Game – What’s Needed To Win

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Rafa Benitez has talked to the local press ahead of tonight's game at the City Ground where it will be important to get back on the winning track. We have lost the last two games and it's still painful to lose and it was two games we thought we could win. But that's now past [...]

Rafa GIves Injury Update Ahead Of Forest Game

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During his press conference yesterday for the game tonight at the City Ground Rafa, coughed a few times and it seems he has picked up a bit of a cold. As we mentioned yesterday in our team selection for the game, Cheick Tiote could be a surprise starter tonight with Jack Colback still out with [...]

This Player Seems To Be Transformed This Season

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Just like Rafa Benitez seemed to be able to get the best out of Moussa Sissoko last season and Moussa has always been a challenge he also seems to have solved the problem of the inconsistency of Jonjo Shelvey. Jonjo, after a poor first few games of the season has come through big [...]

Alan Pardew In Dire Straights At Crystal Palace

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As we found out at Newcastle Alan Pardew has streaks he wins a number of games in a row and then he can just as easily lose a number of games in a row. And that incredible last 25 minutes of the game at Swansea on Saturday, when 7 goals were scored, saw Crystal [...]

Sky Sports Pundit Predicts Surprising Newcastle Result Tonight

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David Prutton played for Nottingham Forest back in 1998-2003 and he is now a pundit for Sky Sports for the Football League. David thinks that Newcastle will not have it all their own way at the City Ground tonight and he is predicting an odd result a high scoring draw. It's odd becausewe have [..

Rafa Benitez On What He’s Learning About The Championship

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When we were relegated in May the pundits and the experts said the Championship isa lot tougher now than it was seven years ago when we were last down in England's second division and Newcastle would therefore find it a lot tougher. You know the usual stuff. It's not clear whether the teams are [..

The Very Latest On Ian Cathro’s Situation

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The Daily Record is reporting today that Heart of Midlothian will likely make their move for Newcastle's assistant coach Ian Cathro over the weekend. Coaches Jon Daly and Andy Kirk will be in charge of the team at Ross County tomorrow afternoon, so Ian will not be moving to the Scottish club today. It's not [.

Is This Newcastle’s Team For Crucial Game At The City Ground?

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We think Rafa will want to play quite a few of the playershe started on Tuesday night at Hull for the game tomorrow night at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest. In his press conference today for the game, the Newcastle manager admitted he will have to make a few changes how many he [...]

Newcastle Can Beat Premier League Club To This Top Target

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The Guardian reported yesterday that West Ham are preparing a January bid of £25M for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson a player we have been linked strongly with these last couple of weeks. It would be an understatement to say that ItalianInternational striker Simeone Zaza has been a bust on loan at the Hammers this [.

Rafa Speaks In Glowing Terms Of Newcastle Coach

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Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is expected to be appointed as the new MK Dons manager maybe later today. The favorite to take over at Hearts is Newcastle's 30 year-old assistant coach Ian Cathro and the word is that Newcastle will not stand in his way if he gets the job and wants to take on [...]

Newcastle Have One Player In EFL Cup Team Of The Round

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Newcastle United managed to get one player in the team of the round for the 5th round of the EFL Cup that took place on Tuesday night and last night. Captain Jamaal Lascelles made the team with another competent performance at the back for Newcastle. Hull has two players in the team and it's hardly [.

Newcastle Are Best Team In Division With A Great Manager

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52 year-old Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier has given his press conference for the game against Newcastle tomorrow night and he has spoken about Newcastle being a good team and the best in the Championship. Well we'll see how we do tomorrow night against an in-form Forest side who know how to score goals.

Rafa’s Press Conference – We Have To Get Back To Good Habits

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Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the tough game at Nottingham Forest tomorrow night in the Championship. We have managed to lose our last two games after winning nine in a row. We played badly at home to Blackburn last Saturday and when we played well in the EFL 5th round at [.

Can Newcastle Get Back On Track By Beating Nottingham Forest?

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It's been a bad week for Newcastle so far after we lost to 3rd bottom Blackburn Rovers in front of 52,000 fans last Saturday with a weakened team. And then when we were essentially at full strength on Tuesday night and had most of the play and most of the chances we were beaten in [...]

These Two Players Have Been Great Acquisitions For Newcastle

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Newcastle have lost two games in a row much like we started the season when we lost our first two league games to Fulham and Huddersfield. This time we were beaten 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers and we played poorly and then we were really unlucky not to beat Hull City when we played a [...]

Newcastle Continue To Track Creative Young Midfielder

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One area of the Newcastle team where we need to strengthen is in central midfield and if you take Jonjo Shelvey out ofthe team, then we don't seem to have many creative players who can replace him. If Jonjo does not win his appeal against the FA misconduct charge in about three weeks time, he [...]

Will Former Top Assistant Now Join Rafa At Newcastle?

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It's looking like Ian Cathro is keen to take the job at Hearts with current manager Robbie Neilson expected to become the new MK Dons manager before Saturday. Hearts beat Rangers 2-0 at home last night and move into second place in the Scottish Premier League and above Rangers on goal difference. This would seem [.

Forest Game Could Be Another Banana Skin For Newcastle

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One of Newcastle's best buys last summer was 21 year-old IsaacHayden for £2.5M from Arsenal and not only is this lad a terrific footballer in the making but his attitude and temperament are simply first class; it's great to have him at the club. Isaac played in the last two games both defeats [...