31st March 2009 - Shearer Back In Toon?
Sky Sports News were tonight reporting that Alan Shearer is to be appointed Newcastle United first team manager for the remaining eight games of the season. Late night reports then had Sky stating that the story had been confirmed and Shearer would be presented to the media on Thursday.
The BBC are also running with this story but as of midnight there has been no confirmation on the official club website.
Alan Shearer to take charge for last eight games?
30th March 2009 - Reserve Clash Ends In Stalemate
The reserves drew 3-3 with Manchester United at St. James' Park tonight. The visitors opened the scoring from the penalty spot following a Cacapa handball. Xisco equalised from the spot after having been fouled in the box himself. Mark Doninger then put us in front before Macheda scored his second of the evening for Manchester United.
Danny Guthrie got our third with a nicely struck 20 yard shot before Macheda levelled again to grab his hat trick.
Team: Forster, Tavernier, Ferguson, Doninger, Lough, Cacapa (J Taylor 75), Godsmark, Guthrie, Ranger, Xisco (Danquah 60), Baheng (Adjei 81) - Subs not used: Inman, Dummett.
30th March 2009 - Administration Rumours Unfair And Unfounded
Commentating on weekend press reports that the club could sink into administration, Managing Director Derek Llambias said today: “It’s ridiculous, unfair and unfounded and it’s upsetting because there is no truth in it. We’re in a situation fighting relegation, we need everybody behind us.”
When asked what would happen if Newcastle were to be relegated, Llambias said: “We would have to restructure our own business plan, like everybody else. Our finances are strong and there would be no threat of administration. The club is not for sale and we’ve made it clear It’s not where we want to go.”
29th March 2009 - Newcastle Players Not Working Hard Enough
Nicky Butt says Newcastle United's players are "pissed off" about their Premiership position.
"I am a player. I am part of why we are where we are. It's pissed me off. We have 20 odd lads who are pissed off. We will all have different reasons as to why it has gone wrong.It's definitely in our heads. We think we're too good to be working as hard as a Hull or a Bolton. We have to work as hard as them and then our ability will kick in."
"Maybe we think we don't need to do that, that we're too good. We think: 'We've got Michael Owen, we've got Oba Martins, we've got Gutierrez, we've got Damien Duff - we've got all these great players, so we don't need to work as hard. But the fact is we do."
"I'm part of it. We're all in it together. We're going out for games and we have the thing in our head that we are much better than him, the person we're playing against. We think: 'I'm a much better player and I can take it easy today.' Everyone is part of that and we have to get rid of it."
"It's not work ethic, to be fair. They are all good lads who work hard in training and give their all. It's something inside your head. I'm no different. You think: 'I'm playing against this lad today, and I'm better.' You might think once or twice a season: 'I can take it a bit easy today' - but you can't."
Jose Enrique battles for the ball with Arsenal's Samir Nasri
27th March 2009 - Criticism Of Mike Ashley Is Way Off The Mark
An article in today's Telegraph newspaper defends club owner Mike Ashley following comments attributed to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan earlier in the week. Whelan had claimed that Ashley's regime had rendered St James' Park doomed, that Wigan manager Steve Bruce would never work for Ashley and that he had shown a lack of class by wearing a replica shirt in the boardroom.
The newspaper reports that an ally of Ashley's insists that Whelan's criticism is way off the mark and little more than a PR offensive. The pair are business rivals. Whelan is the founder of JJB Sports whilst Ashley is the founder of Sports Direct.
"Mike went in there to sort out Newcastle. It was in a bad way financially when he bought it and he has sorted out the financial side and it is going to take him time to sort out the playing side."
"It would be interesting to consider what would have happened if he had not bought it because the business side of it was clearly in financial difficulties, he has saved the club financially and clearly sorting out the football side is taking longer than sorting out the financial side."
"As for the replica shirt jibe, I think that Mike would feel that if people are going to go to football matches they should wear their football shirts if they so wish and that wearing a shirt and a tie to football matches is something that should be confined to the last century."
"Dave Whelan is going to be competing with him in the retail world again, they are old sparring partners and I suspect the he is commenting on the Newcastle business because those guys are about to re-enter competition on sports retailing.”
"Dave used to own JJB which is the principal competitor of Sports Direct which has been a lot more successful than JJB over the last ten years or so, so it is no coincidence that the timing of his comments on Mike have reminded people that he is back in the sports retailing ring."
"I hope I get banned. I'm sick of watching this."
26th March 2009 - Angry Toon Fan Fails To Get Banned
Disgruntled fan Kevin Southerton has failed to get himself banned from St James' Park after invading the pitch following a Djibril Cisse strike for Sunderland in February's derby. He told police who pursued and arrested him: "I hope I get banned. I'm sick of watching this."
Newcastle magistrates could have imposed a three-year banning order but opted instead to fine him £200. Defence solicitor Liz Dunbar said her client had acted impulsively and no longer wanted to be banned. "Clearly, that was something said in the heat of the moment when he was very upset at the performance of Newcastle United," she said.
26th March 2009 - LuaLua Loaned To Doncaster
18 year old Kazenga LuaLua has gone on a months loan to Championship side Doncaster Rovers. The younger brother of former Magpies striker Lomana, Kazenga to date, has made nine substitute appearances for Newcastle at first team level.
25th March 2009 - Calderwood On Scouting Mission
First team coach Colin Calderwood was at the Northampton versus Swindon match last night. It is reported that he was looking at 21 year old Swindon striker Simon Cox. Cox certainly didn't disappoint bagging a hat trick to take his goal tally for the season to 27.
21st March 2009 - Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 3
Premier League - St.James' Park, Newcastle - 5.30pm
Team: Harper, S Taylor (Owen 65), Coloccini, Bassong (Beye 38), Enrique, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 79), R Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Martins, Duff - Subs not used: Krul, Smith, Gutierrez, Geremi
Scorer: Martins (58) - Attendance: 49,972
Chris Hughton: "I accept it is going to be a dogfight now through to the end of the season. We are well aware of the position. We have eight games left, we need to get enough results to stay in this division and we need to get results quickly."