ARCHIVE NEWS - APRIL 2009
29th April 2009 - Sold Out On The Road
The toon army have snapped up all available tickets for the final two away fixtures of the season. The allocations for the trip to Anfield this Sunday and Aston Villa on 24th May are both completely sold out. The team will be backed by 3,000 fans at each of the two games.
27th April 2009 - Newcastle United 0 Portsmouth 0
Premier League - St.James' Park, Newcastle - 8.00pm
Team: Harper, Beye, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique (Guthrie 28), Smith, Butt (Gutierrez 71), Duff, Viduka (Carroll 64), Martins, Owen - Subs not used: Krul, Barton, Lovenkrands, Edgar
Attendance: 47,481
Alan Shearer: "It's ironic, really, the three players that I wanted up there all had one very good chance each and you would expect at least one of those to go in. The chances were there. On another night, one goes in. Everybody will write us off for Liverpool, and I understand that, but we'll go there prepared and see what happens. Whether it turns out to be a good point or a bad one, I don't know. The only thing I can guarantee is that there will be twists and turns between now and the end of the season. Four games is a long, long time. We've got two remaining home games, and we have to see what happens in those."
Obafemi Martins stretches to gain control
22nd April 2009 - New Home Kit
The club have today released details of the new home strip for the 2009/10 season. The kit can be pre-ordered now via the 'club shop' section of the official website or over the counter in any of the club stores. Official launch date is Thursday May 14th but it should be noted that any fan purchasing a jersey between now and May 17th will also receive a free stadium tour voucher.
19th April 2009 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - White Hart Lane, London - 1.30pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, S Taylor (Smith 46), Bassong, Beye, Duff, Nolan (Viduka 61), Butt, Gutierrez, Owen, Carroll (Martins 60) - Subs not used: Krul, Guthrie, Ameobi, Edgar
Attendance: 35,850
Alan Shearer: "I've said to them I'm very pleased with the second half but give me an explanation why there's no urgency like that from minute one. We have our own ideas, our own theory as to why but we have to start games in the first minute like we finish them in the last 30 minutes. I've asked them for a reaction at half-time and they gave me it. Effort wise I've got no complaints. You've seen the urgency, you've seen spark and belief that they can pass it around. I want to see that for 90 minutes. Then we'll have the chance of taking three points instead of one or none. I still believe we have got enough."
15th April 2009 - The New Regime
The introduction of a strict fitness regime by Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie is already having an effect according to the manager. Shearer was heartened to see his players finish strongly in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City last weekend as the visitors managed to take the game to their hosts in the closing stages of a tight contest.
Shearer has brought in tough new rules for the players, which include all injured players having to stay at the training ground to work on their rehabilitation until 4pm. He hopes this will ease the injury problems which have weakened the squad all season.
"There's obviously something not right because we're third bottom of the League and we've had a lot of injuries. I don't know whether its fate or the 4pm thing, but a lot of those injuries are clearing up."
"I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's been a good week, but it's all about what happens on Sunday. That's how it will be until the end of the season, get one game out of the way and then prepare for the next one."
"You're learning all the time how to deal with different problems and situations. What you say to players, and what you don't say to them, is very important. Some need a kick up the backside, or to be pushed harder than others, I'm learning that all of the time."
11th April 2009 - Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Britannia Stadium, Stoke - 5.30pm
Team: Harper, Edgar, Bassong, Beye, R Taylor, Guthrie (Gutierrez 63), Nolan, Butt, Duff, Owen, Ameobi (Carroll 70) - Subs not used: Krul, Coloccini, Smith, Geremi, Ranger
Scorer: Carroll (81) - Attendance: 27,382
Alan Shearer: "I was disappointed it was a free header to score. In the second half I thought they showed me what they had done in training during the week. They showed they can pass it, they can play, and with a little bit more confidence and belief in themselves then we will go on and get results - certainly that's the aim."
Hunger and passion are rewarded with a goal
8th April 2009 - Fixture Changes
Setanta Sports have announced live coverage of two more Toon fixtures.
The away game at Liverpool originally scheduled for Saturday 2nd May has been moved to Sunday the 3rd with a 1.30pm start. The home fixture a week later against Middlesbrough has been moved from Saturday 9th May to Monday the 11th with an 8.00pm kick off.
6th April 2009 - Carroll Hits A Double For Reserves
Andy Carroll struck in the 16th and 32nd minutes to give the reserves a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at St. James' Park tonight before a crowd of 1,457. Danny Guthrie was forced to leave the field just before half time with what looked to be a knee injury.
Team: Krul, Tavernier, Lough, Smith, Morris, Edgar, Doninger (Godsmark 60), Guthrie (Vuckic 40), Ranger, Carroll, Xisco (Danquah 50) - Subs not used: Ferguson, J Taylor
6th April 2009 - Free Entry To Club Training Session Tomorrow
Tuesday 7th April will see the club hold a public training session at St. James' Park. Entry is free for fans who want to take the opportunity to see Alan Shearer put the players through their paces. The Gallowgate, Leazes and East Stands will be open from 11.30am for an 11.50am start. The session is expected to last around 45 minutes.
5th April 2009 - Sir Bobby Robson: Shearer Is Only Hope
Sir Bobby Robson speaking in today's Mail on Sunday reckons Alan Shearer is Newcastle's 'only hope' of salvation this season.
"Newcastle United have needed a strong leader for months, if not years. The departure of Dennis Wise last week proves to me that, in Alan Shearer, they now have that man. But Saturday's performance showed just how strong Shearer will have to be in the coming weeks. This is a team on their knees, fighting for Premier League survival and a million miles from being able to take on sides like Chelsea."
"Thankfully for Newcastle, they have Shearer. He is really the club's only hope now because not only does he have the heart of a lion, he has a much shrewder football brain than many people might realise. People talk about his passion and will to win. That is all true but, most importantly of all, he has a deep knowledge of the game and the ability to impart that knowledge to the dressing room."
Kevin Nolan battles with Frank Lampard in midfield
4th April 2009 - Newcastle United 0 Chelsea 2
Premier League - St.James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Beye, Coloccini, Enrique, Gutierrez, Nolan (Guthrie 69), Butt, Lovenkrands (Duff 43), Owen, Martins (Carroll 80) - Subs not used: Forster, Smith, Geremi, Edgar
Attendance: 52,112
Alan Shearer: "I'm optimistic - I still am. I'm still confident - and my players are, which is more important - that we can avoid the drop. We've had a chat in the dressing-room and we know what's got to be done. Knowing and doing are two different things, but we will try - I promise you that."
3rd April 2009 - Gazza On Shearer
Shearer will save us.. he’s got black and white in his veins. Alan will accept nothing less than 110 per cent. If you are not doing the business in the first 45 minutes, he will take you off and put someone on who will. Alan will have the players eating with black and white knives and forks, driving black and white cars... everything will be black and white. They will know exactly who they are playing for - the black and white shirt.
I texted him and wished him luck and straight away he texted back: “Cheers mate” in a decisive way - like, “Leave it in my hands.”
It took me a long time to realise I could not play any more, and that is why I went off the rails. Now I know that just because I can’t play any more does not mean that it is not still in my blood, and I am putting things right. Just seeing Alan take over at Newcastle has given me new inspiration. There won’t be any bigger fan than me cheering him on this Saturday.
2nd April 2009 - Alan Shearer Unveiled
Alan Shearer was today unveiled as interim manager of Newcastle United, taking charge until the end of the season. Shearer will take control for the remaining eight games of the campaign while Joe Kinnear continues to recuperate from his major heart surgery.
Shearer told a press conference: "The response has been fantastic. I've gone in this morning and seen all the players, spoke to them, spoke to the staff and the training was superb. They've set a standard this morning that we want them to keep to. If they keep that standard up, keep that determination up, then I think we'll be OK, I really do. We've got a massive fight on our hands, we know that, it's a massive job to be done in very, very difficult circumstances, but we'll face it head on."
Everyone at Newcastle United is absolutely delighted
1st April 2009 - Club Statement - Alan Shearer
Newcastle United can confirm that Alan Shearer will return to the Club as manager for the final eight games of the season.
The Magpies' all-time record goalscorer takes charge of first team affairs at St. James' Park with immediate effect. Iain Dowie will assist Alan, with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood continuing in their coaching roles.
The Club have made the appointments while Joe Kinnear continues to recover at home having recently underwent heart surgery.
Managing Director Derek Llambias said: "Everyone at Newcastle United is absolutely delighted that Alan has taken on this challenge. Already there is a buzz around the Club and the city. The news has given everyone a massive boost."
Alan will hold his first training session with the squad on Thursday morning before addressing the media at St. James' Park later in the afternoon.
1st April 2009 - Club Statement - Dennis Wise
Newcastle United can today confirm that Dennis Wise has left his position as Executive Director (Football). The Club would like to take this opportunity to wish Dennis well for the future. There are no plans to appoint a replacement in this role.