ARCHIVE NEWS - JANUARY 2010
31st January 2010 - Geremi Offloaded
Cameroon international Geremi has completed a move to Turkish side Ankaragucu. Geremi was signed in the summer of 2007 by then manager Sam Allardyce. The midfielder was under contract at St. James' Park until this summer but hasn't made a first team appearance since our defeat at Scunthorpe United back in October 2009.
Chris Hughton: "We did not want to get rid of anybody but it was different with Geremi as he has not appeared in too many games."
An acrobatic attempt on goal from Nile Ranger at Leicester
30th January 2010 - Leicester City 0 Newcastle United 0
Championship - Walker's Stadium, Leicester - 3.00pm

Team
: Harper, Van Aanholt, Williamson, Coloccini, R Taylor, Guthrie, Smith (Ranger 62), Butt, Routledge, Nolan (Pancrate 75), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Hall, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez, Kadar.
Attendance: 29,067
Chris Hughton: "I decided to make sure we were very solid through the middle of the park. We had Kevin Nolan playing off the front man - a position where he’s scored a lot of goals this season. With them down to 10 for so long, there’s disappointment that we didn’t capitalise. They got more from each player with 10, and with the pace they’ve got up front were able to pose problems on the counter attack. If we had got the early goal, things would have been easier, but the longer it goes on you know they are going to make it tougher."
30th January 2010 - Injury Situation
Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique and Shola Ameobi will all miss the match with Leicester City tonight. Long term absentee Joey Barton is set to return to training next week.
Chris Hughton: "We're assessing Steven Taylor. He doesn't need an operation but he will be out for a good period. Enrique has a hamstring injury. We're hoping it's not as bad as we first thought. But it still looks like he will be out for a period of weeks. Shola and Danny Simpson won't be at Leicester but will be back for Cardiff."
"I know the supporters appreciate attacking football."
29th January 2010 - Wayne Routledge On His Move
New signing Wayne Routledge has the potential to offer the kind of offensive options that will excite Newcastle supporters. Fans will recall his impressive performance when Queens Park Rangers came to St James’ Park earlier this season.
An excited Wayne has been speaking about his move to Newcastle: "This is a fresh start for me and a huge opportunity at a massive club. I’m excited and this is the perfect place to put down roots. I’d have been mad to turn it down. I’ve signed for three and a half years and I intend to see that out and be a Premier League player with Newcastle by the start of next season."
"Newcastle came in really late and I had spoken to other clubs. No offence to them but as soon as I knew Newcastle were in for me, my mind was made up. I was excited the minute I heard their name mentioned. That sort of reaction convinces you that the move is right."
"One of the big people that I know who has a Newcastle link is Jermaine Jenas. He talked about it with the highest respect and said it was a great club and a brilliant place to play your football. Of course I know a bit about Newcastle United anyway, everyone who knows football knows about this club."
"I hope I can be the kind of player who gets the fans off their seats. I know the supporters appreciate attacking football from the Kevin Keegan days and I am a player who likes going at defences with the ball at my feet. I like to create goals and score goals and with the attacking options that this squad has got, I can’t wait to get out there."
"There’s some frightening talent in the squad. The quality is definitely there to get us out of the Championship. I have joined a proper club that gets huge crowds. It is a mad football town which I know from playing here for other clubs. In my mind I have joined a Premier League club playing in the Championship. The potential is frightening."
29th January 2010 - Defensive Pair Sign On Loan
A double loan swoop this morning saw the arrival of defenders Fitz Hall from Queens Park Rangers and Patrick Van Aanholt from Chelsea.
Fitz Hall is a 29 year old central defender and signs on for the remainder of the season. He takes the number 5 shirt. Chris Hughton: "Fitz is a player we have known about for a long time and is very experienced. He is very good on the ground and has got good pace. He's also a big, strong lad and I'm very pleased that we have him until the end of the season."
Dutch born left back Patrick Van Aanholt has signed on an initial one month loan and takes the number 14 shirt. Chris Hughton: "I've heard a lot of good things about him and is a player who is very highly thought of at Chelsea. The move was a reaction to the situation with Jose Enrique's injury. He will give us energy and it's a good chance to have a look at him over the next month."
28th January 2010 - Mike Williamson Update
Newcastle have now completed the permanent transfer of Mike Williamson on a three and a half year deal. An emergency loan arrangement had enabled the defender to make his debut against Crystal Palace last night. After putting the finishing touches to his transfer this morning he said: "I'm delighted to get my move all sorted now and just can't wait for the next game at Leicester."
Taking the lead from a Crystal Palace own goal
27th January 2010 - Newcastle United 2 Crystal Palace 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm

Team
: Harper, Enrique (Pancrate 25), Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Guthrie, Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (Ranger 73), Carroll, Lovenkrands (Routledge 62) - Subs not used: Krul, Butt, Tozer, Donaldson.
Scorers: Derry (20 og), Ranger (90) - Attendance: 37,886
Chris Hughton: "The win was more important than the margin of victory and Palace made it a very tough evening for us. There were aspects of our performance which could have been better, the final ball and so on, but Palace are a good side and were never going to roll over. It was one we had to grind out and we can expect a few more before the season finishes. After we got the goal we always needed a second to secure it and it would have been much better for the nerves if we’d got it a lot earlier."
27th January 2010 - Mike Williamson Signing Confirmed
Newcastle have this afternoon signed Portsmouth central defender Mike Williamson by means of an emergency loan arrangement. The 26 year old will go straight into the squad to face Crystal Palace this evening. He will be allocated the number 6 shirt.
Mike said: "This is a dream move for me. I can't wait to make my debut at St James' Park. The fans here are incredible. I just want to go out and do my best for them and get on with the challenge of promotion."
26th January 2010 - Wayne Routledge Signs On
Newcastle have today completed the signing of 25 year old Wayne Routledge from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee. He has signed a three and a half year deal and will wear the number 10 jersey.
Wayne said: “Newcastle's Newcastle, everyone knows what they`re about. It feels great to be here, it’s a massive club with massive expectations, an unbelievable support and I just can’t wait to get started."
26th January 2010 - Swansea Away Live On Sky
Our Championship fixture at Swansea City on Saturday 13th February 2010 is to be shown live on Sky Sports. Originally scheduled for a 3.00pm start the game will now get underway at 12.45pm.
25th January 2010 - Forster In Fine Form
Our highly rated 21 year old goalkeeper Fraser Forster, currently on a season long loan with Norwich City was in top form again at the weekend. Forster kept his 14th clean sheet in 25 appearances with a series of quality saves which played a vital part in helping secure a home win against Brentford. The youngster remains a man in demand despite United manager Chris Hughton stating his promising shot stopper is not for sale.
Fraser says: It's always nice to be talked about with other clubs. It's nice just to play week in, week out. It's something I've never really done before and once you get in the team you just want to stay there. I want to kick on and make it at Newcastle and I've got a long term contract there. I'm just playing games here and getting experience. I'll be going back and hopefully pushing for the number one but it's not easy when there is Steve Harper there as well."
Frustration with an inconsistent refereeing performance
23rd January 2010 - West Bromwich Albion 4 Newcastle United 2
FA Cup 4th Round - The Hawthorns, Birmingham - 3.00pm

Team
: Krul, R Taylor, Enrique, Smith, Coloccini, Kadar, Pancrate (Ameobi 46 / Ranger 79), Guthrie (Donaldson 81), Carroll, Nolan, Gutierrez - Subs not used: Harper, Tozer, LuaLua, Ferguson - Sent off: R Taylor.
Scorer: Carroll (62, 91) - Attendance: 16,102
Chris Hughton: "It is normal at the end of the game when you think that decisions have wrongly gone against you that some of the anger and frustrations come out. The first goal, I can't for the life of me see how a linesman can rule that over the line and of course there is the fact he has given two penalties against us. I thought the first penalty we conceded was a soft one and if the referee is going to give a soft penalty like that he has to give the two penalties that were against Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi. Losing is a setback. We wanted to make progress in the cup but it wasn't to be and we now have to go on to our main objective, which is promotion."
20th January 2010 - Permanent Deal For Danny
Following a successful loan spell Danny Simpson has now joined us on a permanent deal. He signs from Manchester United on a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Danny said: "I’m absolutely delighted. I’ve wanted this move since I walked in the door back in August. To secure my future here is all I’ve ever wanted. It would have been awful having to watch the lads on TV for the rest of the season having been part of it, so I’m delighted that’s not the case.”
Manager Chris Hughton said: "We're delighted to complete a deal for Danny. He's a player who has been with us since the summer and has played a key role during the first half of the season. He was always a player we wanted to keep at the club and he was very keen to stay given how much he's enjoyed being here."
19th January 2010 - Puma Unveiled As New Kit Supplier
Newcastle have signed a two year deal with Puma to supply all of the club’s team kit and training equipment as well as replica shirts. The agreement will run from the start of the 2010/11 season.
Andy Carroll outjumps his West Bromwich opponent
18th January 2010 - Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 2
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm

Team
: Harper, Simpson (R Taylor 85), S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie, Smith, Nolan, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Ameobi (Carroll 78) - Subs not used: Krul, Pancrate, Butt, Kadar, Ranger.
Scorers: Guthrie (25), Lovenkrands (54) - Attendance: 39,291
Chris Hughton: "It was a home game and it was a game we wanted to win, but probably it was equally important that we didn't lose the game. That still puts us in a position we would have been delighted at any stage this season to be in, and for us, it is about getting back to winning ways. When you’ve got a support like our’s, they want to see us winning. The game was certainly entertaining enough to lift everybody. They’re a very good side. They’ve only lost once away from home and they’ve got a lot of quality. It could have gone either way but, overall, I think it was a fair result."
18th January 2010 - New Sponsorship Deal Secured
A new shirt sponsorship agreement with Northern Rock plc has been secured. The new bank formed following the successful restructure of Northern Rock, the club's current sponsor. The deal has a maximum sponsorship potential of £10 million over four years, and will take effect from the end of the season, when the current agreement with Northern Rock expires. The deal ensures the Magpies will continue to carry Northern Rock's branding until the end of the 2013/14 season.
Derek Llambias, managing director said: "We are naturally absolutely delighted to have signed a new deal with Northern Rock plc and to have their logo adorn one of the most famous and iconic jerseys in world football from the start of the 2010/11 season. Newcastle United's aim is to return to the Premier League next season and we believe that collaboration will help both companies achieve our respective goals in the local, national and international marketplace."
17th January 2010 - Steven Taylor: Newcastle Are Thriving
According to Steven Taylor Newcastle are thriving under the radical dressing room approach of Chris Hughton. First teamers are encouraged to voice their views on managerial decisions with a players' committee comprising Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith, transmitting opinions to Hughton. Not that the players are in any way isolated from a manager who appreciates the importance of frequent communication with every squad member.
The young defender says: "The club's turned round, Newcastle United's changed for the better. Chris is always chatting to all of us, always explaining things, you can talk to him about anything. He's a real players' manager who has had nowhere near the praise he deserves."
"One of the reasons we're successful is that we're being honest with each other now. In the past some lads got upset about things but kept their feelings back and then didn't perform on the pitch. It caused rivalries, but this season, under Chris, it's been great because we've been encouraged to talk about things as a team."
"There were players in the past here who didn't give their all."
Relegation purged Newcastle of individuals who joined the club primarily for the generous wages which were on offer.
"The lads here always sat around in three groups: foreign, young and older. But that doesn't happen anymore, we all just mix in. There were players in the past here who didn't give their all. But now we all definitely feel a sense of responsibility for what happened last season. We want to fight for each other, if someone gets tackled we'll help them out."
"In the past silly things were always going on but we don't have those problems anymore, probably because certain people aren't here. And we've got what this club always needed, players who really want to play for it."
14th January 2010 - Reading Rearranged
Our postponed league meeting with Reading at the Madejski Stadium has been rearranged for Tuesday 23rd February with an 8.00pm kick-off. Should either side progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup and be involved in a replay the fixture will have to be rescheduled again. Any 5th round replays are due to be played the week commencing 22nd February.
14th January 2010 - March Fixtures On Sky TV
Our league match at Bristol City on Saturday 20th March is to be shown live on Sky TV. There is no change to the date but the kick-off has been moved from 3.00pm to 5.20pm. Additionally, Sky will broadcast our home Championship clash with Nottingham Forest. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday 27th March but will now be played on Monday March 29th with a 7.45pm start.
13th January 2010 - Council Backing For Supporters' Trust
Newcastle City Council tonight passed a motion backing the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust. The motion was given unanimous backing by all councillors after having been proposed by council leader John Shipley and seconded by opposition leader Nick Forbes,
The motion read: “This council notes continuing uncertainty over the long-term ownership and future of Newcastle United Football Club. The council recognises the special place of Newcastle United in our local community and the feeling of supporters for the name St James’ Park. The council believes it is important that a stable future for the club is established as soon as possible. The council resolves to support the principle of supporter involvement in the ownership of football clubs and the aims of the newly formed Newcastle United Supporters Trust which are: To strengthen the bonds and dialogue between Newcastle United and its supporters. To encourage Newcastle United to take proper account of the interests of its supporters and the community it serves in its decisions and to honour the contribution made to the club by the community.”
Councillor Forbes said: "The club wouldn’t exist without its fans and they shouldn’t be treated as a cash cow to generate profits for an absentee owner. Greater engagement of fans would be good for the club and good for the spirit of football."
Deputy leader David Faulkner said: "Everyone feels the time has now come for long term changes in structures of ownership and influence at football clubs and we would very much like to see that happen at Newcastle United."
Three goal hero Peter Lovenkrands salutes the crowd
13th January 2010 - Newcastle United 3 Plymouth Argyle 0
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm

Team
: Krul, R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Pancrate (Guthrie 70), Nolan, Butt (Ranger 75), Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Donaldson 88) - Subs not used: Harper, Ameobi, Tozer, Ferguson.
Scorer: Lovenkrands (10, 40, 72) - Attendance: 15,805
Chris Hughton: "I’m well aware of what Peter can do. He offers us something different from the other strikers at the club. He plays on the shoulder of the defenders and looks to get in behind them. Some of the link up play between Peter and Jonas was terrific. The objectives were to win the game. If it was possible to do that with a good performance, then even better, and even better still if we came through unscathed with no injuries. All three of those, we have managed to do."
7th January 2010 - Reading Match Off
Our away Championship fixture against Reading this coming Saturday has been postponed. With considerable snow and ice in and around the Madejski Stadium our hosts were forced to postpone the game on safety grounds. Tickets from Saturday will be valid for the rearranged fixture.
5th January 2010 - Transfer Window Speculation
An encouraging start to the January transfer window if information from media sources proves to be accurate. It is being widely reported that Newcastle have submitted written offers to Leeds United for forward Jermaine Beckford and to Sheffield United for defender Matthew Kilgallon.
4th January 2010 - Plymouth Replay Confirmation
Our FA Cup 3rd Round Replay against Plymouth Argyle at St. James' Park is now confirmed as a 7.45pm kick-off on Wednesday 13th January 2010.
3rd January 2010 - FA Cup Fourth Round Draw
The winners of the Newcastle United versus Plymouth Argyle 3rd Round Replay will travel to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the 4th round of the FA Cup. The tie is due to be played over the weekend of 23rd January. If Newcastle beat Plymouth we will meet West Brom twice in a week as we are already scheduled to meet in a Championship fixture at St. James' Park on Monday 18th January 2010.
Danny Guthrie shoots for goal against Plymouth Argyle
2nd January 2010 - Plymouth Argyle 0 Newcastle United 0
FA Cup 3rd Round - Home Park, Plymouth - 3.00pm

Team
: Krul, Simpson, Kadar, Coloccini, R Taylor, Pancrate (Lovenkrands 79), Butt, Smith (Gutierrez 71), Guthrie, Ameobi, Ranger (Carroll 68) - Subs not used: Harper, Enrique, Tozer, Donaldson.
Attendance: 16,451
Chris Hughton: "The changes I made had no adverse affect. We have a squad which we've got to use. The side we put out was very much an indication that we wanted to win the game. I've got a group of players who all wanted to play today. The league is the biggest priority, but as soon as the Cup comes around, excitement builds up. It's a cup we want to stay in. I thought that, overall, we deserved to win. For large periods of the game, we were in control. But the area we needed more fortune in was the final third, and in turning the positions we had into good goals opportunities."