26th May 2010 - Start Time Brought Forward
Kick-off time for our pre-season friendly match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Saturday 17th July 2010 has been brought forward by two hours on police advice. The match will now get underway at 1.00pm.
22nd May 2010 - A Local Lad With The Club At Heart
Steven Taylor was one of the players who refused to give up on Newcastle United following the clubs relegation a year ago. The whole hearted defender was adamant he wanted to remain at St. James' Park and help ensure the return of his boyhood idols to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Having regularly produced a high standard of performance in the first half of the clubs Championship campaign he picked up a bad knee injury playing against West Brom in January. The injury resulted in him being sidelined for the entire second half of the season.
Whilst working to regain his fitness, reports of an alleged training ground incident with striker Andy Carroll began to surface. Any problem that did exist between the two would seem to be in the past as they stood side by side when the Championship trophy was lifted earlier this month.
Chris Hughton: "He's still regarded as a very good young player for this club. Everybody here is aware of the talent he's got. He's a local lad with the club at heart. It's been frustrating for him. The lad has been unfortunate and picked up a bad injury. You can't forget the big part he played before he was injured. He will come back fit and fresh for next season."
Sad to be missing out on the World Cup this summer
20th May 2010 - Jonas In Fabricio Out
Argentina have announced their final 23 man squad for the forthcoming World Cup Finals. A provisional squad of 30 was announced earlier this month which included Newcastle stars Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini. Jonas has made the cut and will travel to South Africa this summer. Unfortunately Fabricio has not been included in the final party.
Fabricio Coloccini: "Decisions of the coach must be respected. Like any player would be I’m sad. The people around me say that I should be calm. I'm still young and I can return to play in the World Cup. Looking beyond this difficult moment I will be Argentina's number one fan. I hope they will come home champions. I give all my support to these players to take Argentina to the top of the world."
19th May 2010 - Xisco Loan Spell Ends
Our former Spanish Under 21 international striker Xisco has now completed his loan spell with Primera Liga side Racing Santander.
Chris Hughton: "He’s our player again because the Spanish season has finished. Xisco has shown his desire to go back to Spain on a permanent basis. I think he’d like to stay at Racing Santander. It hasn’t really worked for him here. We will talk to Xisco and Racing Santander and look at the options. If nothing is sorted out he will return to us for pre-season."
Xisco was signed by the club on a five year contract without the consent of then manager Kevin Keegan.
17th May 2010 - Comfortable And Confident
Chris Hughton has been out and about taking in games as he looks to strengthen the first team squad for next season: "I’ve managed to get to a few games. We’re aware of what we have to do to the squad, the areas we need to strengthen, the cover we need. I don’t see wholesale changes. We need to keep the spirit and enthusiasm we had last season. That is one of the most important things."
Chris also confirmed he is comfortable with what he has been told by the club hierarchy following the release of the recent club statement: "From what I’ve been told I’m very confident we will be able to make additions. I’m aware of where the club is financially. We are in the same position as a lot of clubs. I have been talking to other coaches and managers and taking a lot of calls from agents. We are doing a lot of work behind the scenes but I don’t think anything will happen until late June or maybe even July."
Rangers fan Alan Smith is desperate to play at Ibrox
16th May 2010 - Ibrox Bound
Newcastle will travel north of the border to face Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Stadium in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 7th August 2010.
Peter Lovenkrands: "I've been back for games but this is the first time to play again. It'll be good to go back and see some old friends. I was praying it would happen. We're all really excited about it. Especially Alan Smith, a big Rangers fan. He is desperate to play at Ibrox. Our fans are also happy about going up to Glasgow and I'm sure they'll enjoy the occasion as well."
15th May 2010 - Strength And Unity Has To Continue
Alan Smith insists the amazing team spirit which saw the club win the Championship will be needed next season in the Premiership.
Alan Smith: "I’ve loved the season in the Championship. It's been one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever had. I’m sure the fans enjoyed the season as much. They’ve had a lot of good results to celebrate. We have to realise next season is going to be very different."
"It’s going to be tough. Everyone wants to play against the best players and test themselves. We're not going to win every week but when we have setbacks we have to stick together. We have to remember the things that got us into the Premier League. We have found a lot of strength and unity and that has to continue. We’ve got good characters and good togetherness."
12th May 2010 - Toon Duo In Argentine Squad
Argentina have listed Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini in their provisional 30 man squad for the World Cup in South Africa this summer.
Chris Hughton: "I was delighted when I heard. They are very good players and have both had outstanding seasons for us. They will be going into the tournament full of confidence. I would be delighted to see them both make the final squad. They deserve to do so."
11th May 2010 - Club Statement
In relation to recent media speculation following the statement made by the Club on May 9, Newcastle United would like to make it clear that owner Mike Ashley is not looking for his interest free loan to be repaid, or to take any money out of the Club.
11th May 2010 - Championship Manager Of The Year
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been named the League Manager’s Association Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Year.
Chris Hughton: “I am honored to be recognised by the LMA and I accept the award on behalf of everyone at the football club. With this being a managerial prize I think special mention should go to Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron. Colin and Paul have offered me tremendous support throughout the year."
"We have a terrific backroom team who also deserve special mention. The players will also tell you that it is about the backroom staff and the support staff behind the scenes. Awards such as this recognise that team effort. "
Sending out a clear message to all branches of the media
9th May 2010 - Club Statement
The Board of Newcastle United Football Club whilst celebrating winning the Football League Championship 2009-2010 are aware that the next season in the Barclays Premier League presents a challenge to all at the Club. The Board recognises that one of the greater elements of this challenge is to promote stability throughout the organisation. This great club has not won a major trophy since the 1969 victory in the European Fairs Cup. The first challenge is to maintain Premier League status.
Given the situation, and the fact that Newcastle United have continually been misrepresented by the national media over the past decade, the club now feels that it is the correct time to send a clear message to its magnificent supporters who have kept faith with the club over the past forty years and also to send out a clear message to all branches of the media about the club's plans for the next five years both on and off the field of play.
The Club presented its financial report to Companies House this April for the year 2008/2009. The financial report shows that there was an operating loss of £37.7 million for that year and an estimated loss for 2009/2010 of £32.5 million. Newcastle United also has an overdraft of £20 million that is fully committed. It is clear to the Board that no organisation can be successful, until the financial position is stabilised.
The Board have therefore structured a five year plan in which the ultimate goal will be to ensure that the club is run at a "break even" manner by the year 2015/2016. The club also wishes it to be known; in an effort to stop the untrue rumours and stories that emanate from outside Newcastle United that:
The Board have set a five year plan to promote core values of credibility, viability and sustainability both on and off the field of play at Newcastle United.
The Board will concentrate on Newcastle United's stability by promoting from within where possible.
(a) Manager: Chris Hughton is the Manager of Newcastle United Football Club and has a contract in place until the end of the 2010/2011 season.
All media articles and interviews regarding footballing matters will come through the Newcastle United Media Officer, and be answered by the Manager and/or coaching staff with the Manager's authority. The Manager can give interviews in respect of footballing issues and any other sporting issues that the press may be interested in around Newcastle United Football Club.
No interviews will be given by any members of the Board in respect of any footballing issues.
(b) Players: The first team squad that won the Championship this year will form the basis of the team for next season in the Premier League. There is no plan for new capital outlay on players.
The only individuals who will talk about player issues will be those connected with the football administration of the Club i.e. the Manager/Assistant Manager by way of either direct interview or through prepared statements via Newcastle United Football Club's Media Officer.
There will be no comment from the Board regarding the purchase of players.
There will be no comment from the Board regarding the sale of players.
There will be no comment from the Board regarding ongoing contract talks with players presently at Newcastle United Football Club or with those that the club may enter into negotiation with.
There will be no comment from the Board regarding current pay structures at Newcastle United.
There will be no comment from the Board regarding players at other clubs in respect of their "interest" at playing for Newcastle United.
There will be no comment from the Board to players' agents regarding any of the above whether those agents are acting for their clients in a buying or selling capacity.
Player Agents
(a) Buying Agents:
The Board will not make any comment to the media regarding any players that they are seeking to purchase. The Board will deal with agents on their fixed terms of business and part of those terms will include clauses relating to privacy.
(b) Selling Agents: The Board will not comment to the media regarding any players being sold by Newcastle United and the Board will deal with agents on the usual terms of business including explicit terms of privacy.
A footballing academy brimming with talent, skill and dedication
Promoting Regional Football
The Board and supporters are aware that Newcastle United currently has a footballing academy brimming with talent, skill and dedication. As part of Newcastle United's quest for a team that truly represents the values of the Geordie nation the club will look to promote, where it can, from within and for the academy to become a leading light as one of the best if not the best in the UK.
The days when players such as Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick had to leave Newcastle to begin their illustrious football careers elsewhere are over. Newcastle United is more than aware of the great passion for the game of football that exists locally and is intent on ensuring that every great Geordie footballer has the opportunity to play for his home team club.
The Board at Newcastle United wish to reiterate the points made above that there will not be at any stage in the future any comments coming from the Board regarding any issues surrounding Newcastle United save for prepared statements that are issued by the Newcastle United Media Officer.
Once again, for the sake of clarity, this does not affect the Manager and coaching staff talking to the press/media about footballing matters on an everyday basis. The Board are being absolutely transparent in respect of this policy and would ask that the press/media direct any future questions that they may have regarding Newcastle United to our media officer.
The Future
In simple terms this is a transparent policy that will feed through and inform all aspects of the running of Newcastle United Football Club's first team. There will be no comments from any member of Newcastle United's Board in the future regarding any issues surrounding Newcastle United to the press/media at large.
The only persons dealing with such information to the media will be, as has been stated before, the Manager/coaching staff talking about footballing matters and issues or from prepared statements from Newcastle United's Media Officer.
The Board at Newcastle United have issued this statement to the public to set out clearly to one and all the current financial situation and to state clearly that every effort will be made by the Board to achieve a "break even" financial situation by 2015.
Newcastle United Football Club is an organisation that holds a special place in the hearts of Geordies worldwide and the Board understands that it is they who are the spiritual torch holders of Newcastle United Football Club.
The Board has made this statement so that all those involved with Newcastle United be they supporter, member of the media or an individual with an interest in football can be aware of what the Board will strive to achieve over the next five years.
7th May 2010 - Tim Krul To Stay Patient
With just over a year remaining on his current deal, young goalkeeper Tim Krul has his sights firmly set on extending his stay at St. James' Park.
On appearances: "I haven’t played many league games but the gaffer gave me all the cup games. It’s what he promised me. I’ve been patient and I’m willing to stay patient. I’ve improved physically and mentally. You have to be mentally strong to sit on the bench. It’s been a good season. I’ve learnt a lot."
On his future: "I hope I can stay because I love Newcastle. I’ve got a year left but the club has to tell me they want to keep me. I’m really happy at the moment. Hopefully I can get more games, because for me, it’s the most important thing. It’s a different feeling if you play every week. The feeling I had out there at QPR was just great. There’s nothing I love more.”
"I can still do it in the Premier League."
6th May 2010 - Ready To Deliver
Wayne Routledge hasn’t looked back since signing for Newcastle in the January transfer window. Having become an immediate favourite with the fans, a confident Wayne is looking to impress in the Premier League next season.
He said: "I’ve been given the chance at Newcastle. This is my chance to show I can still do it in the Premier. I’ve always been confident that I could deliver."
"I want to show my appreciation to the staff and fans by going out and doing it on the pitch. This is the best club I’ve ever been at. The buzz you get out of playing in front of 52,000 fans is just something you don’t get at most other clubs. Now we are back in the Premier League it’s going to be even better."
6th May 2010 - Norwich City Friendly Announced
Newcastle will travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 24th July 2010. Kick-off 3.00pm.
6th May 2010 - The Heart Of The City
Chris Hughton: "The fact the stadium is bang in the centre of the city says everything about what this club means. It is central to everything. It dominates the skyline. It is there looking over the city."
"When you think of Newcastle as a city you immediately think of the football club. There aren’t many places like that in the world, let alone England. A big part of city life is the football club. That is what makes it so special."
"People who aren’t interested in football know what is happening at Newcastle United. It is the focal point of the city. The fans want to see a winning team. They want to see a team giving everything it can to win. If you show that passion for the team they will take you to their heart."
5th May 2010 - Fabrice Signs Off
Fabrice Pancrate has confirmed that he will not be returning to play for Newcastle next season. The club have decided against taking up the option of extending his contract for another year. The French winger said: "This is the best club that I've played for. I'm really disappointed not to be a Newcastle player next year. I thought the fans were the best and it was a great feeling to play in front of them. I didn't want to leave the club, I loved it."
A Peter Lovenkrands strike secures the points at QPR
2nd May 2010 - Queens Park Rangers 0 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Loftus Road, London - 1.00pm
Team: Krul, R Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Routledge, Smith, Guthrie (Vuckic 79), Barton, Ameobi (Carroll 79), Best (Lovenkrands 54) - Subs not used: Harper, Nolan, Pancrate, Donaldson.
Scorers: Lovenkrands (71) - Attendance: 16,819
Chris Hughton: "It was a nice way to end the season. We wanted to win the game. We've already won the league, so I was delighted with the way the lads applied themselves and showed a real desire to win. I could see how much the lads wanted it and that was very pleasing."
"It wasn’t one of our better performances. We rode our luck in the first half. But we’ve always got something in the locker. When we’ve needed to get a goal we have got one and that has been part of the story of our season. It was important to give it our best shot for the fans who again came in their thousands and were magnificent."
On Tim Krul: "Tim has taken over from where Harps has been all season. He pulled out some big saves today. He showed that he is a quality player. He is an ambitious lad and we rate him highly.”
1st May 2010 - Manager Of The Month
Chris Hughton has been named the Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month for April. Chairman of the Awards panel Alan Curbishley said: "Chris Hughton deserves special praise for the way in which he has masterminded another superb month for the Magpies. Their unbeaten run in April capped a fine season and culminated in them lifting the Championship title and with it a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking."
Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month
As we prepare for our return to the Premiership, Chris has been talking about some of the choices and decisions that he will have to make over the summer.
On the goalkeepers: "Steve Harper has had a fantastic season but we also have two excellent young goalkeepers in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster. Fraser has had an excellent season at Norwich. We rate him very, very highly. We are very fortunate in that department. Tim and Fraser are still developing. We rate them both. We want to keep them both, that’s for sure."
On Andy Carroll: "If he asked for the number nine shirt for next season it’s something that I would have to think about. I am aware of what that number means here. One thing that I am sure is that he is big and brave enough to want it. If we look at his progress this season he’s answered a lot of questions. We probably couldn’t have asked any more of him."
On the playing staff: "We have seen players develop here. Some went down a year ago but many are better players now. Players have improved, made progress and they have momentum. My responsibility will be to assess the players we have. I have to decide where to strengthen and bring in cover. I don't expect anyone to leave this club. The players have worked very hard to get us in the top division so they can be part of it."
"We have a lot of good young players who you would like to think will continue to develop at this football club. We will be looking at starting new contract talks over the summer with Steven Taylor and there is no reason why he and Andy Carroll cannot play in the same team. I expect both of them to be here next season. It is good to have local lads playing for the club. We have four or five in the first team squad who grew up as Newcastle fans. That’s unusual."