ARCHIVE NEWS - JUNE 2010
22nd June 2010 - Spanish Date Confirmed
Newcastle United are heading for Spain where they play Deportivo de La Coruna at the Riazor Stadium in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 3rd August 2010. The game will kick-off at 9.00pm local time with the two sides contesting the Teresa Herrera Trophy.
Peter Lovenkrands (change) and Andy Carroll (Third)
18th June 2010 - New Change And Third Kits Unveiled
Our latest change and third strips were officially unveiled today. The new kits which are manufactured by Puma will be available to buy from Thursday 15th July. Fans can pre-order the kits via the club website or club stores.
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "We're very pleased with the new kits and we're delighted with the look and design that Puma have come up with. They have delivered two eye catching kits for the club and its supporters. I'm sure our new strips will be well received by our fans. We're also looking forward to revealing our new home kit in a few weeks."
17th June 2010 - Premiership Fixtures Announced
Our 2010/11 Premier League campaign gets underway with an away trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday 14th August. This is followed by a home fixture against Aston Villa the following Saturday.
Our first clash with Sunderland is at St. James' Park on 30th October with the return set for 15th January. The final league match of the season sees us at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 22nd May 2011.
Only four games are currently scheduled for midweek, two home and two away. We are at home to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday 10th November and West Ham United on Wednesday 5th January. Our midweek travels see us heading to London twice where we will face Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday 28th December and then Fulham on Wednesday 2nd February.
Live TV coverage of the Premiership is shared by Sky Sports and ESPN so it should be noted that fixture dates will be subject to change for television.
Chris Hughton: "We can take heart from the draw we earned at Old Trafford on the opening day of the 2008/09 season. It's a tough start for us. Villa at home the following week is another tough one to begin our home campaign. I'm pleased we have the first derby at St. James' Park and happy for our supporters we're at home on Boxing Day. It's big game after big game. That's what the Premier League is all about."
11th June 2010 - Right Back Ryan
Ryan Taylor, a fringe member of last seasons Championship winning squad, believes he can step up and show he's a Premier League player when the new campaign gets underway in August. The 25 year old can operate in defence or on the right side of midfield but sees himself primarily as a right back, despite being used mainly on the wing during his time at St. James' Park.
Ryan Taylor: "I've always said my position is at right back. I've played there a lot of my career. That's where I see myself. If the gaffer asked me to do a job in a different position, I'd be happy to do that, but I need to settle down into one position. I want to be first choice when it comes to playing. Competition for places will be even tougher next season and I'll be working even harder."
"We're hoping that he’ll be fit by the end of August."
10th June 2010 - Danny To Miss Start Of Season
Danny Simpson will miss the start of the Premier League season on August 14th. Manager Chris Hughton says he is already preparing for the first four games without the young defender who is still on crutches after an operation to repair a damaged tendon in his foot.
Chris Hughton: "Danny had a minor operation at the end of the season and will miss the first part of the season. He’ll possibly miss the first three or four games. It was a foot problem that we knew would need surgery at the end of the campaign. We're hoping that he’ll be fit by the end of August."
Danny went to see a London surgeon the day after the final match of the season and the injury turned out to be worse than first thought. Playing through the pain barrier in the last few games of the season may have had a negative impact on the tendon.
Chris continued: “Somebody that didn’t have the pain threshold of Danny would not have been able to play on. He was able to continue to do a job for us. The problem was just a bit more than what we thought it was."
10th June 2010 - New Deal Being Prepared For Steven Taylor
Newcastle are finalising the terms of a contract offer to be made to Steven Taylor and are confident that the young defender will sign the extension. Steven has 12 months remaining on his current deal.
Chris Hughton: "Work is being done at the moment on a new contract for Steven and we are hopeful he will sign it. These things do take some time. I’ve had a chat with Steven and he is someone who very much wants to stay at Newcastle United. It is important that we keep the players we want to keep. Steven is one of those. I want him to stay at the club."
7th June 2010 - PSV Coming To St. James' Park
Newcastle will face Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in a pre-season friendly at St. James' Park on Saturday 31st July 2010. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 3.00pm. Our pre-season fixtures confirmed to date now read as follows:
17/07/2010 - Carlisle United (away) - 1.00pm
24/07/2010 - Norwich City (away) - 3.00pm
31/07/2010 - PSV Eindhoven (home) - 3.00pm
07/08/2010 - Glasgow Rangers (away) - 3.00pm
4th June 2010 - Club Statement
Newcastle United can confirm that Alan Thompson has left his role with the club by mutual consent. Alan served Newcastle United exceptionally well as Academy Coach during the 2008/09 season, and as Reserve Team Coach last season. The club would like to thank Alan for his commitment to player development and coaching during his time at Newcastle. Newcastle United wish him every success in his future career.
"It can be a burden but I honestly don’t think it would be for Andy."
1st June 2010 - The Coveted Number Nine Shirt
Whilst the legendary Newcastle United number 9 jersey remained unoccupied throughout our 2009/10 Championship campaign it appears that manager Chris Hughton may be about to hand the coveted shirt to youngster Andy Carroll for the forthcoming Premier League season.
Chris Hughton: "The type of character that Andy is tells me he wouldn’t shy away from it if we hand it to him in July. It can be a burden but I honestly don’t think it would be for Andy. He has got no fear. I think he would simply revel in the situation."
Whilst an impressive 19 goal haul last season from Andy impressed the manager he warned that the stakes will be raised in August when the new season gets underway: "Everything we asked from him last season, he gave us. It gets even tougher now as we head to the top level. With the type of player that Andy is and the age he’s at, we’ll be looking for more development from him. Next season is all about the next chapter for him. He’s an exciting player and one we’re delighted to have."