Jose Enrique in control versus PSV Eindhoven
31st July 2010 - Newcastle United 2 PSV Eindhoven 2
Friendly - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper (Krul 52), Perch (Tavernier 67), Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Nolan (LuaLua 85), Smith (Xisco 72), R Taylor (Vuckic 85), Lovenkrands (Carroll 67), Ameobi (Best 67), Guthrie - Subs not used: Ranger, Donaldson.
Scorers: R Taylor (52), Best (72) - Attendance: 16,118
Chris Hughton: "We were certainly far better second half than we were first half, and in the end we could have gone on and won the game. We had good chances in that second half period. We were disappointed with some aspects of the first half, where we didn’t get to grips with the game. We said to the players before the game that because of the way PSV play, it would be a very tactical game and we didn’t get close enough to them, and when we gained possession we didn’t keep hold of it well enough."
30th July 2010 - Sol Is A Ready Made Player
Manager Chris Hughton has admitted that the injury to Steven Taylor which will see him miss around three months of the season may have helped him to persuade owner Mike Ashley to sign Sol Campbell. Though the contract given to the 35 year old is a straight arrangement without any additional options the manager feels trying to earn another will prove to be a strong motivation for the veteran centre back.
Chris Hughton: "Whenever you sign a player I think it is all about timing. Sol is a ready made player that can walk into your first team. You know it’s shorter term but it fits your need at this time. The circumstances at this particular moment were right for him. The reason he has come is the type of challenge it presents and the stature of the club. Knowing Sol he will want those challenges to continue for as long as possible. If it is a good year for him, anything can happen."
29th July 2010 - New Four Year Deal For Tim
Goalkeeper Tim Krul has signed a new four year contract with the club. The Dutch youngster, now 22, joined Newcastle in 2005. His new contract sees him commit to the club until the end of the 2013/14 season.
Tim Krul: "I am delighted to commit my future to Newcastle United. I have been at the club 5 years and it feels like home. Hopefully I can fulfill my dream by becoming the future number one goalkeeper."
Chris Hughton: "We are delighted to have secured a four year contract with Tim. He showed last season what an outstanding young goalkeeper he is and he can only get better."
29th July 2010 - Steven Taylor Undergoes Surgery
Newcastle confirmed today that Steven Taylor will be out for a period of up to three months. Steven recently underwent surgery on the left shoulder he dislocated during the pre-season friendly at Carlisle on 17th July.
Chris Hughton: "It's a big blow for us. We've lost a very good player who has Premier League experience. For him, a massive blow, because he missed a big chunk of last season. He came back in good shape. He worked so well in the summer and it was a really unfortunate injury that can happen."
"I couldn't have wished for a better move."
28th July 2010 - Twelve Month Deal For Sol
Sol Campbell has joined Newcastle on a one year contract. The club have confirmed the signing of the experienced 35 year old who will wear the number five shirt at St. James' Park.
Sol Campbell: "To join a club such as Newcastle United, with its proud tradition, heritage and magnificent support, is absolutely tremendous for me. I couldn't have wished for a better move. I'd like to thank Chris and aim to repay him and the supporters by giving everything I possibly can to help re-establish this great club in the top tier of English football. The club wants success and I want to be part of that."
Chris Hughton: "I am fully aware of what he has to offer. That is experience, quality, calm assurance and leadership. He's a dedicated professional, a terrific addition to the squad, and I look forward to working with him again. When you look at the quality of strikers in the Premier League, you need strength and we've got somebody in that can deal with that."
27th July 2010 - Coaching Promotions
Peter Beardsley has been promoted from his role with the club's Academy under 16 squad to take over as reserve team coach. Steve Stone will also be moving from his Academy coaching role to assist Peter with the team.
Peter Beardsley: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I am thrilled to have been given. I can't wait to get cracking with what I know are a very talented set of players."
Chris Hughton: "This is an excellent opportunity for Peter and Steve. I hope their services will be of great benefit to the club."
27th July 2010 - Xisco Is Happy To Be Back
Spanish signing Xisco came to Newcastle two years ago from Deportivo La Coruna. Having endured a difficult first campaign in English football the youngster went out on loan to Racing Santander last season. The former Under 21 international is now back at St. James' Park with three years remaining on his contract and is determined to force his way back into manager Chris Hughton’s plans.
Xisco: "I’m happy to be back. I’ve got three years on my contract here and I’m looking forward to them. When I came to Newcastle United it was a big opportunity for me in my career. Last season I was on loan in Spain because I needed to go back home for a year because of what was happening here. Now I’m back and happy. I’m very hopeful of staying at Newcastle and helping the team do whatever I can."
The 24 year old returned to first team action on Saturday at Norwich and within a minute of coming on as a second half substitute had set up Shola Ameobi for his goal: "At Norwich I played right wing. If the manager wants me to play on the left or the right, I can. If I have to play in other positions for the team, then I will. This game was important, it’s about getting fit for the new season. We’re all building towards the game with Manchester United."
Joey Barton in 1st half action against Norwich City
24th July 2010 - Norwich City 2 Newcastle United 1
Friendly - Carrow Road, Norwich - 3.00pm
Team 1st half: Krul, R Taylor, Enrique, Coloccini, Tavernier, Nolan, Barton, Vuckic, Carroll, Best, Ranger.
Team 2nd half: Krul, Routledge, Enrique (Ferguson 57), Tavernier, Williamson, Guthrie, Smith, Xisco, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Vuckic (Edmundsson 72) - Subs not used: Alnwick, J Henderson.
Scorer: Ameobi (46) - Attendance: 13,195
Chris Hughton: "It was the type of test we needed. There are no excuses. I never like losing, whether it’s a pre-season friendly or during the season. It was about everyone getting another 45 minutes under their belts. It is part of our pre-season programme and we got what we wanted out of the game."
"They were very good opposition with a lot of momentum in their game, and it was tough. Norwich showed they are a team in very good rhythm. They’ve been back longer than we have and played more minutes than we have and they deserved their win. We’ll look to push on next week."
23rd July 2010 - We're Going Places
New signing Dan Gosling has revealed that Chris Hughton’s blueprint to turn the club into a top six Premier League outfit within the next five years was what convinced him that a move to Newcastle would advance his career.
Dan Gosling: "I spoke to a few managers and looked at the training ground and facilities of quite a few clubs. When I came here, I was really impressed with the gaffer and the coaching staff straight away. The facilities are excellent and I feel I’ve made the right decision."
"The manager has a vision of where he wants this club to go. I came up with my agent and my family, met him and Colin Calderwood. We sat down and talked about how we’d like the next few years to go. He told us where he wants us to be, and I want to be a part of that. I think the aim is to establish ourselves as a top six Premier League team in the next four or five years and I think it’s a realistic aim, and hopefully we can do it a bit sooner than that."
“It’s certainly a massive club with a massive fan base. I’m happy being here and just can’t wait to get on the pitch now. It would be nice to get a bit of stability now. I won’t be rushing anything. I think I’ll be jogging over the next week or so and then we’ll see how things go from there."
"It will be great to walk out in front of 50,000 people."
22nd July 2010 - Four Year Contract For Dan
Newcastle have confirmed the signing of 20 year old midfielder Dan Gosling on a four year contract. Dan who is currently recovering from a knee injury will wear the number 15 shirt.
A contractual oversight by previous club Everton allowed the youngster to join the team of his choice when his agreement with the Merseyside club expired recently. Everton were reported to have failed to follow up a verbal contract offer in writing by the prescribed deadline.
Dan Gosling: "It's a brilliant move for me. Now that the deal is done I just can't wait to get started. Chris Hughton and all of the lads have been great with me and made me feel really welcome. I've played at St James' Park before. Playing there in a black and white shirt is something I've thought about already. I know all about the amazing atmosphere and it will be great to walk out in front of 50,000 people."
Chris Hughton: "He's the right age. He has Premier League experience so he won't be fazed by what is ahead of him. He's someone who can continue to develop his game. The profile that he has is what makes it such an appealing capture for us. We see him as a high energy player. A player that can play from box to box."
22nd July 2010 - Nile In Plea To Boss
Young striker Nile Ranger has asked manager Chris Hughton not to send him out on loan next season. The 19 year old is confident he can play a role for Newcastle in the Premier League. Nile, who found the net during his second half appearance against Carlisle United on Saturday, desperately wants to stay at St. James' Park and wait for his chance in the top flight.
Nile Ranger: "I was injured before last season ended so I'll have to work harder than everyone else in pre-season. I'm young and I might have to go on loan. Hopefully I can stay here. I want to stay at Newcastle and fight for my place. Everyone's fighting for their place. It's hard, but I'm going to graft and see if I can do well for Newcastle this season. It's good to be back and among the squad. To be involved with the team would be amazing."
21st July 2010 - Fans Have Expectations
Chris Hughton: "I have to be realistic. It would be silly to say I can see us challenge in the next year or couple of years. We have to become a steady member of the top flight and at some stage push for cup finals and Europe and be where our supporters want us to be."
"What is best for everyone is to get stability to the club. We achieved that last season. When I needed support from the owner and Chairman that support came. We strengthened last Christmas. The next stage is to become a fixture in the Premier League."
"Players from the last time we were in the Premier League have improved and will be better players. I expect players to come in. We have to be careful and get value for money. There is money to spend."
"We have to get the right tactics. Our fans want entertainment and have expectations. I have seen the wonderful teams and individuals we have had here in the past. I have to give the fans some kind of success."
"Andy really deserves it."
20th July 2010 - Immensely Proud To Be The New Number Nine
Andy Carroll will follow in the footsteps of club legends Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer after being given the famous Newcastle number nine shirt for the new Premier League season.
The shirt was rested for season 2009/10 as manager Chris Hughton did not feel any player was worthy of the honour. Andy then scored 19 Championship goals last season to help send Newcastle straight back into the top flight, quickly winning over his manager who said: "Andy really deserves it."
Andy Carroll: "It's every young Geordie lad's dream to be a Newcastle United number nine and I'm so lucky to be given that chance. Having grown up following and watching the team, I'm obviously aware of the great tradition the number nine shirt holds. It's an opportunity I relish and intend doing my utmost to do the shirt proud. I would like to thank Chris and his staff for the faith they have put in me."
"When you look at the fantastic players down the years who have worn the shirt, it sends shivers down your spine, it's amazing. Alan Shearer was my idol as a young lad, and who would have thought I would be following in his footsteps? It's probably unique in football in that sense and, as I say, to be wearing it, is incredible. It hasn't really sunk in yet. I'm immensely proud and really it's an unbelievable feeling."
19th July 2010 - Joey Is Ready To Deliver
Joey Barton finished our promotion campaign in fine form and believes he has what it takes to force his way back into the England squad.
Joey Barton: "I want to do well for Newcastle United. I'm a much more rounded footballer now than I was when I first signed for this club. Injuries have restricted my chances to show that. If I can sustain fitness for a long period of time, I'm very confident of finding the form that got me in the England squad. If I break into the England squad, it proves that I am doing fantastic for this football club."
Kevin Nolan in 1st half action against Carlisle United
17th July 2010 - Carlisle United 0 Newcastle United 3
Friendly - Brunton Park, Carlisle - 1.00pm
Team 1st half: Harper, Tavernier, Enrique, Williamson, Coloccini, Smith, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Carroll, LuaLua, Inman.
Team 2nd half: Krul, R Taylor, S Taylor (J Henderson 81), Perch, Ferguson, Routledge, Guthrie, Barton, Vuckic, Ranger, Best - Sub not used: McLaughlin.
Scorers: Best (47), Ranger (64), Vuckic (73) - Attendance: 7,412
Chris Hughton: "A good run out for us. You always want to win games. It's about having a winning mentality. First half was a very tight affair. We were able to assert ourselves that liitle bit more in the second half where the game opened up. Overall, happy with what I've seen today and what I thought were three very good goals. Leon has come back looking very sharp. It’s his first goal in a Newcastle shirt and that is something special."
7th July 2010 - Looking Forward To Next Season
As they returned to pre-season training this week it immediately became apparent that the feel good factor from last season’s title winning campaign was still very much alive within the Newcastle squad.
Peter Lovenkrands: "The boys really want to get started and get working. The same kind of attitude as last year. I’m pleased to be part of it. I felt I had a really good season. The team did as well. It was really pleasing and we could relax and enjoy the summer."
"The main target is to stay in the Premier League. The squad we have has a lot of potential. We’re going to go and give it our best shot and we’ll aim to be up in the middle of the table. It’s all about confidence. If you get off to a good start and get on a good run, it can take you a long way."
6th July 2010 - Rangers Away Live On TV
Our pre-season friendly against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday August 7th will be shown live on ESPN.
6th July 2010 - Premiership Return Live On TV
Eight Newcastle fixtures have been chosen for live transmission during the opening months of the season, four at home and four away. Sky Sports will be covering six of these matches whilst ESPN will cover two, the opening home game against Aston Villa and our away clash with Manchester City in October.
The full listing of revised dates and kick-off times reads as follows:
16/08/2010 - Manchester United (away) - Monday 8.00pm
22/08/2010 - Aston Villa (home) - Sunday 1.30pm
26/09/2010 - Stoke City (home) - Sunday 4.10pm
03/10/2010 - Manchester City (away) - Sunday 1.30pm
23/10/2010 - West Ham (away) - Saturday 5.30pm
31/10/2010 - Sunderland (home) - Sunday 4.00pm
07/11/2010 - Arsenal (away) - Sunday 1.30pm
28/11/2010 - Chelsea (home) - Sunday 1.30pm
"It’s brilliant to finally get here. It’s a step up to a massive club."
5th July 2010 - James Perch Signs On
Newcastle have completed the signing of 24 year old James Perch from Nottingham Forest. James has signed a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Chris Hughton: "James is a player I've admired for some time and it's great we've been able to secure his services. I'm certain he'll prove to be a great addition to our squad."
James Perch: "It’s brilliant to finally get here. It really is a dream move for me. I knew Newcastle were interested last January and I was close then but to get it signed and sealed is brilliant. When they came back in last week it was terrific.The size of the football club and the aura around the place is massive. I am looking forward to playing my first game and settling into this great city."
5th July 2010 - Transfer Update
Chris Hughton: "We are making progress. At the moment we’re making enquiries and beginning to make decisions on players. There are people that we have looked at and people that have become available that we believe are of the required quality to add to our squad. We’re getting phone calls at the moment from agents and clubs and among those are plenty of names that are now available that perhaps weren’t on our radar before."
"I think the transfer market will probably move on a bit after the World Cup finishes. We’ve not particularly targeted foreign players, but we’re open to anything that may improve our squad. That includes the Championship, free transfers and loan players. We won’t rule out looking at the Championship if there are players we feel are ready to step into the Premier League.”
Back in the groove for Andy Carroll, Ryan Taylor and Danny Guthrie
5th July 2010 - Welcome Back
The Newcastle squad returned to pre-season training today with the hard work getting underway at Darsley Park. As they did last pre-season, the lads then head for Carton House in County Kildare for a training camp later this week. No matches have been arranged for the squad whilst in Ireland.
Pre-season friendly matches confirmed to date are:
17/07/2010 - Carlisle United (away) - 1.00pm
24/07/2010 - Norwich City (away) - 3.00pm
31/07/2010 - PSV Eindhoven (home) - 3.00pm
03/08/2010 - Deportivo de La Coruna (away) - 9.00pm local time
07/08/2010 - Glasgow Rangers (away) - 1.00pm
2nd July 2010 - Ibrox Start Time Switched
Kick-off time for our pre-season friendly against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox on 7th August has been brought forward by two hours. The game will now get underway at 1.00pm.
2nd July 2010 - Manager To Decide On New Skipper
With Nicky Butt having left the club when his contract expired at the end of last season the captain's armband is currently up for grabs.
Chris Hughton: "Nicky Butt has gone now, and the captaincy is available. It's another decision that will be made in pre-season, but I can rest easy knowing there are plenty of candidates for the job. Last season we had various captains, including Alan Smith, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini. All characters that have played in this league before. It's not just about one vocal point on the pitch, but you need somebody to lead the way."
Peter Lovenkrands and Andy Carroll model the new home kit
1st July 2010 - New Home Kit Unveiled
Our new home kit for the 2010/11 season was officially unveiled today. The strip which is manufactured by Puma will be available to buy from Thursday 5th August. Fans can pre-order the kit via the club website or club stores.
Chris Hughton: "We're delighted with the new Puma home strip and our players are all really pleased with the look and feel of the design. There's always a lot of excitement every time a brand new black and white shirt comes out and I'm sure the strip will go down well with our supporters."