ARCHIVE NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2010
28th September 2010 - Arsenal Tie Live
Our fourth round Carling Cup tie at home to Arsenal will be played on Wednesday 27th October 2010 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The match is to be shown live on Sky Sports.
Kevin Nolan slots home a first half penalty versus Stoke City
26th September 2010 - Newcastle United 1 Stoke City 2
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Perch, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote (Ameobi 74), Barton, Nolan, Carroll, Routledge, Ben Arfa (Gutierrez 62) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Smith, Ranger.
Scorer: Nolan (43 pen) - Attendance: 41,915
Chris Hughton: "It's a big low today. We didn't defend well enough from set pieces. It does put pressure on us. We know we have to pick up results at home and we have to make sure that from the lows we bounce back. It was all about pivotal moments. There is not a team that face Stoke who do not prepare for the long throw. You are reliant on players doing their jobs and marking individuals. You are frustrated when you let a lead slip. It is normal to be angry. I am realistic to know where we are at the moment. As a team that has got promoted we are probably going to lose more than we will win."
25th September 2010 - Carling Cup Fourth Round Draw
Newcastle will face Arsenal at St. James' Park in the fourth round of the Carling Cup. The game will be played the week commencing Monday 25th October 2010.
Chris Hughton: "We wanted a home draw and that's what we got. Facing Arsenal is as tough as it gets, but it's a tie we're really looking forward to."
23rd September 2010 - Club Statement
Following a shoulder ligament injury sustained in United's game against Everton on Saturday, Steve Harper has undergone a successful operation on Wednesday. It is likely that Steve will be unavailable for selection for a period of around 12 weeks.
Shola Ameobi celebrates his double strike at Stamford Bridge
22nd September 2010 - Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 4
Carling Cup Round 3 - Stamford Bridge, London - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, R Taylor (Tiote 63), Coloccini (Williamson 63), Campbell, Ferguson (Barton 90), Smith, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger - Subs not used: Soderberg, Nolan, Carroll, Ben Arfa.
Scorers: Ranger (27), R Taylor (32), Ameobi (49, 90) - Attendance: 41,511
Chris Hughton: "We showed great character and great finishing. It would have been a travesty if we had not got the winner and it had gone to extra-time. I didn't think it was a penalty. The softest you will ever see and it got them back in the game. This was a game that most people felt we couldn't win irrespective of what side they put out. It speaks volumes for the players. Hopefully it will give us the momentum to go into the next few games."
On Shola Ameobi: "'Shola showed why he is still at this football club. He has had periods at the club where injuries have hindered his progress. That was the case last season. But on this form he is a top player."
20th September 2010 - A Wonder Strike
Hatem Ben Arfa marked his first start for Newcastle on Saturday by scoring the only goal of the game against Everton. A Goodison Park wonder strike which impressed manager Chris Hughton.
Chris Hughton: "He has that something that's a little bit different that could make the Newcastle fans really take to him. It was a very encouraging performance from a player who gives us new options on the left. A great debut, but the key is whether he can produce that kind of thing on a consistent basis. If he can, then I'm sure we'll be looking at making his move permanent. There's a long way to go before that though."
Hatem Ben Arfa: "We should be ambitious but we have to be calm and remember it's early in the season. There is plenty of character in this team so we'll see how far we can take it. Newcastle are a big club with some really astonishing supporters. The club dominates everything in the city. It is a great thing when you play in front of passionate fans. You want to give them something back, you want to do your best for them. I am very happy that they saw us win and that I scored for them."
Hatem Ben Arfa unleashes a magnificent effort
18th September 2010 - Everton 0 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Goodison Park, Liverpool - 3.00pm
Team: Harper (Krul 35), Perch, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Carroll, Routledge, Ben Arfa (Gutierrez 84) - Subs not used: Campbell, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Smith, Ameobi.
Scorer: Ben Arfa (45) - Attendance: 38,019
Chris Hughton: "I thought it was an excellent performance from the first to the 94th minute. Ben Arfa will get the headlines and granted because of the quality of the goal he scored. I felt we should have had a penalty and that would have given us a little bit more leeway."
On Hatem Ben Arfa: "He's a lad of wonderful ability and it's about getting him into the areas where he can hurt the opposition. We want to see him do his best work in the final third and whether that's a quality cross or getting himself into areas where, as we saw today, he scored a magnificent effort."
16th September 2010 - An Evening With Alan Shearer
BBC Radio 5 interviewed Alan Shearer live on air last night in a 90 minute show broadcast from the Centre for Life in Newcastle.
Alan Shearer: "I thought I had the job at Newcastle. We had got relegated and I had sat down with the appropriate guys and we had agreed everything. Then two days later ... I have not spoken to them since. I rang someone up and he didn't know what was going on. I never got a phone call after that. I loved my time at Newcastle, despite what happened."
On Mike Ashley: "He has put a hell of a lot of money into Newcastle United, so he is entitled to do what he wants to do. If you are spending £150 million, £200 million, £250 million on something, then you are going to want to call the shots and he is doing that. I don't know whether he wants to spend any more money, I don't know if he wants to take the club further or what."
On Chris Hughton: "He has done a magnificent job. He is a really nice guy and was a big help to me when I went in there. I didn't think Newcastle would come back up at the first attempt with the team they had. They had some good players in there, but the vast majority were the players who took them down. You have to give Chris tremendous credit. He steadied the ship. Without doubt, he deserves a crack at the big league now."
12th September 2010 - The First Year Verdict
Chris Hughton was appointed Newcastle manager on 27th October 2009. After almost eleven months in the role he has been reflecting on his time in charge.
On being manager: "I’ve enjoyed the challenge of being Newcastle United manager. The pressures and stresses of being a manager make it very difficult to enjoy it fully. That is the nature of the job. I have enjoyed the response of this group of players to the challenge, seeing a good group of players come back from where they were at the beginning of last season."
On media duties: "It probably doesn’t come that easily to me. I think every manager will tell you they would like to spend all of their time on the training pitch. You have to understand the responsibilities of things like talking to fans because they are important. It’s never something that I would stop doing. It is part and parcel of the job when you manage a big club."
On the highs and lows: "I’ve been fortunate. We’ve had more good times than bad since I’ve been here. You enjoy the highs but you can’t enjoy them for long. As soon as you win, you’re back focusing on the next game. You don’t get a minute to enjoy it really. When you’re in the thick of it, it can be tough."
So close for Joey Barton versus Blackpool
11th September 2010 - Newcastle United 0 Blackpool 2
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Perch, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Smith (Lovenkrands 62), Barton, Nolan, Carroll, Routledge (Ameobi 81), Gutierrez (Ben Arfa 73) - Subs not used: Krul, Campbell, R Taylor, Tiote.
Attendance: 49,597
Chris Hughton: "Today we created enough chances to win a couple of matches but were unable to score. All you ask from your players is to get in the right positions and put the ball in the back of the net. Today we didn't. I can't fault the commitment of my players, we just didn't have enough fortune or quality and came up against a very good keeper. We’re only four games into the season and we can’t afford to be too down about it. It hurts because we went into the game wanting three points and I thought that we deserved the three points. It is Premiership football and you will get punished if you don’t take your chances. It was a tough afternoon but there are certainly aspects of our play which we can be pleased about.”
8th September 2010 - Desperate To Get The Shirt On
Hatem Ben Arfa has been enjoying life with Newcastle since arriving a couple of weeks ago. The youngster admits to having been made to feel very much at home by the rest of the squad.
Hatem Ben Arfa: "There is a really good feeling, a superb atmosphere amongst these players. That brings a great quality to the team. I have been impressed with a lot of the players. There could be a lot of goals in this team. I am very impatient. I want to get out on the pitch as soon as possible and play for Newcastle. I am desperate to get the shirt on for the first time and show the supporters what I can do."
7th September 2010 - Manager Wants To Extend His Stay
Chris Hughton has done a terrific job as manager of Newcastle United. Though he insists contract talks are not a priority at the moment he has made it known he would love to sign an extension to his current deal which runs out at the end of the season.
Chris Hughton: "I want to be manager of Newcastle United. That is where I am and I would like that to continue. My contract is up at the end of the season but my priority is to get on and do the best job that I can. The most important thing is to get results. I am conscious that we can go through bad periods. Things can change very quickly in football. I want to concentrate on the job at the moment and let other things take care of themselves."
1st September 2010 - Stamford Bridge Date Confirmed
Our Carling Cup third round tie away to Chelsea will be played on Wednesday 22nd September 2010. Kick-off will be 7.45pm.
New signings have the experience and the right profile
1st September 2010 - The Mike Ashley Approach
Recent transfer activity at Newcastle United has been sensible and methodical and the club have now enjoyed two successful recruitment drives in a row. When the manager asked for specific players to secure promotion from the Championship back in January, he got them. More of the same followed when further strengthening was required to meet the demands of returning to the Premier League. Players have been found who have a hunger and passion to do well for the club.
Chris Hughton: "We've got what we need. It's certainly a statement of what the owner wants to do. It shows we've been working hard. James Perch and Dan Gosling are still at a developmental age and are part of the future here. In Cheik Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa, we have players who have the experience and the right profile for the direction the club wants to be going in. Sol has great experience. It's not just his ability. It's what he can bring around the place. He's such a positive influence. All the others will benefit from that."