Sheer delight for hat-trick hero Kevin Nolan
31st October 2010 - Newcastle United 5 Sunderland 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 1.30pm
Team: Krul, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Ranger 86), Carroll - Subs not used: Soderberg, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, S Taylor, Smith.
Scorers: Nolan (26, 34, 75), Ameobi (45 pen, 70) - Attendance: 51,988
Chris Hughton: "It's a nice feeling. The supporters loved what they saw. They saw a committed team that took the game by the scruff of the neck. I'm very proud of my players today who made a very, very important game comfortable at times. Kevin Nolan was immense, breaking forward from midfield, and for him to get three goals was outstanding. When I see the stadium we have and the support we have, to see the reaction from them is what the game is all about. We knew what game it was and what it meant to them."
Kevin Nolan: "To score a hat-trick will live with me for ever. You could see how much victory meant to us all. We have worked so hard this week and it has paid off, it is unbelievable. I am delighted for the fans and for Chris. We have made progress under Chris. He has been fantastic."
28th October 2010 - We Are Doing Okay
Following the issue of a statement of support for Chris Hughton by the Newcastle board, the manager has responded by reiterating his determination to bring success to the club.
Chris Hughton: "I have been at this club now for two and a half years and I have got to know everybody very well. I have very much enjoyed my time here. I'm happy. I'd like to stay for as long as possible. I have a remit, as I had last season, which is to do the best job I can. We were able to get the team back in the Premier League last season, and I have a remit to keep it in the division this season. The league table at the moment shows we are doing okay."
Kevin Nolan: "As a group of players, as a squad, as a staff and I believe as fans too we believe we are going in the right direction and the main focal point and the main leader in that is Chris Hughton. We are 110 per cent behind Chris Hughton."
27th October 2010 - Club Statement
Chris is our manager and will remain our manager. It is our intention to renegotiate his contract at the end of the year.
Free-kick specialist Ryan Taylor in action versus Arsenal
27th October 2010 - Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 4
Carling Cup Round 4 - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Kadar, R Taylor, Routledge (Gutierrez 56), Guthrie, Smith (Barton 71), Vuckic, Lovenkrands (Carroll 57), Ranger - Subs not used: Soderberg, Coloccini, Enrique, Tiote.
Attendance: 33,157
Chris Hughton: "We were playing against a topclass side in Arsenal, but I thought in the first half we played a system that contained them so they had minimal chances. We couldn’t afford to concede just before half time. That enabled them to come out in the second half in the ascendancy. We had to come out more and that left us more open. I thought the result was harsh."
25th October 2010 - Working Hard For Each Other
Joey Barton was in superb form on Saturday epitomising Newcastle's fighting spirit as they came from behind to win at Upton Park. Both Newcastle goals came from wonderful crosses from the impressive midfielder. At the final whistle Joey made his way over to the away end, took off his shirt and handed it to a Newcastle follower before heading back to an away dressing room that was buzzing.
Joey Barton: "West Ham's not an easy place to come. We needed that to get our season going again. The lads showed great resilience again. This is a football team that thrives when our backs are to the wall. Having a team of 11 players working hard for each other is a lot harder to beat than a team of fragmented egos that has gone before in my previous Newcastle times, and definitely in the side that was relegated. It’s important for me to repay some debts to this football club with my performances on the pitch. That is what I want to do."
Goalscorers Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll embrace
23rd October 2010 - West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 2
Premier League - Upton Park, London - 5.30pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi - Subs not used: Soderberg, Guthrie, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, R Taylor, Smith.
Scorers: Nolan (23), Carroll (69) - Attendance: 34,486
Chris Hughton: "That was a big win. It’s a spirited group of players and staff we’ve got. It’s difficult to single out anyone. I think that was the best performance of my time here, definitely the best of the season so far. What we need to do now is address our home form. Our away form is good but we now need to apply that at home as well. What I am keen to do is look at the positives. We are one win away from being five or six positions better off than what we are."
On Joey Barton: "Joey at the moment is playing very well. He’s very consistent and he’s a big player for the team."
On Cheik Tiote: "He was excellent. There’s no thrills about his game but he goes about his business very well."
On Andy Carroll: "He’s a mobile lad. He’s a tall lad, so for his size it’s always going to be difficult to be the quickest, but once he gets going, certainly he has a power and a pace. We need that from him as regularly as we can."
18th October 2010 - Colin Heads North
Colin Calderwood has left his position as first team coach to take on the role of manager at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.
Colin Calderwood: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I've spent at Newcastle United. It has been fantastic to work alongside a brilliant manager in Chris Hughton, and with some great players at the club. Being part of last season's promotion to the Premier League is something I'm very proud of and I wish Chris, Paul and the team the very best of luck from now on. Newcastle will always be a special club to me."
Chris Hughton: "Colin has been a big part of what this club has achieved since he's been here. He was an integral part of everything we achieved last season, which culminated in us lifting the Championship trophy. Aside from being a very good friend, Colin is somebody who I have the utmost respect for and I wish him all the best at Hibs."
A delighted Fabricio Coloccini celebrates his late equaliser
16th October 2010 - Newcastle United 2 Wigan Athletic 2
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Perch (Ranger 89), Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Barton, Guthrie (Routledge 66), Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 61), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Soderberg, R Taylor, Smith, Kadar.
Scorers: Ameobi (72), Coloccini (94) - Attendance: 44,415
Chris Hughton: "We are now playing our football in a tougher division. We were on the back of two home defeats, not something we wanted to continue. We showed great character and quality towards the end to get back into the game. I think it was a massively important point. A classic case of digging something out."
12th October 2010 - Leon On The Way Back
Leon Best is close to returning to training after having suffered a ruptured ankle ligament during the clubs pre-season programme. Leon feels he is over the injury now and is preparing to fight for his place in the Newcastle first eleven again.
Leon Best: "I was out running for a little bit and it felt good. The injury wasn't on my mind at all and now I'm aiming to train. I've just got to put it behind me and get fit again. I still need to prove myself. Hopefully, given the chance, I will do. I need to get back, get my confidence up and get scoring goals."
The injury was a cruel blow as Leon had started the pre-season well, scoring in the warm up matches against Carlisle United and PSV Eindhoven.
8th October 2010 – New Five Year Deal For Andy
Striker Andy Carroll has signed a new five year contract committing himself to the club until 2015.
Andy Carroll: "All I have ever wanted to do is play for Newcastle United. That's been the case since I was a teenager, playing for the juniors and reserves, and it's still the same now. Every time I pull on the black and white shirt it means the world to me. Even more so now that I have number nine on my back. To be able to do that for at least the next five years is brilliant."
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "We''re dedicated to bringing exciting young players through our youth academy to play for the club. Andy certainly fits that bill, having graduated through the ranks here, and we're extremely pleased to have agreed a new long term deal with him. Players like Andy are the future of this club."
6th October 2010 - Newcastle On TV
Three Newcastle Premier League fixtures have been chosen for live television broadcast during December and January. The away fixtures at Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion will be shown on Sky Sports whilst the home meeting with Liverpool is to be shown on ESPN.
The revised dates and kick-off times are as follows:
05/12/2010 - West Bromwich Albion (away) - Sunday 1.30pm
11/12/2010 - Liverpool (home) - Saturday 5.30pm
02/01/2011 - Wigan Athletic (away) - Sunday 4.00pm
5th October 2010 - Club Statement
Newcastle United FC have today written a strongly-worded letter to the Football Association in relation to the tackle by Manchester City's Nigel de Jong on Hatem Ben Arfa in Sunday's Premier League fixture, which resulted in Ben Arfa sustaining a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg.
The club has asked the FA for the appropriate action to be taken against De Jong for the tackle which in the club's opinion was unnecessary and used excessive force.
Newcastle United will also be writing to the appropriate body regarding the performance of the match officials, specifically the referee, in relation to a number of incidents during the game including the tackle on Ben Arfa.
"I will perform again for the brilliant Newcastle fans."
4th October 2010 - Cruel and Devastating
Hatem Ben Arfa: "I’ll be back. I will be working hard to play again in a black and white shirt and to perform again for the brilliant Newcastle fans. It will be a long road back, but I have to stay positive."
Advisor Simon Stainrod: "Hatem will look to get his operation out of the way and then it’s the road back to recovery. He will be doing all of his rehab at Newcastle and hopes to be back as quickly as possible. That’s the sort of lad he is. It just shows his character when he sits up and claps the fans as he goes off. It shows the feeling he has for the Newcastle fans, and I don’t think that many players would have done that in that situation. He was enjoying everything at Newcastle. He felt comfortable here. He’ll do everything in accordance with Newcastle and he’ll be back."
Chris Hughton: "I am absolutely devastated for Hatem. To suffer such a horrendous injury as a double leg break is sickening for the lad. After playing only a handful of games for us, scoring a cracking goal at Everton and doing fantastically well, it’s a cruel and devastating blow for Hatem and the club."
"I am delighted to hear from the hospital that the operation this morning was successful. Now it’s just a case of nursing him back to fitness."
"Hatem’s a smashing lad with great character and bags of determination, and with the help of our medical team and backroom staff, I am sure he will make a full and speedy recovery. I’ll be visiting Hatem later today. 'Get well soon' is the message from everyone at the club."
4th October 2010 - Wild And Unnecessary
Holland coach Bert Van Marwijk has withdrawn Nigel De Jong from his squad.
Bert Van Marwijk: "I just told the players. I told them that I saw no other option. I have a problem with the way Nigel unnecessarily searches for the limit. It was a wild and unnecessary challenge. I don't think he did it on purpose but he goes in way too hard. That's a pity, because he doesn't need tackles like this. The strange thing is that the referee doesn't give a card. Apparently there are other standards over there."
3rd October 2010 - Club Statement
In the early stages of Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Manchester City, Hatem Ben Arfa was stretchered from the field of play following a tackle by Manchester City's Nigel de Jong. X-rays taken this afternoon have confirmed that he has suffered a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg. He will undergo surgery tomorrow morning. Everyone connected with the club sends Hatem their best wishes for a speedy recovery. At this stage no time limit has been put on his expected return date.
"The referee made some horrendous decisions."
3rd October 2010 - Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester - 1.30pm
Team: Krul, Perch, Enrique, Coloccini (Campbell 36), Williamson, Nolan (Carroll 76), Barton, Tiote, Ameobi, Ben Arfa (Routledge 7), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Soderberg, R Taylor, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Scorer: Gutierrez (24) - Attendance: 46,067
Chris Hughton: "It is an injustice we have come out with a result like that. My first impressions were Williamson had played the ball and it was outside the box. They were confirmed when I saw it on TV. Then my first impression when Ameobi went down was that his standing foot had been taken away from him and that was confirmed as well. Games like this are difficult enough but you need decisions to go your way and with those two incidents, the referee made two horrendous ones."
On Hatem Ben Arfa: "It does not look good. He has gone to hospital and we will make an announcement in due course but it looks like he has broken his leg. Everyone will have their own opinion. The best thing I can say was it was a challenge that didn't need to be made. I’m not surprised a free-kick wasn’t given. The referee made some horrendous decisions. All of our thoughts are with Hatem."
1st October 2010 - KK on Chris Hughton
Kevin Keegan: "Chris joined my coaching staff at Newcastle in February 2008. I did not envisage then that he would one day be managing the club. He has done a fantastic job. His presence ensures that Newcastle are in safe hands. He has proved a fantastic appointment and all credit must go to him for leading Newcastle to the title and promotion last season. Chris has passed the tests put to him so far and perhaps discovered attributes that even he didn't know he had. Newcastle fans respect him for his commitment and dedication. Chris will be looked on as a man who has done a magnificent job under really difficult circumstances."