ARCHIVE NEWS - DECEMBER 2010
Cheik Tiote shoots for goal at White Hart Lane
28th December 2010 - Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - White Hart Lane, London - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Perch, S Taylor, Coloccini, Tiote (Lovenkrands 78), Barton, Routledge, Smith, Carroll, Gutierrez (Ranger 67) - Subs not used: Harper, Williamson, Xisco, Best, Kadar.
Attendance: 35,927
Alan Pardew: "We were good today but we were below our best. Some of the quality showing against Liverpool and Manchester City was missing. The difference between the sides was the electric pace that Spurs have. You want that directness in your team. We worked really hard but we are weaker than those sort of teams in terms of coming off the bench. That is something we can hopefully address as we go down the road."
27th December 2010 - Pledging Loyalty
Andy Carroll has told Alan Pardew that he wants to stay at Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew: ""I spoke to Andy on Christmas Day. I asked him what he wanted to do, if he wanted to stay. Andy wants to play for Newcastle United. Wanting to stay was the case that Andy put to me and it is great news because we will make sure he does. There will be no problem with Andy in January, next summer, the following January and the summer after that. What Andy does well he does very well. If he can improve his link up play and his movement, he is going to be a top player. If you put balls into the right areas not many centre halves can deal with Andy. But there are tactics I don't want us to overuse."
27th December 2010 - Steven Taylor Commits
24 year old defender Steven Taylor has signed a new five and a half year contract that will keep him at St. James' Park until the summer of 2016. A failure to accept earlier terms had seen Steven transfer listed last August.
Steven Taylor: "I am delighted to have agreed terms with the club that will see me play for Newcastle United in my prime years. I joined the club as a boy and feel confident that I can fulfil all my ambitions here at my hometown club. I never lost hope that everything could be sorted and that I could stay here and play for this fantastic football club. I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout the contract negotiations and I'll look to repay them with my performances in the black and white shirt."
Top scorer Andy Carroll strikes again versus Manchester City
26th December 2010 - Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 3
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique, Tiote, S Taylor, Coloccini, Barton, Nolan, Carroll, Routledge (Ranger 60), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Harper, Williamson, Guthrie, Perch, Smith, Best.
Scorers: Carroll (72) - Attendance: 51,635
Alan Pardew: "The start cost us the game. Two big errors, two real howlers. The response from the team, from the goalie up to the centre forward was outstanding after that. When we got the goal, we thought there could be something special on. Our performance outside of that first few minutes was as good as we've produced. Some good stuff. It reveals your character. A lesser side might have got beaten 4 or 5-0 today. We got back in it and almost got something out of it so I'll take that from the game."
23rd December 2010 - New Birmingham City Date Confirmed
Our away Premier League fixture at Birmingham City which was postponed last wekend has been rearranged for Tuesday 15th February 2011 with a 7.45pm start. Please note that this game may be subject to further change. Should both sides fail to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup then the match is likely to take place on either 19th or 20th February with the date and kick-off time to be confirmed.
22nd December 2010 - Hatem Making Plenty Of Progress
Hatem Ben Arfa's agent, Simon Stainrod has revealed that the Newcastle youngster is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken leg. The 23 year old is recovering far quicker than originally expected and may be able to return to training as early as February.
Simon Stainrod: "Hatem is doing really, really well. He's in a centre working intensively from Monday to Friday on the injury and it is definitely helping him to make plenty of progress. You can never tell 100% but hopefully he's going to be back in the first week of February. That's better than anyone thought, much better than the original prognosis."
"The club doctor came from Newcastle to see him last week and he was really delighted with Hatem's progress. There are a group of specialists working with him. He's really in the best place. He's dedicated and he's absolutely determined to get back in a Newcastle shirt and repay the supporters for their support through all of this."
Steven Taylor has been up for sale since August
20th December 2010 - Steven Taylor Latest
Steven Taylor has been up for sale since failing to reach agreement on a new contract with the club last August. Despite this, Alan Pardew remains hopeful that he can persuade the 24 year old to stay at St James’ Park.
Alan Pardew: "I have spoken to Steven this week. I have not had an indication that he wants to leave. He wants a contract he thinks is fair for his ability. I will try to get a resolution. I think he would stay if we can get that right."
"The club have an asset that isn’t as much of an asset at the end of the season when his contract is up, so they have transfer listed him. I can understand why they have done that."
"He’s a good player and has been involved in a full England squad. You don’t want to lose a player of that calibre. My job is to ensure I do everything I can to keep him. If I don’t we have to go and get a replacement of his calibre."
18th December 2010 - Birmingham City Postponed
Our match against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's this afternoon has been called off. Incessant snowfall forced referee Mike Jones and local authorities to ask for the postponement. The decision was made shortly before noon.
17th December 2010 - It's Heavy Representing Newcastle United
Alan Pardew: "It's a big club. I am looking at the group. It's a heavy shirt, the Newcastle shirt. You can take it as read that the Bartons and Nolans fit comfortably. Andy Carroll, his shirt fits and has got a big number nine on it, which carries its own weight. You have to make sure that the character of the players can carry the shirt. You get a feeling about who is going to fit the criteria to play for this club. A couple of areas need strengthening."
"My work on the training ground needs to reflect the history of the club. The way we play needs to represent Newcastle United in the way it should be represented. If I didn't do that I'd be doing the club a disservice. Our crowd wants the team to play a brand of football to get them on their feet."
14th December 2010 - New Backroom Team Taking Shape
New manager Alan Pardew has moved quickly to reshape his backroom staff. The club have promoted reserve team assistant Steve Stone and senior Academy coach Willie Donachie whilst bringing in Andy Woodman as goalkeeping coach from Charlton. Peter Beardsley is to remain as Reserve Team Manager continuing his work with the development squad.
Alan Pardew: "I am delighted to bring Steve, Willie and Alan on board and am sure they will do a tremendous job for the club. Keeping Peter with the Reserves is important too as he has done a terrific job with the younger lads."
"Steve Stone is somebody I have leant on heavily in the last few days. I am going to give him an improved contract to come and work with the first team. He has the respect of the players and I want continuity. I am going to move Willie Donachie up to the first team area from the Academy. Willie is a really good technical coach and I like to have that at the training ground. He will work with Peter Beardsley and maybe cross over to myself on occasion. Peter was outstanding as a player. That brings its own special quality to the training ground too. I am happy with the way it is panning out."
"My idea is to have a young coaching team to grow with the team. All the players have got a coach to lean on and they can find somebody they trust in a special way. We have room for one more coach. I am still working on that."
Celebration time for goalscorer Joey Barton
11th December 2010 - Newcastle United 3 Liverpool 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 5.30pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique, Barton (Routledge 90), Nolan (Smith 87), Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger 63) - Subs not used: Harper, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Perch.
Scorers: Nolan (15), Barton (80), Carroll (90) - Attendance: 50,137
Alan Pardew: "To get three goals was something special. The win today was really about the players. They showed their spirit and their unity out there and they made it easy for me just to add a couple of things. A lot of the good things that went on today has been going on here all year. I'm pleased that I've had a good reaction from the workplace."
"The noise level out there was something I had only every experienced in cup finals. I was struggling to get my message across it was so loud. There was a lot of great feeling for Chris Hughton. They reacted with disappointment to the events of this week. He is a gentleman and has done a lot of good work here. But ultimately they do not support me or any individual, they support the club."
10th December 2010 - Effort Required
Kevin Keegan: "Alan’s a good lad. I know him well, he is very dedicated and he works very hard. The sad thing is that Alan is going in and is getting off on the wrong foot through no fault of his own. The supporters won’t be resistant to Alan because of the circumstances of his appointment. The players will be supported from the stands providing that they give the effort required when you wear that famous shirt."
"I have managed teams that played attacking positive football."
9th December 2010 - New Manager Confirmed
Alan Pardew has been appointed manager of Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew: "I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football. I'm a football person with a love of the game. I have managed teams that played attacking positive football. I can't wait to get started and what better way to kick off than welcoming Liverpool on Saturday."
Contract: "I wanted to be tough on the length of contract. Give myself stability at a club that hasn't had much stability with managers. I will work as hard as I can here to get a situation where I can bring some longevity to the job."
This season: "We're in a great position for a team that's been promoted but we've got to kick on. The brief for me would be to consolidate and stay in the division. There's an opportunity this year. The Premier League is so close."
Playing staff: "I have to assess the squad. I need to get my message across quickly and with clarity so as not to get any resentment. I want to look at the young developing players and see who will threaten the first team."
Transfers: "In the past I have convinced owners to have faith and trust in me to invest. I'll be trying to get funds to make the club the best it can be."
Andy Carroll: "Andy Carroll was at the top of my list of questions. He looks like he's fitting the bill so I made it very clear that he needs to stay."
7th December 2010 - Fulham Away Live
Our Premier League fixture away to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The originally scheduled kick-off time of 8.00pm remains unchanged.
"I wish the club all the very best for the future."
6th December 2010 - Chris Hughton Statement
Chris Hughton has released the following statement through the League Managers Association:
We have built on last season’s momentum following promotion back up to the Barclays Premier League and have produced some excellent results to see us sitting midway in the table at this stage of the season.
I am immensely proud of my achievements with Newcastle and I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the players, my staff and the supporters during my time as manager.
I now wish them and the club all the very best for the future.
The termination of my contract is now in the hands of the LMA and I will therefore be making no further comment at this stage.
6th December 2010 - Club Statement
Newcastle United Football Club can confirm that Peter Beardsley will be in charge of team affairs with immediate effect, following Chris Hughton's departure from the club today.
Peter has been Reserve Team Manager since the start of the season. He will be supported by Steve Stone, Assistant Reserve Team manager at the club.
6th December 2010 - Club Statement
Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today.
The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club's transition from Championship to Premier League football. Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.
Regrettably the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.
The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.
5th December 2010 - Hawthorns Inquest
Chris Hughton held a lengthy dressing room inquest after the woeful performance at West Bromwich Albion earlier today. The manager kept the players behind closed doors for more than an hour after the final whistle. Only two points have been collected from the last five games.
Chris Hughton: "At the moment we are going through a very difficult patch. We have to make sure we learn from it. I do think we have the personnel and the characters to come through. We weren't good enough. That is why we have been in there so long. It is about getting answers, about venting your anger. These are the normal things that go on after a game."
Comment: In his last five appearances in a black & white shirt Shola Ameobi has been substituted five times. In two of these matches the striker was removed at half time. Today Shola Ameobi produced what can only be descibed as a typical Shola Ameobi performance. An inability to win the ball in the air, an inability to hold the ball up, an inability to make a pass to a Newcastle player and so on. In short, a gutless, half hearted performance which equates to the team carrying a passenger. The player has started the last two games as Captain. Chris?
Equally guilty of appearing to be disinterested on numerous occasions this season have been Jonas Gutierrez and Peter Lovenkrands.
A similar level of performance and a similar lack of attitude from a number of players no longer at the club resulted in us being relegated two seasons ago.
Danny Guthrie tussles with James Morrison at The Hawthorns
5th December 2010 - West Bromwich Albion 3 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - The Hawthorns, Birmingham - 1.30pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique, Routledge (Ranger 73), Guthrie (Smith 72), Tiote, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Lovenkrands 46), Carroll - Subs not used: Soderberg, Perch, Best, Kadar.
Scorer: Lovenkrands (90) - Attendance: 23,486
Chris Hughton: "We didn't do well enough to win a football match. I wasn't happy with the performance. I didn't think we started the game well enough. We've given away poor goals and you can't do that against anyone in this division. We lost away at Bolton a couple of weeks ago. Probably our poorest result of the season and we came here on the back of a good result last week. But we weren't good enough in enough departments today."
3rd December 2010 - Duo Sign On Until 2016
Mike Williamson and Nile Ranger have both signed new five and a half year deals which sees them commit themselves to St. James' Park until 2016.
Defender Williamson has has been instrumental in Newcastle making a solid return to the Premier League with manager Chris Hughton rating the player one of the finest central defenders in the top flight this season.
Youngster Ranger impressed during last season's Championship winning campaign and has been a regular member of the first team squad this term.
Mike Williamson: "Playing in the Premier League with Newcastle has been a dream for me and that's why I was delighted to agree a contract to keep doing that until 2016. To get the opportunity to play at St James' Park every other week is fantastic for me. Me and my family have settled here quickly and it's great to know that we'll be staying here for a long time to come."
Nile Ranger: "In the summer I was probably fifth choice among the strikers. In the last few weeks I’ve moved up that pecking order a bit. I’ve been coming off the bench in games and I’m really enjoying things at the moment. I’ve got to be patient, that is important at this stage of my career. I'm loving it at Newcastle. I really feel I can develop here. The fans have been great with me from day one. This feels like home now."
Chris Hughton: "Mike has been outstanding for us since he came here. He was somebody who I tracked for a while before we got him. He has perhaps exceeded even the expectations we had of him. He has a brilliant attitude and I believe his best years are yet to come."
"Nile is a young player who is improving all the time. It's less than 18 months since he made his first team debut. As we have already done with Andy Carroll we're keen to keep our young talent at this football club. We look forward to helping him to mature and become a key player for us in the future."
3rd December 2010 - Stevenage Tie Live
Our FA Cup third round tie away to Stevenage at The Lamex Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPN. The match is now confirmed as a 5.30 pm kick-off on Saturday 8th January 2011.