ARCHIVE NEWS - JANUARY 2011
Chief executive, owner and manager said he was going nowhere
31st January 2011 - Carroll Deal Completed
Andy Carroll has completed his move to Liverpool having signed a five and a half year contract with the Merseyside club. News that the deal had been successfully completed came just before the close of the transfer window.
Alan Shearer: "The fans are not really interested in the financial side of things. The £35 million is a huge sum but it's only a good deal if Newcastle spend at least that at the end of the season. After listening to Andy say he wants to stay at Newcastle, and listening to the chief executive and the owner and the manager saying he was going nowhere, they'll be disappointed because they don't want to see their top player go. I wouldn't be surprised if he did not want to leave. I know he handed in a transfer request late in the day but I am not sure he wanted to leave."
31st January 2011 - Xisco Returns To Spain
Spanish striker Xisco has been loaned out to Deportivo La Coruna for the rest of the season. The 24 year old moved to St. James' Park in 2008.
31st January 2011 - Stephen Ireland Joins On Loan
Newcastle have signed 24 year old Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.
Alan Pardew: "He's a top player. We're really pleased to have got him. A creative midfielder, he can create chances and score goals himself. Stephen feels he can deliver more than he's shown at Villa so far. He's got a point to prove and we can reap the benefits of that. We think he can be a big factor for us in the second part of this season."
31st January 2011 - Andy Carroll On His Way
Newcastle have reluctantly accepted a transfer request from Andy Carroll. A British record transfer fee has been agreed with Liverpool for the striker.
"I want to stay here."
24th January 2011 - Joey Talks Underway
Joey Barton is ready to commit his long term future to Newcastle United. The 28 year old midfielder has been in outstanding form this season and with 18 months left to run on his current contract talks are already underway with the club over a new deal.
Joey Barton: "I want to stay here. I’ve started discussions with the club and everything seems to be going in the right direction. Hopefully we’ll get that sorted and I can concentrate on doing my utmost for Newcastle United.”
Agent Willie McKay: "Talks have progressed well and we are hopeful of concluding the deal very soon. Joey is enjoying his football at Newcastle and he is happy to sign a new deal."
24th January 2011 - Portugal Bound
The Newcastle squad flew out to Portugal yesterday for a training camp. Recent sessions at home have been hindered by freezing temperatures.
Alan Pardew: "We’ve got no undersoil heating at our training ground. It’s ridiculous. We had to go inside on Friday. It gives me an opportunity to work morning and afternoon with the team. It's going well, wet and windy rather than sunshine, but we've got some good work done. Some players need rest and some need to work. A conditioning week to make sure we are ready for the second half of the season."
23rd January 2011 - Celebration Time
Fabricio Coloccini celebrated his 29th birthday and his 100th appearance in a black and white shirt on Saturday. The celebrations continued during the game as Fabricio chested down a fantastic Danny Guthrie pass to fire home a stunning half volley to give Newcastle the lead on 59 minutes.
Fabricio Coloccini: "It is a lot of appearances to make in two and a half years. I didn't know it was my 100th appearance. It is an honour. I'm very proud to have played 100 games for Newcastle. It is a great club. I'm happy to score. I have scored on my birthday. I'm happy personally with my goal. But I want to win games. I'd prefer not to score and win the game. Usually I score with headers or the ball drops to me near goal from set plays. This was more difficult. I was just lucky that the ball came to me."
Alan Pardew: "He was outstanding against Tottenham. I thought he was the best player on the pitch. He comes in, does his work and is one of the latest to leave the training ground every day. He gives everyone support. He has not got an offensive word to say. He was very unlucky to miss out on the World Cup, a senior international, up there with the top group. He is different. He has a controlled way about him, probably the most calm centre half I have had. I am pleased about that."
Fabricio Coloccini powers home the opening goal
22nd January 2011 - Newcastle United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Guthrie (Perch 74), Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Lovenkrands 65), Ameobi (Ranger 88) - Subs not used: Krul, Campbell, Xisco, Ferguson.
Scorer: Coloccini (59) - Attendance: 51,010
Alan Pardew: "We scored a great goal. The back four were superb for periods and brilliant at times. We got exuberant trying to get a second. We committed too many bodies forward. If you've got a regular team who are winning every week then you can see games out and be a bit more relaxed. We aren't that yet and still have to work towards that. There were a lot of good signs. But it was another last minute goal and we are really disappointed. It was a game where we had to work really hard. Spurs kept the ball in areas that no one should keep the ball in. We had to do plenty of chasing."
21st January 2011 - Back To Loftus Road
Wayne Routledge has returned to Queen's Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season. The 26 year old winger signed for Newcastle in January 2010 and helped gain the club promotion back to the Premier League. Wayne has made 36 appearances in a black and white shirt to date.
21st January 2011 - Transfer Window Update
Alan Pardew: "I’m not enjoying the window at all. It’s chaos trying to put it all together. It is a worry that we have lost so many players to injuries. We need our key players back and one or two in the door. I’m going to see Mike Ashley just to reinforce the point. I need to keep mentioning it. I’ve got to have these battles with the board. I’d be disappointed if we did not bring anyone in."
"He knows how much this club meant to me."
20th January 2011 - Missing Sir Bobby
New assistant manager John Carver has been talking about his return to the club and his delight at securing a deal until the end of the season.
On Sir Bobby Robson: "When I stepped through the doors into what used to be his office there was a lot of emotion. Behind the manager’s desk there is a massive photograph of him which Chris Hughton put there. I went in and saw him looking down from the wall. We spent a lot of time together in that room. I always hoped I would come back but never believed I would. He will be pleased I’m back. He will be looking down and smiling. I felt him there on my shoulder at that moment. He knows how much this club meant to me."
On his contract: "I’ve only got a contract until the end of the season and that is right. For the club and for me. As soon as I walked back in I could sense the special atmosphere around the place. There is no point giving me a long term contract if I’m going to upset the apple cart as it were. The manager has got to find out if he can work with me and whether I can work with him. We'll see how things go over the next few months. The main priority is survival and stability in the Premier League. Once we have achieved that we can start thinking about what the future holds."
20th January 2011 - Alan Smith May Miss The Rest Of The Season
Alan Smith has been referred to a specialist to assess the ankle injury he sustained during the match against Sunderland last Sunday. A scan has revealed the injury to be worse than first thought.
Alan Pardew: "It's sad news for Alan because it's an ankle he's had problems with and we think he'll probably be out for the rest of the season. Because he's had a dislocation and a break on that ankle before, when you get a heavy blow like he did it's a very low recovery rate. That is why we think it will take so long. He is not good if I am honest. He is down at the minute. Not many would cope with it, but Alan will. He will be a big loss for me."
20th January 2011 - Dan Gosling Close To Full Fitness
Dan Gosling is on the mend. The youngster has been out injured for nine months since picking up an injury playing for his previous club Everton. Dan finally made his first team debut last Sunday coming on for the last five minutes of the game against Sunderland.
Dan Gosling: "It’s been a long time coming. It’s about nine months now. I feel like I’ve been at the club for a while but have only played five minutes so far. Sometimes it’s been difficult. I’ve had to get a little break now and again from the same old routine but I think I’m nearly ready. It feels good, it feels nice and strong. I’m feeling better in myself and I’m getting close to full fitness."
"Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m in with a shout of making the starting line up. I see myself predominantly as a central midfielder, though sometimes I might have to play out wide, or somewhere else. I’m willing to do that for the team, and if that’s the case, I’ll get on with my job like normal."
Proud and honoured to be able to come back
18th January 2011 - Assistant Manager Appointed
Former player, coach and caretaker boss John Carver has agreed a deal with the club which sees him return to St. James' Park as assistant manager to Alan Pardew until the end of the season.
John Carver: "I have always been a fan of this magnificent club and the years I spent working here were some of the happiest of my life. I am proud and honoured to be able to come back once again to my hometown club."
Alan Pardew: "I'm delighted to bring John on board. He has an excellent track record as a coach and of course knows this club very well. It was crucial for me that I brought in an assistant who I knew would work well with the current coaching team. It's a short term deal at the moment in order that I can get to know John better. If things go well, we can make it a longer term appointment come the summer."
"You can’t disguise the link with Sir Bobby. He was here alongside Sir Bobby during those great years. Those are the years that we want to bring back. John fits in perfectly with what we have here. I couldn’t think of anybody better. The great thing is that John can help guide me and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes of the past. The fans can trust him with the team because he is Newcastle United through and through."
Andy Carroll: "I'm really pleased that he's back. I played under him at the Academy. I learnt a lot from him. He was always very good with me. I'm grateful for the part he's played in where I am now. He's from round here and knows what the club is all about. He's a great lad. I consider him a great friend."
Kevin Nolan celebrates his fourth derby goal of the season
16th January 2011 - Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 12.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Smith (Guthrie 37), Gutierrez (Gosling 90), Best (Lovenkrands 88), Ameobi - Subs not used: Krul, Routledge, Perch, Ranger.
Scorer: Nolan (52) - Attendance: 47,869
Alan Pardew: "I enjoyed that atmosphere. We have taken four points from the derby this season and we look forward to the next one. I am frustrated. I thought the players had a good mentality, started fast and on the front foot. The first half was like a derby with nothing really happening, but the second half was excellent. We were so negative in our approach at Stevenage. This time we got a grip of it in the second half. We could have got a second. What cost us was a lot of injury time. It feels like a defeat in the dressing room. But my message was, when you lose key players you have to perform. We did. I’m sure Steve Bruce will say that his team are higher in the league. We still have that to address this season."
11th January 2011 - Red Card Appeal Rejected
Newcastle's appeal against the red card shown to Cheik Tiote in our FA Cup third round defeat at the weekend has been rejected. The midfielder was sent off for a lunging tackle in the 71st minute of the tie.
An FA statement read: "At a regulatory commission hearing today, a claim for wrongful dismissal from Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote was rejected. As a result, Tiote's three match suspension will remain in place. Tiote was shown a red card during Newcastle’s FA Cup Third Round tie against Stevenage on Saturday 8 January."
10th January 2011 - Club Statement
Newcastle United have today notified the FA of its intention to appeal the red card shown to Cheik Tiote in Saturday's FA Cup fixture at Stevenage. The midfielder was sent off by referee Andre Marriner midway through the second half following a tackle on Jon Ashton. A three-match ban would rule Tiote out of matches against Sunderland, Tottenham and Fulham.
"A few in there need to understand what this game is about."
8th January 2011 - Stevenage 3 Newcastle United 1
FA Cup 3rd Round - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage - 5.30pm
Team: Krul, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Barton, Smith (Tiote 58), Nolan, Routledge, Lovenkrands (Airey 78), Best (Ranger 46) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Guthrie, Kadar, Ferguson - Sent off: Tiote.
Scorer: Barton (92) - Attendance: 6,644
Alan Pardew: "I can only say we are sorry for the result. I played the strongest team I could. A few in there need to understand what this game is about. The team was a shadow of the team which played at Wigan and West Ham. The performance level was the problem. They gave us a lot of problems with the pressure and physical side of their game. A few of the lads got caught out tonight. The manner of the defeat was disappointing. We're Newcastle, we expect to win here."
8th January 2011 - Contract Extension For Haris
Young midfielder Haris Vuckic has signed a five and a half year contract extension which will keep him at St James' Park until the summer of 2016.
Haris Vuckic: I've been here a few years now and am very settled. It is good to get the deal sorted. I know I can progress at Newcastle. You will always see 100% commitment from me on the pitch. "
Alan Pardew: "Haris is a player with real potential who we believe could have an exciting future here at Newcastle."
"Brilliant night for him. He deserves it."
5th January 2011 - Newcastle United 5 West Ham United 0
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor (Williamson 46), Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez (Ferguson 66), Lovenkrands, Best (Ranger 64) - Subs not used: Krul, Guthrie, Routledge, Perch.
Scorers: Best (18, 39, 60), Nolan (45), Lovenkrands (63) - Attendance: 42,387
Alan Pardew: "We started fast and the midfield really got a grip. Joey Barton in particular was outstanding. Joey gave as good a midfield display as I’ve ever seen. He kept creating chances and in the end Leon was the main benefactor. It was a great performance from individuals but what pleases me most is the organisation of the team. There's a real structure about us and we looked solid tonight. It was a big result for us and we're really pleased. It puts us in a great position in the league. I’m delighted with the professionalism we showed for 80 minutes. We were top drawer and West Ham didn’t have an answer."
On Leon Best: "Leon had been knocking on my door for the last two weeks telling me that he hasn’t really had an opportunity. Shola pulled out this morning and I called him with the news about half past ten. He couldn’t wait, I could tell on the phone. He kept telling me that he could do it and he’s proven that. Brilliant night for him. He deserves it."
On Andy Carroll: "We have given the answer to anyone who has contacted us that he is not for sale, it's as simple as that. I can't say to you strongly enough that Andy Carroll will not leave this football club in this window, 100%."
"I am delighted to be signing on a permanent basis."
5th January 2011 - Hatem Signs On Until June 2015
Newcastle have announced that Hatem Ben Arfa has turned his season long loan into a permanent move by signing a deal that secures his future at the club until June 2015. An undisclosed fee has been agreed with Marseille.
Hatem Ben Arfa: "I am delighted to be signing on a permanent basis. During my short time at the club I enjoyed playing for the team and for the supporters. This is a great club and I am happy to be committing my future to them. I am getting back to fitness and looking forward to getting back to St James' Park. I have been inundated with messages of support from fans and I want to repay them all with good performances on the pitch later this season."
Alan Pardew: "We're really pleased to have agreed that deal today. The last thing I wanted was for us to lose him when his loan ended. He's a top player. He's shown that in France and in his short time here. Once he's back fit I have no doubt he'll confirm just what a superb player he is."
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "Bringing Hatem on loan earlier in the season was quite a coup. To sign him permanently on a long term deal is even better. Hatem is exactly the type of player that we want here. A young international class player with his best years ahead of him."
3rd January 2011 - Leon Best Not For Sale
Leon Best made his first Premier League appearance in a Newcastle United shirt yesterday, replacing Shola Ameobi for the final thirteen minutes of the match against Wigan Athletic. Leon has been out with an ankle injury since the start of a season that had started so brightly for him with goals against PSV Eindhoven and Carlisle United in pre-season friendlies.
Manager Alan Pardew has moved quickly to rubbish recent reports that he is looking to offload the player in the transfer window.
Alan Pardew: "That’s not true at all. Leon played a really nice cameo at Wigan. It was good to see the fans reaction to him, which I thought was positive and good. He put his life on the line with a couple of challenges out there in the short period he was on."
Kevin Nolan: "We have to give Bestie time. The lad's attitude is fantastic. He's champing at the bit to get in this team. He wants to do well for this club."
Shola Ameobi makes amends for his earlier miss
2nd January 2011 - Wigan Athletic 0 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - DW Stadium, Wigan - 4.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan (Smith 86), Tiote, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Best 77), Lovenkrands (Routledge 70) - Subs not used: Krul, Williamson, Perch, Ranger.
Scorer: Ameobi (19) - Attendance: 15,277
Alan Pardew: "We worked hard and did the right things at the right times. A one nil away win, you take those and it's a good victory for us. I asked them to play a high line, which they carried out, and they made it difficult for Wigan to play their natural game. We stifled them really well. The group has shown all season we're of good character and some of the disciplines we showed were first class. Some of the things that have cost us in the past, we eradicated to a degree. The most important message for a club as big as us is that we should expect to win every game, regardless of the opposition, and then we see where we fall."
On the Shola Ameobi miss: "When you miss a big chance like that you don’t want to miss the next one. It was a simple one, but he still had to put it in."
On the Andy Carroll injury: "He will miss West Ham and I think Stevenage, but talking to the boy, he thinks he is ready for Sunderland already."