30th March 2011 - Targeting A Vision
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "Mike Ashley's money has kept this club buoyant. Quite honestly Newcastle United would not be here without him. He has never taken a penny out of the football club but he knows what he has to put in every year and he is keen to grow it. He knows where we want to be and where we should be in four or five years time. We are a very tight unit here and a much better unit than we have been previously. At the end of the day Mike is a football fan, a Newcastle fan and he loves coming here."
"We are starting to get the stability we need into the football club both financially and within the squad. That would give us the security that the club and the playing side needs. We need to get that stability back including on the managerial side. Our vision for the club is to finish 10th or above every year. That is our target, we want to be challenging for Europe every single year."
Loans from the owner have been and remain interest free
30th March 2011 - On The Road To Financial Stability
The club has filed its annual accounts for the year ended 30th June 2010.
As a result of being relegated to the Championship a refocusing of club finances was required and the financial results reflect this. Relegation saw turnover drop from £86.1 million in 2008/09 to £52.4 million in 2009/10. TV and Media revenue fell from £37.6 million in 2008/09 to £16 million in 2009/10. Player trading resulted in a loss of £17.1 million compared to £15.2 million the previous year. The Club made an operating loss for the year of £33.5 million compared to £37.7 million in 2008/09.
Despite relegation gate receipts improved. The club had the fourth highest football attendance in England with an average league attendance of 43,388. New sponsorship deals were secured with kit supplier Puma and shirt sponsor Northern Rock building commercial and sponsorship revenues for the future. Operating costs were reduced from £98 million in 2008/09 to £74.4 million in 2009/10 as the club strived to ensure that it operated within the limits of its financial resources. A significant restructuring of the playing staff resulted in wage costs falling from from £71.1 million to £47.5 million.
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "Relegation presented a considerable challenge for us financially. We needed to cut our operating costs without jeopardising our ability to return to top flight football straight away. We succeeded in reducing our wage bill considerably whilst maintaining the basis of a Premier League squad. It has been a significant achievement to keep our overall loss at a level similar to the year before despite the impact of relegation. Our ability to do this has been helped immeasurably by the continued financial support of Mike Ashley who injected a further £42 million into the Club last year interest free."
The overall level of debt between the start and end of the financial year remained at £150 million. Bank borrowings fell by £25 million being replaced by a £25 million increase in loans from Mike Ashley. Loans from the owner totalled £139.8 million at the year end. All have been and remain interest free. The owner also advanced a further £13 million to the club to finance the amounts due from other clubs in respect of the transfer of player registrations.
29th March 2011 - Kansas City Friendly Date
The official website of Sporting Kansas City has announced that they are to play an international friendly against Newcastle on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman: "We are excited to bring a club that has such a passionate following and we are hopeful that their great fans will join us in Kansas City on July 20th."
Alan Pardew: "We’re planning a few days training in Kansas City before the game which will form an integral part of our build up for the season. We know what a tough game it will be for us but that is the sort of challenge we will be looking for. Myself and the team are really looking forward to coming to America in the summer and playing against Sporting Kansas City. "
"My husband would be thrilled to have this train named after him."
29th March 2011 - The Sir Bobby Robson Locomotive
An East Coast train has been named after former Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson. The 'Sir Bobby Robson' is a Class 91 electric locomotive, number 91109. Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie Robson, former captain Alan Shearer patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity and Elaine Holt chairman of East Coast performed the train naming ceremony at Newcastle Central Station this morning.
Lady Elsie: "I think my husband would be surprised and thrilled to have this train named after him. He travelled frequently by train so I feel this is very appropriate. My family and I appreciate the gesture."
Chairman of East Coast Elaine Holt: "Sir Bobby was a regular train traveller between the North East and London during his management career and beyond. We are honoured to name the first of our prestigious locomotives Sir Bobby Robson in memory of such a legendary figure. He was loved by many of our staff, particularly those at Durham and Newcastle stations who remember him with great affection."
28th March 2011 - Taking Calls
Alan Pardew has been speaking on BBC Radio Newcastle. The manager took part in a question and answer phone in session tonight.
On new signings: "They are out there but you have got to work really hard. The players I have approached would love to come to play with 52,000 roaring them on. Players who have got a chance of Champions League football in France, Belgium and Holland play in front of 10,000 people week in, week out. Here you can play in front of 50,000 every weekend. You have got to be inspired by that."
On Mike Ashley: "He doesn't want to put his investment into this club to come here and lose games and be abused. There's no point him paying for me and my staff to fly around Europe if he had no interest in buying players. I say to Mike he should speak to the fans but it's not in him. He wants to make this a success. Hopefully he's going to prove that."
28th March 2011 - Stamford Bridge Date Change
Our final away league fixture of the season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is to be shown live on Sky Sports. The game has been switched from Saturday 14th May to Sunday 15th May 2011 with a 1.30pm kick-off.
"Shane has done brilliantly. He was excellent at Stoke."
26th March 2011 - The One Positive From Stoke
Young Shane Ferguson came on as a substitute against Stoke City last weekend and produced a display that won him many plaudits. His performance at the Britannia Stadium was the only positive for the travelling fans who were subjected to a totally unacceptable display from their side. From appalling goalkeeping through to an anonymous strike force the application and desire of young Shane further highlighted the less than satisfactory attitude of a number of the senior playing staff currently employed at the club.
Shane Ferguson: "I was ready. I knew Jose was coming back from injury. I knew he could be struggling and after 20 minutes I got my chance. If I get another one, I’ll take it. I’ll get up and support the midfield. I know I can do that. My aim’s to get as many crosses and shots in as I can."
Alan Pardew: "Shane has done brilliantly. He was excellent at Stoke. He is being asked to play before he has really had a chance to get a feel for the Premier League. It’s a little before his time if I’m honest but he has done fantastically well. He has not looked out of place."
John Beresford: "Shane’s got pace and movement. He works the ball and likes to take people on. With all that at his disposal he could go a lot further in the game. You don’t necessarily have to be big and strong as a full back. What I’ve seen of Shane is very promising."
23rd March 2011 - Manchester United Date Confirmed
Our home league meeting with Manchester United will be played on Tuesday 19th April with a 7.45pm kick-off and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Steve Harper is easily beaten for a fourth time
19th March 2011 - Stoke City 4 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - Britannia Stadium, Stoke - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, Campbell (Gutierrez 65), Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique (Ferguson 23), Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Ranger 60) - Subs not used: Krul, S Taylor, Guthrie, Kuqi.
Attendance: 27,505
Alan Pardew: "I am disappointed with the scoreline. I thought we were unlucky to be 1-0 down at half-time as we controlled much of the tempo. The first five minutes of the second half cost us the game. Harper made an error. We conceded a second and from that moment on we had a mountain to climb. The scoreline is going to put some pressure on us. It is one of those days you would like to forget as a manager. We've been conscious we've never been far from the relegation zone but I think we have enough quality to win the next game and give ourselves some breathing space."
19th March 2011 - Manager Wants Fixture Review
Prior to the game at Stoke City this afternoon Newcastle will have gone fourteen days without a first team fixture. Another two week break then follows before Wolverhampton Wanderers come to St. James' Park. Manager Alan Pardew feels that the F.A. need to review the fixture list in an attempt to prevent another stop start campaign next season.
Alan Pardew: "This game had a two week break leading up to it and we’ve got a two week break after it. The experience of the players that I have means we can cope with that hopefully. It’s not ideal really. We have the best part of the month with just one game. It can’t be right."
13th March 2011 - New Date Required
A new date will have to be found for our home league meeting with Manchester United which was scheduled for Saturday 16th April. Following victory over Arsenal yesterday the Old Trafford club will now be in F.A. Cup semi final action over that weekend.
"You feel very honoured. It's a great award to pick up."
8th March 2011 - Sports Personality of the Year
The annual Sport Newcastle Awards took place in the Civic Centre last night. Captain Kevin Nolan was named Sports Personality of the Year.
Kevin Nolan: "I was delighted to get the award. When you find out you have won something like that you feel very honoured and very humble. It was a big surprise when I heard I was up for it. It's a great award to pick up. I have to keep doing what I'm doing and prove to the people that I love this club and city as much as they do."
Malcom Dix Sport Newcastle: "Kevin Nolan was an outstanding skipper of the Championship winning team and has demonstrated his goalscoring skill in the Championship and again in the Premier League this season."
Leon Best opens the scoring against Everton
5th March 2011 - Newcastle United 1 Everton 2
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, S Taylor (Ferguson 65), Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique (Ameobi 43), Simpson, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Kuqi 85), Lovenkrands - Subs not used: Krul, Guthrie, Perch, Richardson.
Scorer: Best 23 - Attendance: 50,128
Alan Pardew: "When we took the lead we looked comfortable but we didn’t lock in when we were attacking and got caught twice. It was a fantastic effort from the team in terms of character and the players that were introduced gave absolutely everything without getting anything out of the game."
"I’m pleased with the squad players who performed today but at this level you need your best players on the pitch and unfortunately we didn’t have that today. There’s no lack of belief in our camp or any problem other than that we’ve probably got too many injuries to senior players who are important. That second half was a fantastic effort by us. I’m proud of the players for that but that little bit of quality was missing today at times."
"Shane Ferguson is so slight at the moment, we are trying to do the steak and milk trick and every other carbohydrate we can get into him to fatten him up a little bit. I’m buoyed by Fergie’s performance. Perhaps when Enrique came off I could have brought him on. It was only his youth and the fact that he hasn’t got any experience in a game like that which held me back but he’s got talent and he showed that."