"I'm delighted to be with Newcastle for the next five years."
27th May 2011 - Long Term Deal For Wee Fergie
Shane Ferguson has signed a new five year contract with the club. The youngster joined Newcastle in July 2007 from Derry City aged sixteen.
Shane made his first team debut in the Carling Cup against Accrington Stanley back in August with his league debut following in January of this year when he came on as substitute in the 5-0 home win over West Ham United.
Shane Ferguson: "I'm delighted to be with Newcastle for the next five years. I'm really happy. It's a great thrill to play for the club. I've enjoyed this season and the new contract has been the icing on the cake for me."
Alan Pardew: "Shane has surprised me in terms of the speed of his development. It’s all very well catching the eye in training but he’s done it in the cut and thrust of a Premier League game. To go out and play amongst men is what it’s about. It’s a good sign that he’s been able to do that at such an early stage of his career. He produced a couple of really good performances and they suggest he’s going to be in and around the team next season. There’s nothing better than producing a player yourself and watching him grow and progress in the first team."
27th May 2011 - The Alan Pardew Interview
Having just guided the club to Premier League safety and facing an important summer attempting to strengthen the playing squad, manager Alan Pardew has been giving his thoughts on his first few months at St. James' Park.
Winning the fans over: "There is only one way and that’s winning games. With a club of this size that’s what we should expect every week. I have tried to be honest and open with the press and media so they know what is going on. The vision I have is simple, attacking football looking to win the game."
The fans: "The support here is phenomenal. You feel it in and around the city and standing on that sideline at St. James' Park. There’s been a few occasions where the stadium comes alive and takes players above the level they can play at. It’s an unbelievable thing."
The mid table finish: "In terms of what happened losing Ben Arfa to injury and the sale of Andy Carroll we have done extraordinarily well. Players stepped up to the plate and have been fantastic to work with."
Next season: "Next year will be difficult for us. We need to get momentum and improve on our squad by bringing in some key offensive players. We need a bit of pace in the team. We would love to invest wisely in a player that we think will score us a lot of goals."
The transfer market: "It’s fraught with dangers and difficulties. We could play safe, finish 14th or 15th for the next 4 or 5 years but where is the ambition in that? The chairman wants to be a bit risky and hope that we can get players that can take us a lot better than that. That is what we are trying to find."
Exciting the fans: "We are going to have Ben Arfa back but we are certainly going to need two more of that ilk. This year it’s been a team effort. This club has a history of fantastic individual players. Next year we need a few more players in that group."
"A lot of history between Joey and the board."
27th May 2011 - The Joey Barton Contract Saga
The ongoing saga of the Joey Barton contract negotiations have continued this week. Joey’s current deal expires in June 2012 and reports suggest that he was prepared to accept a pay cut in return for an extension to his current contract. It seems that the length of the extension offered by the club did not match that which the player and his agent were hopeful of securing.
It is reported that talks between the club and the players representatives stalled during the season and both parties agreed they should be put on hold until the end of the campaign.
Agent: "We left it that we would discuss it at the end of the season. I got a call to come up. I met with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley and they indicated Joey will not be offered a new contract. It was a very short meeting. I think he’s made his mind up to stay at Newcastle until the end of next season. The only way Joey will stay after that is if there are new owners."
Alan Pardew: "There was a lot of history between Joey and the board before I arrived. I spoke to Joey. We were both resigned that this contract was going to be a problem. We thought we’d agreed and there was a change of heart. I knew it would be a problem to come back from that. Unless it changes over the summer and there’s a bid in that the board, myself and Joey feel works for Joey, I think he will be here for the start of the season. Joey pulled all the way through and he’ll pull next year, even in his last year."
"I would love to help bring silverware to St James’ Park."
26th May 2011 - Kevin Nolan Speaks
Kevin Nolan has been talking about life at Newcastle United.
This season: "We have done okay but we could have done more. At the start of the season the only criteria was to finish in 17th place or above. We have achieved that so in a sense that has been success."
Next season: "We would love to win a trophy. It has been too many years. I would love to help bring silverware to St James’ Park. We have amazing fans. They deserve it. They have followed their team through some dark times."
Competitive spirit: "We have been a hard team to beat all season. We have been consistent. We have had good performances and some average performances but we are always tough to play against."
Goals: "Scoring goals is a team game. I get on the end of chances but other players have made huge contributions. Just because one person scores doesn’t mean others aren’t doing their job."
Joey Barton: "Joey has had a brilliant season. His consistency has been amazing. His work rate is fantastic. You don’t have to be a genius to realise what a great player he is. He is great to have around the club."
Youth: "I think we have a lot of very talented kids. We have some terrific youngsters coming through at Newcastle."
"I will never forget the way the people took to me here."
26th May 2011 - A Message From Shefki
Shefki Kuqi: "I've played for a few clubs but this one is amazing. It is the best I have ever played for. I was gutted not to score a goal for this Club. I will never forget the way the people took to me here. The squad made me so welcome and the fans were brilliant to me. They wished me good luck. That is what Newcastle is all about. Friendly people who love their football. I won't ever forget it. This Club will stay in my heart."
25th May 2011 - Two Released
Newcastle have released Shefki Kuqi and Sol Campbell.
Finnish international striker Shefki Kuqi was signed as emergency cover following the sale of Andy Carroll on transfer deadline day last January. Shefki made six substitute appearances during his brief spell at the club.
Alan Pardew: "He came here to show people what he could do. The opportunities for him were scarce. He was frustrated at not getting on as much as he wanted. The sad thing is he really took to the place. He loved the people and the area. I have wished him well."
Defender Sol Campbell has also departed. The 36 year old, signed last summer by then manager Chris Hughton made eight appearances for the club. His last outing came in a poor performance at Stoke in March.
Alan Pardew: "Sol's gone and good luck to him. He has been an icon in the game but he didn't feature too much here."
22nd May 2011 - A Different Level Of Football
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has returned to St. James' Park following the completion of his season long loan deal at Glasgow Celtic. The youngster has been told by manager Alan Pardew that he will start on a level playing field with fellow keepers Tim Krul and Steve Harper when pre-season training gets underway in a few weeks time.
However, the manager has warned 23 year old Fraser that becoming a first team goalkeeper in the Premiership will be far more difficult than keeping goal for a team in Scotland.
Alan Pardew: "He's coming back to a completely different level of football. We have watched him all year. We've been very disappointed with the quality of the games, other than the occasional Rangers versus Celtic game. Even some of those have been poor, if I'm honest."
Steven Taylor celebrates his third goal in three games
22nd May 2011 - Newcastle United 3 West Bromwich Albion 3
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Enrique, R Taylor, Barton, Guthrie (Best 73), Ferguson (LuaLua 64), Lovenkrands (Smith 70), Ameobi - Subs not used: Soderberg, Ranger, Tavernier, Kuqi.
Scorers: S Taylor (16), Lovenkrands (39), Olsson (47 og) - Attendance: 51,678
Alan Pardew: "I am disappointed. Some performances were on the button today but others weren't. I thought the game reflected the season for us. We were brilliant at times and rubbish at the end."
"It’s frustrating. We should have seen the game out. We should have won. It's been a great effort this year but we need to improve. In terms of finishing 12th, that's about fair. We need to build on that next year."
"We head to the summer looking for quality players to add to the group. We have a few targets. We need to eradicate the inconsistency. Quality players bring consistency. That’s always been the rule."
21st May 2011 - Now It's About Recruitment
Alan Pardew has revealed that Mike Ashley travelled to Tyneside this week to discuss transfer targets for next season.
Alan Pardew: "Mike came and we talked about certain players and values and the strategy and how the summer scouting is going to progress. I felt buoyed by the meeting. I was quite satisfied. Now it’s about recruitment and making sure the squads stronger. It’s quite obvious at this time we can’t compete with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and the top four."
"We could attract a squad here I know would keep us safe in this division but that’s not what Mike wants and it’s not what I want. We want to try and excel. We have to try and take a few chances with players that will keep us in the division but who might take us on to that next level."
"He wants to push as high as we can but he knows we can’t compete with the top clubs in terms of the players they can afford and the money they’re talking about. We’re going to be realistic in our aims but we’re going to aim high within the realism of our situation."
Shola and Sammy Ameobi applaud the travelling Newcastle fans
19th May 2011 - There's Only Two Ameobi's
"There's only two Ameobi's" was the chant from our travelling support at Stamford Bridge last Sunday as 19 year old Sammy Ameobi came off the bench to join older brother Shola in first team action. Sammy and Shola became the first brothers to play in the same league side for Newcastle since Ted and George Robledo way back in 1952.
Sammy Ameobi: "I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. I couldn’t believe it when the gaffer called my name out. I never thought I’d be coming on. To be on the same pitch as my brother made it even more special. It has been a wonderful experience. Hopefully I will be in the squad for West Brom and be able to add to it. Then next season develop from there. That’s the aim."
Shola Ameobi: "It was fantastic for Sammy. He did what he had to do really well. Sammy’s worked really hard and he’s getting his rewards now."
Alan Pardew: "Sammy was great for the reserves last week. He’s got so much to learn, but he’s got talent. He’s a different player to Shola, he can travel with the ball and has quick feet. He’s a player for the future for us."
18th May 2011 - 2010/11 Man Of The Season Award
Congratulations to Joey Barton who has been voted the Scottish Mags Man of the Season for 2010/11. Runner up for the second year running was Kevin Nolan who finished just ahead of third placed Cheik Tiote. Joey will receive his award prior to the West Bromwich Albion match this Sunday.
Steven Taylor watches his stoppage time equaliser hit the net
15th May 2011 - Chelesa 2 Newcastle United 2
Premier League - Stamford Bridge, London - 1.30pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Gutierrez (Ranger 76), Barton, R Taylor, Ferguson (LuaLua70), Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Sammy Ameobi 82) - Subs not used: Soderberg, Smith, Tavernier, Kuqi.
Scorers: Gutierrez (10), S Taylor (92) - Attendance: 41,739
Alan Pardew: "We set the team up with a view that we could hurt Chelsea. The players were excellent today. We’ve got a bit more than spirit. Our two center halves were outstanding. I was thrilled with some of the younger players’ performances. It was a just result."
"The focus now is to try and beat West Brom. If we beat them we have a possibility of a top ten finish. That would be outstanding. You have to admire the squad and the staff. You’ve got to give that support hope and belief. A performance like that will give the owner belief as well."
"Newcastle is a big club. We want to attract big players and bring on young players. Those are the advances you need if you want to be successful."
"The important thing at the end of the season is to have a positive outlook on games. There were a lot of young players in the team but they were prepared to try and win the game. We want to win games at tough places like this."
"We knew our fans paid good money at Liverpool and got let down. Today we threatened Chelsea. We got in behind them more than we did at Liverpool and had so many chances for an away team. We would have been really disappointed not to get a result."
14th May 2011 - Tim Gets The Call
Goalkeeper Tim Krul has been included in the Dutch squad which will travel to South America at the end of the season. This will be the 23 year old's first involvement in the senior squad. The trip will see Holland take on Brazil and Uraguay at the start of June.
14th May 2011 - Friendlies Update
Newcastle will take on Conference side Darlington in a pre-season friendly at the Northern Echo Arena on Friday 15th July. Kick-off will be 7.45pm.
Our pre-season friendly against Leeds United at Elland Road has now been confirmed as a 2.00pm kick-off on Sunday 31st July.
Our confirmed 2011/12 pre-season schedule currently reads as follows:
15/07/11 - Darlington (away) - 7.45pm
20/07/11 - Sporting Kansas City (away) - 7.30pm local time
23/07/11 - Orlando City (away) - kick-off to be announced
26/07/11 - Columbus Crew (away) - 7.30pm local time
31/07/11 - Leeds United (away) - 2.00pm
"Andy should be applauded. He will always be welcomed back."
7th May 2011 - Well Said
Managing Director Derek Llambias has criticised the supporters who subjected Andy Carroll to abuse at Liverpool last weekend.
Derek Llambias: "I was disappointed with the negative treatment some of our supporters gave our former number nine Andy Carroll. Andy faced a barrage of insults which he most certainly did not deserve. The abuse he received was difficult to stomach after everything Andy brought to our club, and I only hope he didn’t pay too much attention to the taunts directed at him."
"Andy came up through the Academy and played a pivotal role for this football club whilst he was here. His goals, coupled with his popularity in the dressing room, were integral to everything we achieved last season in gaining promotion and it was fitting that he ended the campaign as our top scorer."
"Andy is a Geordie lad and a lifelong Newcastle United supporter. He worked his socks off for this football club, eventually reaching the ultimate goal in landing the much coveted number nine shirt. The 11 goals he scored for us this season have helped stabilise the club in the Premier League. Andy should be applauded for the great things he helped us achieve at Newcastle."
"I speak for everyone at the club when I say he will always be welcomed back at St. James’ Park with open arms. Andy has moved on now, amicably, to pastures new. The club received a British record transfer fee which was the eigth highest in history. We wish him well."
A determined Danny Simpson versus Birmingham City
7th May 2011 - Newcastle United 2 Birmingham City 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands (Ranger 71), Ameobi - Subs not used: Harper, R Taylor, Ferguson, Donaldson, Tavernier, Kuqi.
Scorers: Ameobi (36 pen), S Taylor (43) - Attendance: 47,409
Alan Pardew: "I am pleased. It has been a difficult week. We were disappointed with Liverpool. We lost our focus a little bit in training but they were focussed today. Losing would have made things a bit jittery for us. We needed to be professional. We were in the second half. Overall I am delighted with 44 points because we are in the top ten with two games to go."
"Steven Taylor and Joey were the two best players on the pitch today. Steve was excellent. He deserved his goal, really attacking a cross. I wasn't particularly pleased with his celebration, going off on his own, but it was a great goal. Every quality cross coming in was from Joey. He was outstanding."
"It's important we keep the feeling with the fans. I’ve got the owner talking to agents and players. We need three or four players who can get the fans off their seats. That's the type of player we are looking at to take us beyond where we are at the moment. Hopefully we can bring in one or two of them."
"The fans know this team is not filled with big names but it has been resilient and shown character when it needed to. I think we can get stronger from this point. We have got a good feeling at the football club. It is important to keep everything going forward."
7th May 2011 - A Warning To The Slackers
Alan Pardew has admitted he was alarmed to see signs his players were slacking off in training this week and immediately delivered a stiff rebuke to those guilty of a drop in standards. His strict disciplinarian approach was fuelled by his sides meek performance at Liverpool last weekend.
Alan Pardew: "Making sure we don’t coast for the rest of the season is something I've got to focus on. We have a professional respect that we handle ourselves very well in these remaining games. It's about finishing strongly and making a point."
The manner in which Newcastle were defeated at Liverpool last weekend angered a section of the club’s support and the manager is aware that situation needed to be addressed: "We did a lot of things very well at Liverpool but we had a lot of criticism regarding our attitude to the game. We need to put that right. There is an end of season feel to things which I’m not particularly happy about. We want to make sure our fans go away in the summer looking forward to next year. These next two home games are very important to me. They should be to everybody."
5th May 2011 - Season Cut Short for Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson will not feature in the remaining three games of the season after breaking a bone in his right forearm during training this morning.
Alan Pardew: "He hurt his arm in the gym. It's a freak injury and unfortunate for the big fella. He is going to miss the end part of the season. He has a slight weakness on that arm which he has hurt before. Obviously, he is disappointed. He wanted to finish the season with us. He can rest in the knowledge that he's had a great first year in the Premier League."
Captain Kevin Nolan models the new 2011/12 home kit
4th May 2011 - New Home Kit
Our new home kit for the 2011/12 season was unveiled today. The design sees a slight alteration to the traditional stripes. Also available is a limited edition home shirt featuring a gold Newcastle United crest. This shirt is only available to Toon Army 12th Man Members on a first come first served basis.
3rd May 2011 - Jose Refusing To Get Distracted
The future of Jose Enrique has been the source of much uncertainty recently. With his current deal running until the end of next season his long term future should become a lot clearer when contract extension talks with the club get underway at the end of this season. For the present Jose is refusing to get distracted by any speculation.
"I’m concentrating on playing for Newcastle United. We haven’t spoken about contracts yet. I don’t want to say more about that. I’m happy with that and I’m happy here."
Jose has won plenty of plaudits for his endeavours in helping the club recover from relegation two years ago.
"It’s hard for players like me, Jonas, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan. We've played with big names before, like Mark Viduka, Michael Owen and players like that and we were relegated. With this team we will stay in the division. A lot has changed. This team has fight."
Cheik Tiote in midfield action at Anfield
1st May 2011 - Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - Anfield, Liverpool - 12.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, Enrique (Ferguson 90), Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands (Ranger 73), Ameobi (Kuqi 82) - Subs not used: Harper, R Taylor, S Taylor, Tavernier.
Attendance: 44,923
Alan Pardew: "We need a bigger squad. We’re under no illusions. Our squad is pushed at times. We need to up the competition in terms of players coming in. Our strikers and our attacking players could be improved. The quality wasn’t good enough. I can’t talk about positives when we have lost badly. We will have to bounce back. The spirit is fine. We’ve got two games that are winnable and a tough one against Chelsea."
"After a fast start by Liverpool where they got the goal, we were patient, we kept the ball, we couldn’t quite find that moment to get ourselves a goal before half time. We played well in that period and we took the emphasis away from Liverpool in terms of their exuberance and their movement. We had some good moments after losing a disappointing early goal. We affected the game a little bit but not the scoreline."