30th November 2011 - Negative Frustrating Joey
Alan Pardew:
“The focus as manager of this club is the team. A team that is doing exceptionally well. Joey’s comments take away the positive nature of what we are doing here. Anybody who takes that limelight away from my players, I'm not particularly keen on, if I'm honest. I keep asking myself why does he keep popping up. Why is he doing it? It’s a bit frustrating. Put it into the perspective of the week we are having and it means nothing really."
30th November 2011 - Live TV Challenge?
Joey Barton: "Seen Llambias' comments, he is crass and has no class. I'll leave it for another day but if he wants to take a polygraph live on TV, let's do it. Not only do I have insurmountable amounts of proof, texts etc. but also about six other players who will concur. Am ready when you are Derek… If he's worried now, him and his fat mate should be shitting it if I decide to write a book. There'll be no holding back on those two muppets."
30th November 2011 - Managing Director Hits Back
Managing director Derek Llambias has responded to recent comments made by Joey Barton.
Derek Llambias: "In a week when one of Newcastle United's most beloved footballers passed away, it is disappointing that once again Joey Barton makes the headlines. We really do not wish to engage in a public war of words. Our legal advisors are dealing with the matter and we encourage Joey to concentrate on his football at Queens Park Rangers. Our thoughts and attentions this week remain firmly with the family and friends of Gary Speed."
30th November 2011 - Joey On His Departure
Joey Barton has suggested that his exit from St. James' Park was down to a disagreement over the club's bonus scheme.
Joey Barton: "Myself and the bigger name players at the time advised the playing staff because we were head of the playing committee not to sign the bonus sheet. It fundamentally cost Chris Hughton his job. He couldn’t get us to sign. We refused. It’s no coincidence I got sold, Carroll and Nolan were sold, Harper is being forced to go on loan, his position made untenable and Alan Smith has been told to train with the reserves for the rest of his days.”
Excellent servant, ultimate professional, exceptional role model
27th November 2011 - Gary Speed
Club Statement:
The board, manager, staff and players of Newcastle United FC are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Gary Speed. Gary was an inspirational and much loved player at Newcastle United during his time with the club from 1998 to 2004, making 285 appearances and scoring 40 goals. He was an excellent servant to the club, the ultimate professional and an exceptional role model for younger players. Gary will be deeply missed by everyone at Newcastle United. Our condolences go out to his family at this very sad time.
John Carver: "Gary was as perfect a professional as you could ever wish to work with, 100 per cent committed, dedicated to his profession, and above all a wonderful colleague and a very dear friend. Gary was an exceptional person. Football has lost a truly great man."
Luke Edwards: The Telegraph
Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson perhaps summed him up best when he described Gary Speed as one of his blue chip players. He did not just mean as a goalscoring midfielder and heartbeat of a side which qualified twice for the Champions League. He did not just mean as a role model to his young players. He meant as a person.
A rare thing in football. Universally liked, respected and admired, he never refused an interview request and never complained about criticism. I have never heard a single player say a bad word about him. An example for everyone to follow, generous with his time, articulate in his opinions, thoughtful with his advice. He was one of the good guys.
Demba Ba slots home the equaliser at Old Trafford
26th November 2011 - Manchester United 1 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Old Trafford, Manchester - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini, Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 64), Cabaye, Guthrie (Perch 74), Gutierrez, Ben Arfa (Lovenkrands 80), Ba - Subs not used: Elliot, Santon, Gosling, Ameobi.
Scorer: Ba (63 pen) - Attendance: 75,594
Alan Pardew: "It was a great day for us. We had a really positive attitude. We have gone toe to toe with the best in the world and came away with a result. The performance was outstanding and I think in the first half we were the better side. When you get a guy sent off you all have to pitch in but we have been doing that all year and that is why we have had the results we have. It was an outstanding display from the goalie and the back four. I have to pay tribute to my players. They can be very proud of themselves."
On the penalty: "It was a great run from Hatem. Demba dispatched it brilliantly. It was one of those situations where you either get the decision or you don't. You could tell there was a good case for a penalty. In real time I thought it was a penalty. You could tell from the players' reaction it was tight. Looking at it again, the ball has changed direction. Whether he took a little bit of Hatem before he took the ball is debatable. I'm sure Sir Alex will be disappointed. I thought we played well enough to deserve a break and on this occasion we got one."
On Tim Krul: "Our goalie had to make three or four big saves today. He was magnificent. He has a very bright future ahead of him."
Danny Simpson: "To come to Old Trafford against one of the best teams in the world for many years and get a point is massive for Newcastle. The way things have been going, especially after losing to Manchester City last week, it is massive to bounce back from that. We didn’t want back to back defeats and credit to the lads, they were superb. To come here and go a goal down it is easy to say we’re going to lose and accept it. We got to 1-1 and then went down to ten men and had to defend for our lives. We kept our heads, kept going and always believed we could get something out of the game."
On the clearance: "My clearance off the line would not have meant anything had we not gone on to get a point. It was just my instinct to be back on the line. To come back here and help my team get a point was brilliant. Especially with ten men. The manager said before the game, it is not about 90 minutes it is about 98 or whatever. The last ten minutes was just wave after wave. There were blocks, clearances, headers. They are known for last minute goals. You have to concentrate. You have to defend well and dig in. People might say we were a bit lucky but it was a great result and it feels like a win."
25th November 2011 - Player Contracts
Manager Alan Pardew has been talking about the contract situation of two defenders at the club.
On Fabricio Coloccini: "I hope we get his new contract signed and I know he will be here as captain for the next three or four years. I admire him as much as a person as a player. There are not many players I would say that about. He’s the perfect character to be captain of this club. He is very influential in everything I want to do. He represents everything I like. He was number one choice to be captain, there wasn’t really a number two in the running."
On Danny Simpson: "My personal preference is for Danny Simpson to sign quickly because he has got a lot of competition in that area. We have got Davide Santon, who is desperate to play. Danny is a player who has broken into the team within the last eighteen months and established himself. He wants to secure his future and contract negotiations are going on. I guess he feels he should be rewarded with a new contract and I agree with that. It will be as dangerous for Danny as it is for us. Really all we're talking about is the figures and that is very difficult at this level. If we can't reach an agreement, he'll have to move on. It's as simple as that."
21st November 2011 - LuaLua Signs For Brighton
Kazenga LuaLua has signed a permanent deal with Brighton. Kazenga had spent this season on loan with the club and had two previous loan spells with the south coast side. The two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee.
Kazenga LuaLua: "It's nice to have sorted out my future. I've been with Newcastle since I was fourteen and that's a long time. I really enjoyed my time with the club. It was a nice club to be playing with and everyone was great to me. The best thing was training with so many great players. It's not easy for a young player to break through at a club like Newcastle but I had a wonderful time, that's for sure. Newcastle has been a great experience for me. I wish them all the best. I hope they keep on going and have a wonderful season."
21st November 2011 - One In One Out
Nile Ranger has completed a loan move to Barnsley. The temporary switch will see the striker remain at Oakwell until 14th January 2012.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper has returned to the club following his one month loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion.
A late consolation goal for Dan Gosling at the Etihad Stadium
19th November 2011 - Manchester City 3 Newcastle United 1
Premier League - Etihad Stadium, Manchester - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini, Cabaye (Perch 85), Guthrie, Sammy Ameobi (Gosling 79), Ba, Ben Arfa (Lovenkrands 76), Gutierrez - Subs not used: Elliot, Santon, Smith, Ameobi.
Scorer: Gosling (89) - Attendance: 47,408
Alan Pardew: "We feel a bit hard done by as the breaks did not really go our way. We had some good chances but it just did not quite work for us. When you’re playing a side as powerful as Manchester City you need to take your chances and you need breaks to go your way. We had two chances at 0-0, a big chance at 2-0, if that had gone in, maybe the mood in the stadium would have changed. It's a minor triumph to keep them within two goals. They're the best side we've played by some distance. The ideas some of the City players present you with, their flair, makes it very difficult for your defenders. I thought Hatem was at that level, I was impressed with him. He created things, burst away from players, kept possession. It was a really good performance. He should be proud of that. We’re a good side. Twenty five points after eleven games speaks for itself. My squad is deeper than last year so we're strong enough to cope with a strong season, which is what we hope to have."
18th November 2011 - Northern Ireland For Fergie
Youngster Shane Ferguson has pledged his international future to Northern Ireland despite recent press speculation that he could have been about to change his allegiance to the Republic.
Shane Ferguson: "My heart is with Northern Ireland and always has been. I've represented them since I was a kid and I want to play for them for as long as I can, that's not going to change. A lot of stuff was said in the past with people thinking I was going to switch to the Republic of Ireland. It was a good decision for me to stay with the country where I was born and raised."
17th November 2011 - New Deal For Sammy
Sammy Ameobi has signed a new three and a half year deal with the club.
Sammy Ameobi: "It means so much. I was born here. I've grown up and watched the club over the years. It's the club that I love. I want games for the first team so hopefully I'll be able to get that experience sooner rather than later. Hopefully I'll come off the bench more and more and maybe get into the first team as a regular. That's my aim over the next three and half years, to develop into a first team regular at Newcastle United."
"Home will always be known as St James’ Park."
10th November 2011 - Newcastle City Council Statement
Councillor Henri Murison: "The name of St James’ Park has been synonymous with Newcastle United football club and the city for more than 130 years. It is recognised around the world and the decision to change it, without consultation, will upset the overwhelming majority of fans who loyally support the team week in and week out. While I understand the commercial reasons for renaming sports venues when they relocate, this is not the case in this instance, and some things are beyond profit when they mean so much to people. The football club is part of the beating heart of the city, and while the council values its relationship with the club, it has no plans to change any existing wayfinding signs which bear the name St James’ Park. As far as the fans and Newcastle City Council are concerned, the home of Newcastle United will always be known as St James’ Park."
10th November 2011 - St. James' Park Renamed
The club have announced plans to seek a sponsor who will be granted full naming rights to St. James' Park. Until such time St. James' Park will be renamed the Sports Direct Arena.
Managing Director Derek Llambias: "In order to deliver success, grow sustainably and invest in our future, we need to rely on commercial income. The board have to maximise all revenue streams for the benefit of the Club. Stadium rebranding offers a lucrative way for clubs to secure significant additional income. To make the proposition as commercially attractive as possible a potential sponsor must be given the opportunity to fully rebrand the stadium. Naming the stadium the Sports Direct Arena helps us to showcase the opportunity to interested parties. Our shirt sponsorship deal with Northern Rock will also expire at the end of this season, which presents would be sponsors with the opportunity to acquire both the naming rights and shirt sponsorship deals."
10th November 2011 - Stating The Obvious
Shola Ameobi on brother Sammy: "He’s got a good brain on him. I can safely say he’s a better player than I am."
8th November 2011 - Sammy Called Up
Sammy Ameobi has been drafted in to the England Under 21 squad for his first call up. The youngsters face Iceland in Colchester tomorrow night and then travel to play Belgium next Monday. Both fixtures are Euro Under 21 qualifiers. A promotion to the senior England squad coupled with two players being declared unfit has forced England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce to make changes to his squad.
Sammy Ameobi: "I won’t take it for granted if I get a chance to play. To get the opportunity is excellent. I’ve always wanted to represent my country."
"That goal was for my new son Henry."
5th November 2011 - Newcastle United 2 Everton 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, Coloccini, S Taylor, Marveaux (Sammy Ameobi 54), Cabaye (Gosling 38), Guthrie, Gutierrez, Best (Ben Arfa 73), Ba - Subs not used: Elliot, Santon, Lovenkrands, Perch.
Scorers: Heitinga (12 og), R Taylor (29) - Attendance: 50,671
Alan Pardew: "It is brilliant to able to say we are unbeaten at this time and we should be very proud of that. We are a new team, we have done terrific and we go to the next game, that’s it. It is a great achievement for everyone at the club, regardless of the role they have here. Everybody believes in each other and trusts each other, from the staff who work at the stadium, to the training ground. It was a difficult game for us today. We started well, as you would expect so did Everton and there were chances at each end. We were really on it when we scored. We got a second goal, a fantastic goal and at that point, we were brilliant for about 15 minutes. I don’t think anyone could have played against us in that period, we worked so hard. Their goal and an injury to Cabaye changed the game. We lost a bit of rhythm when he went off. They got a goal and you sensed the second half was going to be a little bit more of a struggle. Our resilience, our defensive quality and the crowd got us over the line. The substitutions were all forced, they were all injuries and to have players come in and pick up a game at that level is very difficult. Hatem Ben Arfa was superb in that last period of the game to just keep possession and take the ball in, keep it, win a few free-kicks."
On Ryan Taylor: "He’s having one of those seasons. He’s had a baby, he’s scoring wonder goals, and he’s winning champagne. It’s all good, and long may that continue. It was a fantastic goal. It was unstoppable because of the way it dipped. What a great goal, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Good luck to him."
Ryan Taylor: "That goal was for my new son Henry. The gaffer encourages me to shoot every week. You can get chances and today I took one of them. I'm sure he will be delighted just as much as me because he is screaming from the sidelines to shoot whenever I get a chance, so it worked out well. It’s a massive goal for me. It’s right up there, but I’m not sure where. One of the best I’ve scored. If you ask a Newcastle fan they would say anything will be second to the goal at Sunderland."
Danny Simpson: "We’re training hard, working hard and everything seems to be going well. It’s a great feeling at the minute. We’re going into matches full of confidence and we feel like we can beat anyone."
Sammy Ameobi: "To make my debut at St. James’ Park for the first team was a great honour. I had a great reception from the fans and I was honoured. I first saw Shola play here against Chelsea about 10 years ago. Since, it's always been a dream of mine to play in front of so many great fans. To have done that was amazing. I’ll never forget it."
"We have had a great start. We have got a decent side."
3rd November 2011 - A Decent Side
Alan Pardew:
"I can't say I am not slightly surprised by how well we have done. You don't expect to go this far in the Premier League and not be beaten. We have had a couple of shaky games where it was definitely on the cards that we could lose, but we have managed to get something out of the game. We have had a great start and we are showing a lot of sides to us as a team. I think our fans know exactly where we are at. They know we are playing with confidence and that we have got a decent side. How good it is, we don't know. We are just going from game to game at the moment. I don't see the expectation levels rising or going through the roof here. Everybody has got their feet on the ground. We are just hoping we can keep it going."