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Match Preview: Can the Toon get back to winning ways against Wolves?

October 24th, 2019 | No Comments |

Newcastle vs Wolves
Wolves: A tough opponent despite some erratic form this season
Time: Sunday 27th October 2019, 2.00pm
Place: St James’ Park, Newcastle
TV: Sky

Toiling in the relegation zone, a win is essential for Newcastle United to move clear of the drop-zone when they host a rigid Wolverhampton Wanderers side known for their defensive strength.

After the euphoria in form of a win against Manchester United, the follow-up narrow loss to Chelsea stung like a bee for the Magpies. Now returning to St. James Park, Steve Bruce’s side aim to take inspiration from the unbridled support to come out on top. (more…)


Time for Newcastle to turn to Andy Carroll?

October 22nd, 2019 | No Comments |

Andy Carroll
Could Carroll make the difference?
On the eve of the current season, new manager Steve Bruce spoke openly about the need to increase Newcastle’s goal output.

They netted just 42 last term, but owner Mike Ashley did – finally – open the purse strings in a bid to address the problem. A club-record £40 million was splashed on Joelinton alone, while wide man Allan Saint-Maximin arrived with a strong reputation from Nice.

It left Bruce feeling confident: “If you’ve got someone at the top end of the pitch that scores, you’re always in the game”, he said. “We have to cause the other teams a threat – we have that threat now.” (more…)


What’s Next for Newcastle Following Carabao Cup Defeat to Leicester City?

August 30th, 2019 | No Comments |

Yoshinori Muto goal
Yoshinori Muto celebrates a rare goal against Leicester
To say that Newcastle have enjoyed a mixed start to the season would be somewhat of an understatement. After Steve Bruce was announced as Rafa Benitez’s successor back in July, it’s clear that the fanbase was divided in their opinions of the future direction that Mike Ashley was looking to take the club in, especially after the departure of Ayoze Perez. An opening day defeat against Arsenal was followed up with a loss against Norwich thanks to three Teemu Pukki goals before the Magpies looked to have found their stride after shocking Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side with a one-goal victory in London.

With reports of poor warm-ups and much more surrounding Newcastle and their new boss, the win over Spurs injected new hope into their passionate supporters. Although a handful of supporters had hoped for a good run in this season’s Carabao Cup, the spirited display against Leicester City which ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat has highlighted that their application and spirit cannot be questioned. As a result of that, we’re going to consider what the aims should be for the remainder of the season following the recent cup exit. (more…)


Benitez vs Ashley Assessed

August 26th, 2019 | One Comment |

Ashley and Benitez
A rare shot of Ashley and Benitez together.
Rafa Benitez is undoubtedly one of the most likeable and professional managers in football. Despite operating under one of the tightest budgets in the Premier League, the Spaniard produced a minor miracle in guiding The Magpies to a 13th place finish last campaign and 10th the season before that. After their less than acrimonious split over the summer, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley are now locked in a war of words with Rafa Benitez which has so far involved back and forth insults, accusations and other general playground antics. But is Mike Ashley really the bad guy in all of this? Or does Rafa have to take some responsibility for his own actions? (more…)


Newcastle United eager to start Bruce era with a win

August 9th, 2019 | 5 Comments |

Newcastle United v Arsenal match preview.
Another tough start to the season.
Newcastle United welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park on Sunday aiming to kick-off their Premier League season with a victory.

It has been another difficult summer for the Magpies, with off-field shenanigans once again dominating the news agenda.

Rafa Benitez’s departure as manager was inevitable, leaving fans up in arms about Mike Ashley’s continued ownership of the club.

Steve Bruce has been brought in to replace the Spaniard and it’s fair to say that the decision went down like a lead balloon with much of the fanbase. (more…)