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Deep Throat says The Zog is keen on Toon return

June 8th, 2011 | 14 Comments |

N'Zogbia keen to rejoin Newcastle United.
Only left due to Kinnear
A source close to Charles N’Zogbia indicates that the player really wants to return to Newcastle United and only ever left because of Joe Kinnear.

According to The Star, Charles N’Zogbia is most certainly Newcastle-bound, which would seem to suit the voters on this particular blog. As our vote stands as I write this, 80% of readers want The Zog back at the Zoon, although only 33% would pay Wigan’s ‘special’, inflated £12m price for non-Champions League contenders.

The newspaper has sallied forth and hunted down a ‘source close to The Zog’, who had this to say:

Charles never really wanted to leave. It was Kinnear he fell out with, not Newcastle.

He has kept in touch with several of his former team-mates and told them he would love to go back.(more…)

A bit of a round up!

March 28th, 2011 | 111 Comments |

Ben Arfa: Impressed with Newcastle United's support.
Ben Arfa: Impressed with Newcastle United's support.
Righty right, with there being no real football for a couple of weeks, there has been a massive gaping hole in all things Newcastle United F.C. so I thought that a bit of a round up was in order:

It seems that not only the French press (sacred bleu), but the fellow French Professional footballers, particularly the ones up for a move in the summer, and friends and international collegues of one Hatem Ben Arfa have been very immpressed by the way that Hatem has been treated by NUFC during his time injued. Not just because we had the balls to sign the lad whilst injured, but the fact that the Chairman, representatives of the club and even Mike Ashley himself have apprarently been to check on the lads recovery over the months he’s been rehabilitating over in Clairefontaine, the French centre of football excellence.

They seem truly immpressed, honestly, that we’ve pushed the boat out to make the lad aware of how much he is wanted and that he feels part of our great club.

I liked that! (more…)

Is Kinnear right to accuse Newcastle United fans of Cockneyism?

March 17th, 2011 | 46 Comments |

Speaking in an interview this week, former Newcastle United manager, Joe Kinnear has claimed that he didn’t get the credit he deserved because he was a “Cockney”.

Speaking on one of his signings, Kevin Nolan, who was voted the Championship’s player of the year for last season, Kinnear said:

“He was Newcastle’s player of the year last year, but do I get any credit for signing him? No, because I’m a cockney.”

He also reminded fans that he was the man who gave £35 million striker, Andy Carroll his debut, also signed Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor despite having to sell existing players to buy new ones, yet received little or no credit for it.

While there were certainly many laughably incorrect anti London references made in relation to Walsall born and Buckhinghamshire raised owner, Mike Ashley, along with Managing Director, Derek Llambias, and of course, ex Director of Football, Dennis Wise, references to Kinnear’s London roots were much thinner on the ground. The man who could make the greatest claim to being a Cockney, East London born ex manager, Chris Hughton, although derided as a “yes man” who was unfit to manage a club of Newcastle United’s supposed stature in the early days of his management, more or less completely escaped accusations of being a dishonest Cockney “barrow boy” too. Indeed, later on he received much praise for his work in saving the club from Championship purgatory, galvanising the team, winning the Football League trophy in style and making a very decent start on the club’s return to the Premiership. (more…)

Newcastle need to work on a replacement for Calderwood, quickly!

October 19th, 2010 | 52 Comments |

Fancy coming home, John?
Fancy coming home, John?
I think all in all it’s fair to say that yesterday was a rather busy day with regard to activity around the club.

First there was the matter of Andy Carroll having to face court in the morning, then there was the revelation of his strange bail conditions whereby he must live with club captain, Kevin Nolan.

The final piece of action on Tyneside came yesterday when Colin Calderwood called time on his Newcastle career as assistant manager in favour of a move north of the border to manage Hibernian. Personally, I’m not so sure just what Calderwood used to do at Newcastle though. By that I mean I am unsure just how important he has been. It has been Hughton has taken the plaudits whilst Calderwood just got on with things quietly in the background. Nonetheless, Newcastle must act quickly to find a replacement, but just who is that going to be? (more…)

End of the ‘naughties’ for Newcastle? – Happy New Decade from

December 31st, 2009 | 46 Comments |

Howay the New Year!
Howay the New Year!
This time ten years ago, we were staring into a brand new millenium and the late great Sir Bobby Robson was halfway through the first season of his popular reign as manager at Newcastle United. The slightly uninspiring capture of Diego Gavilan was the only January transfer that Robson made and the little Paraguayan never made the impact he would have hoped for at St James’. Sir Bobby, conversely, went on to create one of the most exciting sides of a Toon generation.

Despite falling short as Keegan had done back in the ’90s, with his wealth of experience, Robson played a brand of football that the supporters could once again get behind. And the football wasn’t just good to watch but effective as we flirted with European and domestic success. But of course, the end of his reign was somewhat soured by it’s nature as many fans welcomed the decision feeling he’d lost the dressing room, and he was unceremoniously dumped by Freddy Shepherd.

2000 actually saw Robson get rid of one of our most infamous and old-fashioned bad-boys, Duncan Ferguson, but the new millenium brought the advent of a new type of bad-boy. The ‘noughties’ became the decade of the ‘naughties’ as Robson built his side around ‘bling boys’, such as the likes of Keiron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas, Titus Bramble and Craig Bellamy. (more…)