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Newcastle United vs West Brom match banter!

October 28th, 2012 | 147 Comments |

Newcaastle United v West Bromwich Albion.
Magpies v Throstles - Who will get the juicy 3 point worm?
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sunday, 28th Oct.
Kick off: 3:00pm
Referee: Chris Foy.
UK TV: None.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s Magpies game against West Bromwich Albion at St James’ Park.

In the Premier League betting stakes, Newcastle United are the favourites this afternoon, with home advantage and Newcastle’s fifth place finish last season seemingly trumping the fact that West Brom are three places higher in the current Premiership table as we go onto this game. However it should be a very tough match between the Magpies and the Throstles, a match which could go either way.

For all the information you’ll ever need in the run up to this game however, please check out my collegue Andy’s excellent match preview, with all the team news, form guides, opinion and such. To that, I will add what Alan Pardew and West Brom manager Steve Clarke, who as you may know was a former Newcastle United assistant, as well as a caretaker very briefly (for one game) after the departure of Ruud Gullit in 1999, holding the fort until Bobby Robson took over for his five year stint as manager. (more…)


Hughton still in a quandary over assistant choice.

October 25th, 2010 | 64 Comments |

Hughton: Still pondering.
Hughton: Still pondering.
Despite much specious gossip that Steve Clarke is nailed on to be the replacement for Colin Calderwood as Chris Hughton’s deputy at Newcastle United, Chris Hughton has revealed that he is still undecided about a replacement for the important position.

He revealed:

“It’s something I have wanted to take some time over,

“I don’t expect to take too long over it, but I haven’t named one yet.

“I have a few in mind, but certainly no decisions have been made yet.”

When asked about the gossip surrounding Clarke, who was previously both an assistant and caretaker manager at Newcastle in 1998-99, Hughton speculated:

“Probably the reason it has been mentioned is because he is a very, very good coach who is available and he has a history at this club.” (more…)