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Newcastle vs Wolves preview: Two teams on back of 5 goal stuffings

February 23rd, 2012 | 33 Comments |

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 2011/2012 season.
Wolves at the door on Saturday
Venue: St James’ Park.
Date: Sat 25th Feb 2011.
Kick-Off: 15:00.
Referee: Peter Walton.

Having had a couple of weeks off to banish the ghosts of the 5-0 thumping by Spurs, Newcastle United hope to get back to winning ways when they host Wolves this weekend.

This is the second time I’ve done a match preview when it has been the opposition’s first league game after sacking their manager. Last time is was after Neil Warnock was ‘let go’ from QPR and this time it’s after Mick McMuppet’s dismissal from Wolves.

Wolves haven’t had much luck appointing a new boss yet and have allegedly had two attempts to get Alan Curbishley turned down. Apparently Wolves also asked for permission to talk to Reading manager Brian McDermott but it seems he’s signed a new contract with the Championship club instead (and they’re looking fairly good for a play-off spot themselves). Additionally there’s news today that ex-Rangers manager Walter Smith has told Wolves he’s not interested in the job either. Earlier in the week they said they’d have a manager in place in time for the Newcastle game but that’s looking a bit doubtful now. (more…)