Archive for author: Frankly Various

Saint-Maximin’s brilliance won’t be enough to keep Newcastle up

September 24th, 2021 | One Comment |

Allan St Maximin
Will ‘the Saint’ be enough to save Newcastle?
There is only one thing that stops the “we want Brucey out” chants at St James Park and that is the expectant roar whenever Allan Saint-Maximin gets on the ball. Indeed, even the most fed-up Geordie will momentarily put his grievances with the manager to one side to appreciate the spectacle that follows.

The French winger breathes life into the terraces of St James’ Park and reminds fans of why they fell in love with the sport in the first place. Indeed, Saint-Maximin’s carefree nature with the ball at his feet is a throwback to simpler times given that his approach is so refreshingly straightforward: run at the opposition and put the fear of God into their backline. (more…)


Why Newcastle Could Face a Tougher Relegation Battle Next Season

July 28th, 2021 | 21 Comments |

Magpies in despair
How a relegated Toon side might look like next May.
A late goal-scoring run from Joe Willock helped power Newcastle to five wins in their last eight fixtures to finish the 2020/21 campaign in 12th place – a full 17 points above the drop zone. Yet, there were times when Steve Bruce’s men looked genuinely in danger of facing the drop. The big question ahead of the new season is: Can the Magpies carry that good form forward and consolidate mid-table status? Or will they regress into relegation candidates once again? (more…)


Are Newcastle on another road to nowhere in 2021/22 campaign?

July 9th, 2021 | No Comments |

Magpies in the mud?
Are the Magpies still stuck in the mud?
Newcastle United finished the 2020/21 campaign on a high note with an impressive run of results that allowed the club to place at 12th in the Premier League. The club has summed up mid-table mediocrity since their return to the top flight in 2017. Dating back further, the Magpies have finished in the top half on only three occasions since owner Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007. (more…)


Magpies Step Up Just in Time to Avoid Disaster

April 23rd, 2021 | 33 Comments |

Wilson, St.Maximin and Willock
Callum Wilson, Allan St.Maximin and Joe Willock
It’s hasn’t always been an easy watch this season, but a run of one defeat in seven games looks to have saved this campaign for Newcastle.

Bookmakers have pushed the Magpies as far out as 14/1 to go down, compared to 1/9 for a Fulham side suddenly in big trouble below them. While the job isn’t quite complete yet, Newcastle fans can breathe a little easier after several months of watching the team play toothless football on its way into a relegation fight. (more…)


Who is New Newcastle United Assistant, Graeme Jones?

February 2nd, 2021 | 2 Comments |

Graeme Jones
Jones: Former right hand man to Roberto Martinez
Despite a good performance against Everton, it has been a poor winter for Newcastle United. It seems the club’s solution is not signing new players in the January transfer window though, but by adding to Steve Bruce’s backroom staff.

Gateshead-born Graeme Jones has joined the Magpies as assistant boss. A forward on the pitch, he began his playing career with non-league North Shields. However, he is best known for firing Wigan Athletic to the fourth-tier title (today known as EFL League Two) in the 1996-97 season. (more…)