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Is Ben Arfa ready to start against Wigan?

October 19th, 2011 | 97 Comments |

Hatem Ben Arfa: Ready for a starting place?
Ben Arfa: Ready for a starting place?
Hatem Ben Arfa has had a somewhat unfortunate time on Tyneside thus far, but with his injuries now hopefully behind him, will we see him make his first Premier League start this weekend against Wigan Athletic?

You may remember the 3rd of October 2010, when a psychopathic Nigel De Jong decided to attempt a ‘tackle’ on our French-Tunisian play-maker, resulting in Ben Arfa sustaining two breaks in his right leg (tibia and fibula). The road to recovery was long, and despite Alan Pardew’s hope of Ben Arfa returning before the seasons end. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see him in action again that season.

Pre-season began prior to the 2011 – 2012 season, and Ben Arfa played in our first friendly, a 2-0 victory at Doncaster. Ben Arfa lined up as one of a midfield five, playing just behind loan striker Leon Best in a 4-3-2-1 formation. As United began their tour of the U.S.A, many of us must have thought it would be the perfect opportunity for Hatem to settle back down into the first eleven. Unfortunately again, he was victim of another injury, this time damaging his ankle in a match versus Sporting Kansas. (more…)


Pardew speaks on Ashley’s West Brom hissy fit.

October 18th, 2011 | 121 Comments |

Mike Ashley.
Ashley:Turned his back on Pardew for two months?
It’s somewhat of a rare occurrence to hear from Alan Pardew, as it’s not often he conducts interviews…

Obviously, I’m being extremely sarcastic, and Alan Pardew has been talking once again, this time in regards to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias. I’m not entirely sure where the interview originated from, but I picked it up via the Sky Sports website.

Interestingly, Pardew not only talks inevitably about the “efficient” job Mike Ashley is doing with Newcastle United’s finances, but also there is a little bit about last seasons final game, the 3-3 draw at home to West Brom. That game consisted of Newcastle having a 3-0 lead at one stage, only to be pegged back. This resulted in Newcastle dropping from a potential 8th placed finish, and ending up finishing in 12th.

Rumours circulating at the time said that Mike Ashley was extremely upset with the failure to protect that three goal lead, but these rumours were quickly dispensed. From Pardew’s recent comments I’ve included below, you’ll see that Ashley was indeed slightly annoyed with the result.

Pardew begins: (more…)


Meet the new mission statement; Same as the old mission statement?

October 17th, 2011 | 52 Comments |

Newcastle United mission statement.
Same master plan for world domination.
In the wake of Newcastle United’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon, Managing Director, Derek Llambias, has released another club statement.

The statement once sgsin highlights the clubs finances, summer transfers, youth development, managing / coaching staff, training facilities and supporters. Basically, I’m still struggling to dissect the differences between this statement, and the recent Q&A with the Evening Chronicle a few months back.

Either way, it’s good to have some communication from boardroom to fans, and below I have included the whole statement for your viewing pleasure. I hasten to add also that the statement, unsurprisingly, has a little bit of information about our new under-soil heating.

Enjoy…

Introduction

Now that the summer transfer window has closed and the new Premier League season is underway, the board of Newcastle United Football Club wish to present this review of our progress and set out our aims for the 2011/12 campaign and beyond. (more…)


Alan Pardew’s St James’ Park Fortress?

October 14th, 2011 | 60 Comments |

St James' Park yesterday.
St James' Park yesterday.
Has St James Park started to become a ‘fortress’ since Alan Pardew took the managerial reigns, starting from his first match against Liverpool on the 11th of December 2010?

If we cast our minds back to the 2009 – 2010 Championship winning season under Chris Hughton, Newcastle managed to complete the season without loss at St James’ Park. In fact, Newcastle only suffered four defeats in the league that entire campaign. I remember Newcastle having a reasonably easy ride at home that season, largely due to the quality of squad we possessed in comparison to the rest of the league, though I do recall West Brom giving us a scare, in our 2-2 draw towards the latter stages of the season.

Newcastle’s first match at home in the Premier League the following season, consisted of a 6-0 thumping of Aston Villa. With United seemingly continuing their fantastic home form, you would have been forgiven for thinking Newcastle would ease past their next home opponents, Blackpool, and extend their unbeaten home run on Tyneside to an impressive 26 games in all competitions. (more…)


Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur match preview

October 14th, 2011 | 39 Comments |

Harry Redknapp.
'Arry boy: "No income tax, no VAT..."
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sunday, October 16th, 2011.
Kick-off: 4:00pm.
Referee: Lee Probert.
TV:Sky Sports 1 / HD.

Hurrah! The Premier League is back this weekend, with Harry Redknapp bringing his Spurs side up to the north-east on Sunday, to face Alan Pardew’s undefeated Newcastle United. The match is scheduled for live broadcasting, courtesy of Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD 1.

The Magpies are currently flying high in 4th position at present, and have yet to taste defeat this term in their seven opening league games, as well as being undefeated in their two away ties in the League Cup. At St James’ Park, Newcastle have played three matches, winning two (Fulham and Blackburn), and drawing one (Arsenal). United have scored five goals at home this term, conceding two.

Tottenham started the season with a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, followed by a 5-1 mauling by Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Their next Premier League duel was at Wolves, where they prospered 2-0. A thrashing of Liverpool 4-0 at home was then followed by a 2-1 victory at Wigan. Their last league game was the north London derby, where they dispensed of Arsenal 2-1, thanks to goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart and Kyle Walker. Away from home, Tottenham have played three and won two (scoring four and conceding four).

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