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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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This Coach Already Making His Mark At Newcastle

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 · 39 Comments

Ian Cathro arrived as part of Newcastle’s new coaching team under Steve McClaren in June,  and he came with a big reputation for somebody who was only 28 years old.

While he’s getting on a bit now – he turned 29 in early July – he is still young for a coach who was the assistant manager at both Rio Ave and Valencia – his two former clubs – before Steve McClaren persuaded him to join Newcastle, for what would be a new and big challenge for him.

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Ian Cathro – making his mark already at Newcastle
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Who Was Newcastle’s Best Signing Of The Summer?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 · 32 Comments

As far as we can tell, all four senior signings Newcastle made this summer will improve the side, and will be starters for Newcastle this season, and that’s what you want to see with new signings.

It will take time for the lads to settle in of course, and we need more than just four players to build up a very good squad.

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Steve McClaren – needs to meld the side together

More good players will arrive in January and the next summer, according to both Steve McClaren and Lee Charnley, and there seems to be a lot more money to spend.

But to get some feedback from fans, let us know who you think will have the biggest impact on the side – in other words who do you think is the best signing this summer.

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Lee Charnley – We Spent £52.6M Net – We Need To Pull Together

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 · 130 Comments

Lee Charnley has set the record straight on what Newcastle spent in the summer, and it seems Newcastle spent more than we estimated – it’s a net of £52.6M and we had estimated a net of £45.8M with a gross of £50.3M – so that’s off  almost £7M – so we’ll have to do some creative new estimating so at least the net figure comes out at £52.6.

And £51.5M in cash was paid out – that’s the way to do it – none of this paying in yearly installments like we used to do under Freddy Shepherd.

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Lee Charnley – £52.6M net paid out
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Newcastle New Boy Is Made Of The Right Stuff

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 · 108 Comments

There’s been some good news over the last couple of day about our new signing Florian Thauvin, and that is that he stays behind after training to practice those free kicks – much like Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor used to do when they were at Newcastle.

Practice makes perfect – as they say – and we’ve been impressed with Florian’s attitude since he arrived at Newcastle, and he has showed good form in the short time he’s played for the Magpies.

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Florian Thauvin arriving for Arsenal game
Is this a classy guy or is this a classy guy?
We assume his shoes are highly polished too

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Did Newcastle Make Late Move For This England International?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 · 10 Comments

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy are reporting that 34 year-old Ashley Cole turned down a potential move to Newcastle United yesterday on deadline day – but that seems to be a strange move if the report has any truth to it.

For one thing Sadio Haidara has been playing well at left back, although Newcastle are certainly short of full-backs with only three recognized specialist full-backs in the squad – Daryl Janmaat, Sadio and Paul Dummett, who is just returning from a hamstring strain.


Ashley Cole – two year deal at Roma
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18 Year-Old Adam Armstrong Nominated For Award

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 · 90 Comments

Coventry City have nominated Newcastle’s on loan striker Adam Armstrong for the League One Player Of The Month award for August.

This follows Adam’s great start to his six month loan spell at Coventry, when he scored 5 goals in his first three games for the club, and some of them were spectacular efforts.

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18 year-old Adam Armstrong – in Coventry colors
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