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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 Man Under Intense Pressure At Newcastle

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 · 21 Comments

We still don’t know if Steve McClaren is a good enough head coach for Newcastle and certainly at the moment with Newcastle on 24 points from 25 games and fourth bottom of the league – the stats would say no.

However, there are definite signs that this Newcastle team may be coming together and certainly in most of the games our players fight for the shirt – and that’s almost always been true at home this season, but less so on the road.

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Steve McClaren on the line against West Ham – a great 2-1 home win
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Newcastle Player Technically Incredible – Reads Game So Well

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 · 6 Comments

When Mike Williamson was at Newcastle for six years he often talked about how he had learned from his center-back partner Fabricio Coloccini – and he always said he thought Fabricio was just a fantastic player and so easy to play with.

Coloccini has been under the microscope this season on Tyneside – and the Newcastle captain came under intense criticism at the start of the season, as we pickled up only 3 points in the first eight league games.

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Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson at Newcastle
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Newcastle Should Take The Lead And Lower Ticket Prices

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 · 225 Comments

In the last financial year through June 30th of last year the graph shown below is the split of revenue for Newcastle between broadcast, commercial and matchday – the total revenue being £128.8M, which was the 17th highest in world football.

Notice that the match day revenue is down to 21% and that was much much higher in years gone by.

This financial year through the end of June is on the same old three year deal and the match revenues should remain around 21% for the financial year ending at the end of June of this year.

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New Signing Tipped To Be Real Star On Tyneside

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 · 55 Comments

It seems that Newcastle got the very best deal of the January transfer window when we brought in Jonjo Shelvey for £12M – and of the four players we brought in – one on loan – Jonjo could be the one that makes the difference between us staying up this season.

The former Swansea, Liverpool and Charlton central midfielder has made a good start to his Newcastle career and against West Ham and West Brom at homes – both wins – Shelvey has been the star and Newcastle have looked a very good side.

Now if we can replicate our home form on the road we have to have a decent chance of avoiding the drop.

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Jonjo Shelvey – in action for Newcastle
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At Least One Out Of Contract Player To Get New Deal

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 · 80 Comments

In an earlier article this morning we talked about six Newcastle players who have contacts running out in June and we said if we were pushed we’d only give the three younger players new deals.

They were Kevin Mbabu, Rolando Aarons and Freddie Woodman and we would let Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and even Steven Taylor leave the club.

It was a very tough call on Steven of course.

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Kevin Mbabu to get new deal at Newcastle
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