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

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Ashley May Need To Make Big Changes This Summer

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 · 42 Comments

If you compare our current squad with that of Leicester City, especially after we have brought in four new players last month, any independent person would probably rank the Newcastle squad as being better than that of  Leicester City – at least it cost an awful lot more money.

And we currently have Leicester City at the top of the league after 25 games with 53 points and Newcastle in 4th bottom place with 24 points, less than half the total of The Foxes.


Mike Ashley – may need to make some changes
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Why Did It Take Newcastle Two Years To Do This?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 · 17 Comments

Creative midfielder Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle just over two years ago in January 2014 for £20M to PSG and as is usual with these January deals we did not bother to replace him.

His departure left Newcastle with no creative spark in midfield that season and we ended the season losing seven of our last eight league games.

And that had an impact on the next season too, when we picked up just four draws in our first seven games and Alan Pardew was under tremendous pressure.

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Yohan Cabaye – took two years to replace him
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Steve McClaren Lays It On The Line

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 · 10 Comments

Newcastle´s away form is terrible this season, but we did manage a surprise win at Tottenham and a win at Bournemouth when the home side missed five clear opportunities to score and Ayoze Perez scored with a half chance in the first half to secure all 3 points.

In 12 away games we have just a measly 7 points and only six goals scored and have conceded a massive 26 goals including 6 at Manchester City and 5 at Crystal Palace.



Steve McClaren on the sidelines on Saturday
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Newcastle Bought A £23.5M Player In January Transfer Window

Monday, February 8th, 2016 · 124 Comments

Newcastle’s £12M acquisition of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was deemed the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

The Observatory is a team that estimates transfer values based on over 1,500 deals in the top five European leagues since June of 2009.

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Jonjo Shelvey – worth £23.5M
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Madness And Sadness At This Championship Club

Monday, February 8th, 2016 · 26 Comments

Derby County were top of the league in late December but this year they have played six league games and have one win and three draws and have slipped to 5th place in the Championship table, 5 points out of second place and an automatic promotion place.

And they only (only?) reached the fourth round of the FA Cup where they lost 3-1 to Manchester United at home.

In 30 league games manager Paul Clement had managed 13 wins with 12 draws and only five defeats.

But that wasn’t good enough for the Derby Board who have just sacked Paul after only eight months at the club.

As a contrast former Derby manager Steve Mcclaren now the Magpies boss has 13 defeats in only 25 league games and he’s still in the job.

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Paul Clement – sacked today
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