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

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Rafa Benitez Not Satisfied – Wants This From His Players

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 15 Comments

Newcastle were not too good in the first half last night in what was a poor game, but there was improvement in the second half and two good goals by Vurnon Anita and forgotten man Yoan Gouffran got Newcastle what seems to be a comfortable win in the end.

But Rafa wants more from his players and the players seemed to back off Southend in that first half and we cannot do that in the Championship.

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Yoan Gouffran scoring Newcastle’s second goal
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Benitez – We’re Doing Things Behind The Scenes – We Are Close

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 4 Comments

There was news tonight that Cheick Tiote will likely be on his way out of Newcastle and be moving to join Al Jazira in the UAE Pro League; the 30 year-old is reported to be negotiating £80K/week wages on a three year deal.

Rafa was interviewed after the 2-0 friendly win at Southend United and he said Newcastle were doing some things behind the scenes and hinted we were close on a few deals.

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Rafa Benitez – we are close
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Newcastle Beat Southend With Two Second Half Goals – Photos

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 15 Comments

Newcastle beat Southend United tonight with two second half goals and they came from two unlikely lads.

It was 0-0 at the half after a rather poor first half and then than man Vurnon Anita scored a great goal when he hit the ball across the goalkeeper into the back of the net after 48 minutes.

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Rafa Benitez smiling even before the game
Does this photo go in the Southend United Boardroom?

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Newcastle Linked With Former Liverpool Midfielder

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 99 Comments

Since Newcastle have to replace Gini Wijnaldum and probably also Moussa Sissoko this summer, we will be linked with a number of midfielders for the rest of the transfer window, which still has five weeks and one day to run.

talkSPORT is reporting today that Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in Wolves midfielder Conor Coady, who was signed last summer from Huddersfield for £2M, and he generally plays in defensive midfield.

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Conor Coady – Wolves midfielder available
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Newcastle Midfielder In Advanced Talks To Join UAE Club

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 · 22 Comments

Sky Sports is reporting tonight that Newcastle defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote is in advanced talks to join the Al Jazira Club, who finished second last season in the UAE Pro League.

The report is that the 30 year-old is discussing a three year deal.

Cheick has one year left on his Newcastle contract and is one of the higher wage earners, so it was always on the cards that he could leave the club this summer, as Rafa Benitez is bringing younger players into the club.

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Cheick Tiote in Dublin training camp recently
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