This last week has been like days of old at Newcastle, not that that is particularly good.
Kevin Nolan – Andy’s car torched on his drive
We had Andy Carroll getting into trouble again on Sunday, and he spent some time in jail that night, and then yesterday Andy Carroll’s brand new car, apparently worth around £150K, was set alight in the driveway of Kevin Nolan’s home.
Andy has been told to live at captain Kevin Nolan’s home until his next hearing next January, as terms set for his bail, and we bet Kevin and his wife Hayley are just loving that.
It has been pointed out today that the fire could have even spread to his home, so we hope Newcastle work with the police to get some secruity for Kevin’s home over the next few months. The Nolans have a daughter who turns four years old next month, and they had a son last January, so there are also small children in that house.
And for the first time for a long time there was news in the papers last Monday that Chris Hughton’s job may be in jeopardy at Newcastle, but it seems like it was another made-up report from the Daily Mail.
Chris seems to have a good liaison with both Derek Llambias and owner Mike Ashley at the club, and he has talked this week to Llambias, in order to identify who he wants to bring in to Newcastle as Assistant Manager to replace the departing Colin Calderwood. That was another shock last Monday lunch-time, which came as a surprise to those at Newcastle.
The poor run of results over the last three games, when the club has picked up just one point, has shifted attention to Chris’ position as Newcastle manager, but Chris said nothing was mentioned to him this week when he met with the Managing Director.
Hughton told the Daily Star today:
“It is vital there is stability,” “I have spoken to Derek Llambias, the Managing Director, but any issues about my own position have not cropped up.”
“We’ve always been aware we will lose more games this season than last and we’ve spoken to the players about dealing with defeat,”
“These are the same group of players who have already been through many ups and downs here.” “It’s important they stay strong through the difficult times, and so far they’ve been able to do that.”
We have great confidence in the Newcastle squad of players right now, and when they lose games it’s not through any lack of effort or trying, but the lads have to cut out the individual mistakes that cost us all four goals in our last two home games, and the loss of 5 very valuable points.
They have a chance to come through tomorrow afternoon, for both their manager and the loyal Newcastle fans at West Ham, and we are hoping they will do just that in a game that is being televised live around the world.
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