Freezing Weather Slows Down Dan Gosling Return


With Newcastle unable to train at their Benton training headquarters very much at all over the last few weeks, it has impacted Dan Gosling’s return to full training.

Dan Gosling – comeback hampered a little by bad weather

On Sky Sports yesterday, Alan seemed to be rather critical of the indoor training facilities, saying the ground was too hard and it jarred the joints of his players, and they couldn’t train on it for more than a day or two.

Alan said it was hardly the most modern training facility.    And he also hinted he would meet with the Newcastle hierarchy to get some improvements made.

Maybe that means an improvement in the indoor playing surface, but more likely it will be  to install  under-ground heating at the Benton training headquarters.

Liverpool have that in place at their training headquarters,  and have been able to continue their training without too much interruption over the last few weeks, and manager Roy Hodgson was waxing lyrical about it yestarday.

It would seem that underground heating at Benton would be a very good investment for the Newcastle club. We’ll keep a check to see if any improvements are made to the training facilities after the season ends – we hope so.

Pardew talked about the lack of suitable training surface and that is has delayed Dan Gosling’s comeback just a little:

“Dan Gosling is back in training, but not impact training, as we’ve been inside,”

“He’s a good three or four weeks away yet. He’s not far away, but the cold weather’s affected it slightly.”

Gosling’s return to full fitness soon, Steve Taylor signing his new deal within a day, and hopefully  Ben Arfa signing a new contract at Newcastle early next month – will give Alan Pardew essentially three new players in January.

That will delight Newcastle fans everywhere, and it all sounds very good to us. 😀

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Sinner

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    He would mostly be used as a sub.D:/

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  • Shot Bru

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    As a previous thread alluded to the reports we are looking for a LB and ST does that mean both Enrique and Carroll are on their way….or am i being too cynical.
    Anyway a decent LB who we could pick up for next to nothing would be Swedish international Oscar Wendt of Copenhagen ….contract ending soon and is only 25 plus Pardew has good Swedish connections.
    Liam Ridgewell could be a cheap option as well and plays both CB/LB.

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  • henock1989

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    well we can use him…way way better than Jonas and Routledge

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  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Shot Bru, I think you’re reading into it too much.

    No papers or second-guessers actually know what Pardew wants. Even if they did, Pardew probably wants to strengthen LB & ST because we only have Carroll & Jose

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  • Shot Bru

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #5

    You’re probably right HTL…my pessimism and cynicism come from the last 40 years of supporting the toon.

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  • kikgras

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    can anyone else see S Taylor singing long term and then seeing Colo being sold???

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  • kikgras

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    sorry, signing long term.

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  • Stuart

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Kikgras,

    Unfortunately, if any of our CBs were to go, Collo is on the highest wages, around £80k a week, so if the club are still wanting to reduce their wage bill, he’d be an easy target.

    I don’t want him to go anywhere though, Willo and Colo should be our first choice CBs.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Stuart, don’t know about that one. But against Liverpool Taylor saw Campbell’s mistake and tried to cover it. He just didn’t get there fast enough. I’d like to see Colo and Taylor have a game or two together before I make the same judgement as you.

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  • kikgras

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Sutart / GG – I’m in agreement with each of you, I’m just picutring Taylor and Willo in the back and Colo the odd man just due to wages…but I can see the wages used elsewhere – maybe spread out on new signings or upgraded contracts. I think there is youth who can step in back there.

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  • Charlietoon

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah I dont think we’ll be renewing Collos contract. Too expensive but then again I cannot see anyone matching them so who knows. Along with Alan Smith his wages are just too high.

    I think in Williamson and Taylor we could have a good pair of CBs for the next 5 years. I’d be happy to have Collo though fighting for his spot along with Kadar.

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