The big news yesterday was to do with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, and of course Newcastle play Spurs on Saturday afternoon in London.
Redknapp talks to press after being found not guilty of tax evasion yesterday
Harry Redknapp, the former Portsmouth manager and former Portsmouth Chairman Milan Mandaric were both found not guilty of two charges of tax evasion at Southwark Crown Court.
And when the unanimous verdict was read out in court, the two men and hugged each other, after the stress of the pending court appearances had been weighing on the two men for five years.
And the other big news is that Fabio Capello resigned from his England post just a few months before the European Championships start in June, and the red-hot favorite to replace Fabio, at least on a part-time basis through the end of the season, is Harry Redknapp.
It seems Capello couldn’t accept the FA’s decision to take away the captaincy from John Terry, after his trial had been delayed until July.
That’s after the European Championships, and he will be facing a criminal charge of using racist language towards fellow footballer Anton Ferdinand.
It will be interesting to see how these two bits of news affect the Tottenham players on Saturday afternoon, as they are expected to beat a weakened Newcastle side, who will still be be without top central midfielders Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
Tiote will play in the final of the African Cup of Nations final on Sunday for the Ivory Coast against Zambia, and Yohan Cabaye who will be suspended for his third and final game for violent conduct, a charge he picked up after the FA Cup 4th round tie at Brighton.
Danny Guthrie has played great for Newcastle this season
But with Danny Guthrie coming in and again playing well – he was the Man of the Match in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Sunday – the two top players have not been missed too much by the Magpies.
And utility player James Perch played defensive midfield in the last one and a half games, and has looked solid for Newcastle, with his no-nonsense and solid performances.
Danny Guthrie, who we hope will be signing a new contract at Newcastle shortly, talked to the local press:
The midfield is a bit unfamiliar at the moment but I think on Sunday it was so much better in the second half. We had Perchy sitting in there, and I think it allowed me a little bit more freedom to go ahead and try to create for the team.
The Tottenham game is a great game for us regardless of who is out, who is not available or whatever. It is a tough game because we know how good they are at home, but we have set it up nicely with two really important wins.
We have got a lot of grit and resolve about us. We are not going to Tottenham scared or worried about them. We are a much more solid unit than we have been before and we have got a manager who is not afraid to change things at half-time if its not going quite right.
He did that on Sunday and I think it had a big effect , it is little things, positional advice or just changing the shape of the team slightly. I do not mind having a bit of extra responsibility. I worked hard to get fit and got thrown straight back in.
I feel in great shape. My mentality has not changed. I know I am in possession of the shirt now but I have always taken the same view of things. I was out of the team, got back in and got injured, but now I am back in the team and I think things are going all right.
Danny has played very well indeed in his 13 appearances for Newcastle this season with two great goals, but he seems to accept when the big boys are back, he may lose his place.
It’s a compliment to Alan Pardew and the coaches that they have instilled a team spirit at the club, and that can only stand Newcastle in good stead for the rest of the season.
It’s a tough game at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but we’ll need to wait and see just how good this Newcastle team is.