Newcastle’s Trophy Hunt Starts Today


James Tavernier didn’t come through as much as we thought he would last season, but he still has two years left on his contract, although  time may be  running out if he is to make an impact in Newcastle’s first team.

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James Tavernier – leads Newcastle sevens side in Hong Kong

James is in Hong Kong to captain the Newcastle sevens side that won the HKFC Citibank International Soccer Sevens tournament last year, and only Aston Villa (twice) and Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan have successfully defended their titles.

James is Newcastle’s captain for the tournament, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:

“Last year it was really enjoyable to come as a new team, into a new environment. We had a good young team who worked really hard, and it paid off as we won the tournament.”

“And this year, we want to win the trophy again. It’s going to be a bit harder this year because teams are wanting to take the title away from us but we’ve got a more experienced team this year and we want to defend it.”

“We’ve got loads who have been on loan this year, lads who have got great experience and obviously young lads like Steven Logan and Rolando Aarons who have done great for the Reserves this year, so it’s looking really positive for the team and it’ll show, hopefully, through the tournament.”

“We’ll go into every single game with a strategy and if we work hard, hopefully the results will come.” “I take it really seriously, the responsibility of captaining the team. Being captain of Newcastle at any level is a huge honour and I will give the armband the respect it deserves.”

“Hopefully I can set an example and be a leader to the lads and we can win the tournament again.”

James has been on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle, MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday over the last couple of years or so,  and he could be sent out loan again in August, depending on how things shape up in pre-season for the 21 year-old Bradford-born youngster.

Let’s hope Newcastle can win this tournament again this year – it starts today.

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98 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Having his testicles crushed in a vice is too good for Ashley .

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah Go NUFC

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah so it seems like we’re stuck with Pardew, where do we go from here?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Only 7 days to renew your season ticket kids!! Don’t all rush at once, form an orderly queue.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Toonarmydownsouth
    6 mins ago
    On stevie Taylor saying we don’t need CB’s…

    That’s purely because he knows his days our numbered as a starter, mbiwa and colo if colo stays, mbiwa plus new CB if he leaves, tayls simply isn’t good enough!

    On pardew a few posts back
    I think the arguement that he won’t learn and it will be the same next season falls short on the fact he’s asked for a new coach, if he wants a new coach he must be acknowledging that he’s made mistakes and struggled to be more inventive with his tactics?
    Maybe there’s hope maybe not will find out soon enough

    I’m going to take a leaf out JFA’s book…
    Being the first strip to hand out of Ann Widdecombes bikini waxing kit is to good for Indian mag

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  • jayphoto

    May 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    @ben3arfa – clean slate, get behind him and the team for next season i suppose! Don’t think hes the right man but hes going nowhere anytime soon! Not sure hes had a 3rd season before, maybe hel learn and evolve

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  • lesh

    May 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Ooooh jeez, Jail!

    Bettyswallocks?

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  • outsidethebox

    May 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe Geordie from previous post
    couldn,t agree more about lukaku
    reason for getting shay on loan was 1 he would come on short term loan and 2 krull not expected to be ready for start that leaves only elliot and alnick for start of season ..only needs an injury pre season ..

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  • jayphoto

    May 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Got a horrible feeling Pardew will play Taylor over MYM! Same as itl be jonas over marveaux! Think Cabaye will be moving on tbh so hoping sissoko drops back into the engine room, be ideal if marv or HBA take that #10 role

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  • TorqToon

    May 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Ben3arfa –

    Pardew or Hughes???
    Pardew or Pulis???
    Pardew or Warnock???

    I know who I’d prefer. Not anybodys first choice, but better the devil you know, I guess.

    Get behind him, get behind the lads, hope we strengthen this summer (and early!!) and we will have a better season next year. Dont strengthen….it will be a long old season yet again! 🙂

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  • lesh

    May 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Tads. Pards asked for a new coach? Attacking, defensive? Remember yesterday Kamara reported tweet?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Ben3arfa/Jayphoto
    Agree, back him, support the team, if things go wrong next season MA will have to act, but let’s not make it difficult for ourselves by having a toxic atmosphere before a ball is kicked. We now have to hope he can change, and that new coaching staff can do the trick. Maybe it is unlikely, but that is what we have to do. As for MA, he has to make the funds available to back him with what he requires, otherwise, what is the point keeping him.

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  • TorqToon

    May 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Outside the box – I’d love shay back! He was a stalwart for us for many years. But he would be backup to Krul. Also Elliot did better than I expected last year when called upon.

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  • TorqToon

    May 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Lesh what’s this about a tweet? We looking at New coaches?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Outside,
    That is a fair point, Given on loan, or a short term contract as there has been talk of them releasing him altogether. But I’d imagine priorities lie elsewhere.

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  • WWYCD

    May 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Kamara as a coach? I doubt it probably more about an interview or piece hes doing at St James for one of the sky sports shows

    New coach is meant to be a priority this summer and it will surely be a attacking/set piece specialist

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  • martoon

    May 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    I really don’t see it with Mark Hughes – everywhere he has gone his teams play dour football and struggle (apart from Citeh but they were not great considering the money they spent) and he eventually gets the sack. Yet he still manages to get another job. I know some of you will point to Pardew and say the same but I don’t think he is quite as bad as Hughes.

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  • UpAndHatem

    May 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Excellent article on Jeurgen Klopps footballing philosophy at Borussia Dortmund. Pardew could do worse than to take this on board…

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/pitchside-europe/secrets-juergen-klopp-success-155740444.html

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  • cbell

    May 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Just spat my coffee over my laptop.

    Thank you JfA.

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  • WWYCD

    May 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    As for Given everytime I have seen him play for Villa he has been poor and as much as I like the bloke I wouldnt have him back

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    The problem is that I no longer have any faith in the clubs management and ownership.

    I can see us signing the bare minimum this window and if we dont get the right results having Pardew come out to blame the “lack of investment”..

    I really do hope they prove my expectations wrong

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 24, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    We certainly need a set piece coach. Going all season long without scoring from a corner is a complete piss take.

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  • jayphoto

    May 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    @martoon – think hughes was good with wales and he did ok with Blackburn! Did pretty average with Fulham and for the money he spent was awful at City and QPR! Think Stoke might be looking at getting a manager that can use the players already there! One of my clients has a box at stoke and is good friends with Peter Coates, he reckons Hughes isn’t 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice, theyve already tried with Benitez who did some coaching there 2 seasons back, apparantly PC likes Martinez and Steve Bould too….

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  • frost-nufc

    May 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Repost from Indian, last thread;
    “New coach will turn Jonas into flash, We will not defend one goal leads, No wierd subsitutions will happen. Players will play in their positions.

    Pardew will ask a new coach, where should i play sissoko LB or RB?”

    I’m spilling my coffee laughing so hard, but then I get sad because this is the real problem 🙁
    We have a manager who does these things… Cry.

    AnyHo..sort of made my day, and ruined it. Good work Indian 🙂

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    And lets no forget about our marvellous free kick routine that worked so well.

    Like something you’d see in the park.

    Embarrasing.

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Wow GUYS , Pardew has just come out and said this to media

    “”In our last 15 games, apart from top 6, we were the next best team.”

    WTF??????????????

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #27

    If Stoke employ Martinez or any other manager who plays football they’ll get relegated.

    I’d put good money on that.

    Hughes would be their best bet, in my opinion.

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  • jayphoto

    May 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew- “in the last 10 games, outside of the top 6, we were the next best team” ….. Why say this alan?? Really want to get behind him but hes delusional

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Lesh
    Yeah he asked/said the club were looking to bring in a new coach so hopefully be someone full of ideas and answers not someone extra to compete against in the NUFC bake offs!

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  • JAMSHA

    May 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #30

    FINALY M.A SEES A TROPHY COMENG TO NEWCASTLE IN HONGKONG

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  • Rainrix

    May 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Ben3arfa…. Really? Sweet jesus the man has issues.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #32

    WW…,
    If I remember rightly Shay Given left because he didn’t like the insidious reign of Mike Ashley and his x year plan,I doubt very much if he would return now that the plan is in full swing.

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #33

    Hmmmmmmm wonder how he worked that stat out ?

    We looked like one of the worst teams in the league all season long, We conceded more goals than Qpr.

    He’s like fat sham just watches a different game to everyone else.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Mark Hughes will be perfect for Stoke

    He made BRFC players into thugs

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  • stuart no9

    May 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #35

    JAMSHA@30
    FINALY M.A SEES A TROPHY COMENG TO NEWCASTLE IN HONGKONG——-Yep , nowt but the best as far as ash is concened ! not only is it from Hong kong — its made in India as well !! aye nowt but the best

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  • JAMSHA

    May 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #36

    L0l

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #37

    Ben3arfa – are you sh*t stirring there? I don’t believe Pardew would have come out and said that when we just escaped relegation.

    Source please!

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  • stopper

    May 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s been mentioned earlier that Pardew has asked for a new coach????? Can someone say where this info came from or it’s this just wishful thinking ……….for sure we need one.

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  • yo-yo

    May 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Oh god, Pardew is milking dodgy statistics just like the posters on here 🙂

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  • yo-yo

    May 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #40

    we need more than one new coach, we need a whole team of coaches and sports scientists

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