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Video Of Newcastle Players Training On Open Day

12:42 pm, Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

Here’s some great shots from the Newcastle United twitter account which shows the Newcastle players in training at St. James’ Park on open day.

fans on their eway

Fans on their way to Open Day

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Open Day · Other News · Pre-season · Video

37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Is Rafa there on display? If so, who is signing Diame?

  • 2 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    From previous

    I recall Diame being immense at West Ham but then he left and I dont recall many stand out performances plus he had some trouble with injuries its fair to say so I have no idea how to rate him these days…does excite me to see him sign for us though

    As for Shelvey he is better than the Championship and will show it this season imo

  • 3 manxpie // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Bloody hell saviet’s got a shot on him like and it looks like we can blame sterry for any training ground injuries!
    The social media side of the club is so much better now too staggering it’s taken this long tho

  • 4 Belfast // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    He’s no Anita !!

  • 5 Blofal // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    For anyone struggling to find a way to watch the season check out this site:

    I have a VPN so I just run it straight though my chromecast. Has the English Championship plus Champions League and loads of other competitions for $10per month.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Watch Rivière score a goal:-

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    expat – Have you got the beinSPORTS app? I’ve just had a look and they are showing the Fulham game.

  • 8 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Ur right there mate, hes a good footballer

  • 9 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    overrated frenchmen

    its on SS1 isn’t it? and is that app free as in can you watch the game for free through that beinsports

  • 10 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Mo Diame looks set to become Newcastle United’s 7th summer signing. Expected on Tyneside in next 24 hours to complete move from Hull. #NUFC
    1:39 PM – 1 Aug 2016

  • 11 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM


    Gayle is the sort of player who we can knock a ball over the top and he will force the opposition defence back a few yards, will chase it down and will have more pace than most centre backs in this league.

    Aarons is quite quick, diame will be a good ball carrier.

  • 12 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Knockaert isn’t that quick but is very tricky and can hold onto the ball well

  • 13 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    JamesToon – I pay for the beinSPORTS app through iTunes

  • 14 ayecanny // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    I think Diame is a great signing, experience and talent. Also played a fair few games with Hayden last year as well so that can only be good. Ritchie, Gayle, Hayden, Diame, Hanley all got championship experience which I great, happy with the squad maybe a midfielder that scores goals as well but overall happy and cannit wait for Friday.

  • 15 jayphoto // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    @wwsbrd- he was one of hulls better players when they went down and when they came up, had a few injuries though I think? He always seems to boss it against us when I’ve seen him!
    Personally think Shelvey will be our player of the season, with Gayle making the runs, shelvey has the quality to pick him out each time.
    Im really interested to see how Mitro fits. We’ve got a few players I can’t see would have been happy to stay (or that the club would have kept) unless they were going to be a key player and Mitro is one of those

  • 16 jayphoto // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    regarding pace – I’m not sure how important it is in Rafas style of team set up? At Liverpool he played Kuyt wide and hes slow as a post. Think hard work and intelligent movement is more important.
    Currently in the squad we’ve got arma, Aarons, Gayle who are absolutely rapid aswell as Perez, Saivet, Anita, Ritchie, Riviere, Gouffran and mbemba who are all fairly quick without being too rapid.
    Next season the majority of teams are going to camp against us on their 18 yard line. Intelligent movement in the channels and in to space will be important as will ball retention and vision. Not sure there will be that many times where we get to counter and get players in behind. I think pace is more vital in the premier league whereas the championship other attributes are more important!

  • 17 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:21 PM


    Completely agree with what you say about pace not being quite as important in the champs as it is in the prem.

    On Mitro… i just wonder if, when mitro plays, Gayle might be the one to play in the AM/10 position?

  • 18 colwell // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:22 PM


    Gayle does have decent pace no doubting that but thats really it for our outlet, Arrons was rapid but injuries have taken its toll on that just,
    Dummett and Janmaat are to slow for fullbacks.

    The squad on a whole lacks good pace Townsend showed us what pace can bring and was our best player end of season, We have great players for the championship no doubt hopefully an injection of pace will be added to complete the squad.

  • 19 Spoof // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Where will Diame play, will he be one of the two holding players or play through the middle as one of the three attacking midfielders, I expect him to be one of the three attacking players but I’m sure he can still do a job as one of the two holding players.

    He and Shelvey could even swap positions during a game if we are struggling and we need to mix it up a bit.

  • 20 colwell // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley

    haha brilliant Sissoko going to Real Madrid Diame plays for Hull City but Diame is the better player????

    Yet as you say its me that doesn’t live in reality?

  • 21 LGFUAD21 // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    I wouldn’t have thought it myself but Diame is a very shrewed replacement for Moussa.

    He is consistently one of Hull’s better players. Powerful and makes things happen.

  • 22 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Aye am sure Diame had a few injuries since leaving West Ham but it may be behind him….hopefully
    On Mitro I dont know, I think he has a lot to prove and needs to sort his head out (and grow up tbh)….my honest thoughts are he will see a fair few cards and miss a fair few games because of it

  • 23 The American // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM


    Final League Position: 4th
    No. of points: 80
    League Cup: Semi-Final
    FA Cup: 4th
    Player of the Season: Sels
    Top scorer: Mitrovic
    No. of goals: 18

    Promotion through playoff.

  • 24 LGFUAD21 // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Pace is important but its not the be all end all a lot of people on here make it out to be.

    Giroud is slow as hell and he still gets goals.
    Juan Mata is slow too but he does magical things with the ball.
    Ozil again is slow in comparison to other number 10s.

    Yes pace can be a huge asset but ultimately it’s playing to your strengths.

    I agree with jayphoto – Wouldnt rule Shelvey out, if people think hes only good for the odd champagne pass they havent watched him properly.

    In defence of Hail – Diame has outperformed Sissoko in every one of his Premier league seasons with West Ham and Hull. – It’s not that crazy a statement.

  • 25 LGFUAD21 // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:36 PM


    He was predominantly used as an AM at Hull. Remember a few times at West Ham him playing out wide too.

    rumour is he can play anywhere central. Decent tackler too.

  • 26 jayphoto // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    @wwsbrd – Hoping rafa is the man to sort him out. In the past our managers have struggled with difficult characters. Pardew ignored them and let them get away with murder until they went to far and then exiled them, Carver screamed at them, McClaren just smirked and tried to be everyones mate, hoping Rafa can really add some discipline. From what I’ve heard he’s the first manager we’ve had since Sir Bob that has possessed the fear factor and that players actually want to impress

  • 27 expatmag // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:38 PM


    I have Foxtel mate and they provide 3 BEIN sports channels plus Chelsea Liverpool and Man Utd TV

  • 28 jayphoto // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    west ham fans I know say they thought Diame was best as a defensive midfielder that can surge forward.
    Remember a lot shouting for him when he left wigan, and when he left west ham! He’s always looked good when hes played against us!

  • 29 nut meg // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Diame can play several positions.

  • 30 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    I hope so because for some reason I do like the moron but am not confident tbh

  • 31 outside the box // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    forgot player of season
    final post …1st
    number pts 93
    league cup 5th round
    fa cup 5th round
    tgs gayle
    player of season lascelles
    number of goals 22
    cheers for reminder

  • 32 colwell // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:46 PM


    Pace is not be all and end all but is something needed to compliment other players skills. Do we need a team full of it? of course not but its better to have a mixture when teams need to be stretched.

    As for Diame he is a very good player, but Sissoko has shown since Rafa arrived and in the Euro’s he can be brilliant, working with useless managers all the time hasn’t helped and he is not a winger. Real Madrid don’t tend to splash cash on poor players. Only my opinion but played in their preferred positions Sissoko is much better.

  • 33 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    I agree though it would be nice to get a lightning quick winger, i’d like Moses or Ryan Fraser. Pace does help but in Rafa’s setup as shown in pre season its not too important as we play more working the ball into the box and carving the oppositon open which is what we’ll have to do at times, we are also organised and very structured defensively and can be hard to break down which will be key in away games to teams like Shef wednesday, norwich and derby who will try and get at us so we will have to be solid defensively

  • 34 outside the box // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    g @1…
    never saw rafa at st james…but sissoko is meant to be at training ground for health assessments …so maybe having a chat with him

  • 35 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    outside the box

    there were videos on twitter of rafa taking the training sessions?

  • 36 outside the box // Aug 1, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    james toon….must have missed him …didn,t get there till after 11 ..though

  • 37 Mag52 // Aug 1, 2016 at 2:01 PM


    A top place finish, as most on here expect, would be phenomenal, don’t get me wrong.
    Which teams could end up ahead of us at the end of the season ? Let’s say Brighton, Derby, Norwich and an.other.

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