Can Newcastle Get First Win Of The Season Against Gunners?


This will be our sixth game of the season for Newcastle, and we are still looking for our first win.

We have taken only one poi t form the first four league games, so we really need a win to get our season going on Saturday when we meet Arsenal at home.

Arsenal have won their last two games against Cardiff and West Ham under new manager Unai Emery.

So it will not be easy, but we beat them 2-1 in this same fixture last season.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery

We need a win.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    This is quite big, so there isn’t a vote of no confidence in them at today’s AGM maybe?

    https://www.marketscreener.com/SPORTS-DIRECT-INTERNATION-9590226/news/Sports-Direct-International-Changes-to-Board-27246915/

    12 September 2018

    SPORTS DIRECT INTERNATIONAL PLC

    (‘Sports Direct’ or the ‘Company’ or the ‘Group’)

    Changes to Board

    The Company wishes to announce the following changes to the Board.

    Dr Keith Hellawell, QPM, has today informed the Board of his decision to step down as Chairman and as a director of the Company, having served since November 2009. Dr Hellawell will retire with effect from the conclusion of today’s AGM, and will therefore not be seeking re-election. David Daly, Non-Executive Director, will take up the role of Chairman at the conclusion of the AGM. He will also take on the role of Chair of the Nomination Committee.

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Simon Bentley has also today decided to retire as a director of the Company, having served on the Board since 2007. He will retire with effect from the conclusion of today’s AGM, and will therefore not be seeking re-election.

    Furthermore, Nicola Frampton is to join the Board as Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 October 2018, and Cally Price has been elected by the workforce as the next Workers’ Representative to the Board from May 2019.

    Chief Executive Mike Ashley said: ‘I would like to thank Keith and Simon for their valuable service and significant contributions to the Company over the years. Meanwhile, we are delighted to welcome Nicola and Cally to the boardroom, and look forward to David Daly taking up the role of Chairman.’

    Dr Hellawell said: ‘Having overseen significant improvements in the working practices and corporate governance of the Company, which includes a refresh of the Board, now is the right time for me to step aside. I have every confidence that the Group will continue to go from strength to strength. I have enjoyed the challenges of Sports Direct and the support of Mike Ashley; many major investors; members of the Board and senior staff, and wish them much success for the future.’

    Simon Bentley said: ‘It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve as a director, and a member of the Sports Direct team, since floatation in 2007. I look forward to following the Group’s exciting development in years to come. ‘

    Nicola Frampton is a senior executive at William Hill, where she is Managing Director of the UK Retail division. Prior to joining William Hill, Ms Frampton gained extensive experience in risk management, assurance and corporate governance across a wide range of industries while working in professional services, most recently with Deloitte. Nicola will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2018. She will also be a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

    Nicola commented: ‘Sports Direct is one of the best retailers in the UK today and has embarked on the most exciting phase of its strategy. I am looking forward to working with the team and contributing to its future achievements on joining the Board.’

    The Company confirms that there is no information to disclose under paragraphs 9.6.13 R (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules in respect of Ms Frampton.

    Cally Price is a store manager in Cardiff Bay, having originally started with Sports Direct as a casual worker in July 2007. Cally will assume her role as Workers’ Representative on 1 May 2019, following a handover period when the current Workers’ Representative completes his term of office.

    Cally said: ‘I would like to thank the people at Sports Direct for placing their trust in me, and I look forward to working alongside Alex during the forthcoming handover period.’

    Ends.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh and Jib, I don;t work for any employer (although i do have a partnership company with an American/Aussie and a seperate one with a UK chap (from Yorkshire).

    We sell a lot to the Arabs, and I find if you treat them well and respectfully they’ll do the same to you – will still always barter on price and start off at ridiculous levels of discount, that’s why you start negotiations at double your final price, that way he’s won as he talked you down by a large amount, and you’ve won cos you got the price you wanted for it anyway.

    It’s all about perceptions you see.

    Oh and if the comment was about potential Arab owners of NUFC, then that’s different, for them it’s like who has the biggest yacht etc. an ego trip that they don’t mind throwing money at to have the best (see Citeh). But hey, you knew that didn’t you.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Hmm, interesting.

    The SD shareholders hated Hellawell almost as much as we hate Barnes / Bishop. Ashley minions all.

    Ashley throwing him under the bus is presumably his attempt to ward off too vociferous an outcry today.

    Another sign that the pressure is mounting?

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I would hardly characterise a guy who was 76 last May
    resigning as Chairman of SD as
    throwing him under the bus.

    Ha ha ha

    Got to say the timing is quite brilliant though .
    That’s the shareholders groups hamstrung
    a few ours before the AGM

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    hours even

    (the submit button went off in me hand )

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Interestingly David Daly is a former Nike executive

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    You see that’s how crap and amateurish
    the NUFC anti Ashley protesters are.
    You don’t announce to the world like
    billy big boots – “Hey see me – what
    a clever chap I am – I’m going to attend
    SD’s AGM and make a nuisance of meself”

    You keep schtum and just do it !!!!

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    JIb, Ashley has used his controlling 61% stake in SD to veto any shareholders attempts to remove Keith Hellawell numerous times previously. He could have done so again this time round quite easily.

    The fact he has decided not to and the timing of it is key, whether Hellawell wants to retire or not. I would suggest that Hellawell’s role at SD is not particularly taxing so no reason why he couldn’t continue. The resignation could have been announced any time over the last 6 months. It was announced on the eve of the AGM for maximum impact.

    I think thrown under a bus (probably with a nice golden handshake to soften the blow) is appropriate.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    RobLeenio, it gets back to my earlier posting of the fat twat being a coward, acting behind the scenes, can’t take criticism, brings to the board snivelling yes men and women:-

    “Nicola commented: ‘Sports Direct is one of the best retailers in the UK'”.

    Says it all doesn’t it really.

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    RobLeenio
    Thrown under a bus implies he’s
    frightened and panicking.
    Micky thinks he’s a clever guy
    calling him a cowardly fat twat
    (very school playground – I wonder
    if he uses such language with his
    Aussie / US partners)
    However
    I fear you have him totally wrong
    and he’s neither in a panic or frightened

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    He’s dispensed with the services of a key ally in order to deflect criticism – surely that can only be seen as a panic measure?

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s all opinion at the end of the day

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    True, dat…

    Anyway, SD is essentially isolated from NUFC, whatever pressure he’s feeling there does not necessarily translate to what he’s feeling here.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    It would appear he’s turned up at his own AGM. Now this will get interesting.

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m still waiting with bated breathed for
    these “embarrassing revelations” from
    Kevin Keegan’s ghost-written autobiog

    The stuff in the Sun (who are not backward
    in coming forward with contentious stuff )
    was just rehashed stuff we’ve all heard before

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib, don’t hold your breath. I seem to remember that Keegan’s settlement following his court victory included a gagging clause so he couldn’t tell the specifics of what went on. I’m looking forward to reading the book not for the negativity surrounding his second managerial spell but for the chapters on his playing career and first managerial spell.

    Micky, that is an interesting development.

    Wonder if he intended to go all along but was just trying to wrong-foot his opponents?

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  • Small World

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    RobLeenio, I’m looking forward to some of the none football stuff that might be in Keegan’s book. The guy has a line in humour. He once told me about the time he shared a flat with Beardsley, whilst at Fulham. It was above Harrods and he claimed they were like The Odd Couple, always bickering over who did the washing up.

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    RobLeenio
    According to the FT Ashley didn’t attend
    last year

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    @17
    That must have been a weird relationship
    Keegan was manager and Beardsley was a player !

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Small World, you’d think between them they could afford a dishwasher….
    😉

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Keegan could have ordered Pedro to do
    the dishes

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #22

    There aren’t any flats above Harrods, unless they were living in a miniture house in the toy section.

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  • Small World

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Lindisfarne, there are flats that used to used by Al Fayed within the Harrods building on the upper floors. There are lots of surprises there. I once went for a job interview with one of the directors and it was in a hidden room, which was literally behind a shop display. We were talking about Harrod’s as Keegan worked for Al Fayed. I’ve no reason to doubt his story.

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #24

    The dome on the top has staff accom
    Fayed owned Harrods and Fulham in 1998

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Not surprised that Jiblets is taking every opportunity to knock TMG for trying to undermine his hero. What type of cretin would have Mike Ashley as their idol???

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #26

    RIP Fenella Fielding

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail for Ashley
    Great debating skills
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    for a six year- old

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #28

    I still feel a very small attendance at a televised home match would send out a clear message especially as Ashley loves his sky advertising so much. The ST holders have to bite the bullet. This is about more than 3 points.

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #29

    The BBC must have someone at the AGM
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45496624

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster Mag
    You are wrong
    There are top quality matches beamed
    all over Europe every week with minute crowds
    the only message received is
    wow there ain’t many at that game

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    No jail, from previous, I had a good chat with a scouser who could talk about Rafa with balance. He is smart you see. Not one dimensional and short sighted like yourself.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Munster, no, we don’t have to bite anything. We simply disagree that deserting the team is the way forward. Attacking him where it hurts is working better than boycotts have ever worked.
    Blackburn. Boycotted. Relegated twice. Same owners still in place.
    Blackpool. Boycotted. Relegated three times. Owners remained.
    Coventry. Boycotted. Relegated three times. Same owners.
    See a pattern there?
    If you wish to boycott, go ahead. But who do you think you, or anybody else is to tell me how to spend my money or do wtf I want to do?
    Keegan came to Newcastle as a player because of the fans. He came back for the same reason. Rafa is only here for one reason. He wants to keep the protests away from SJP.
    Ashley’s never there ffs. He won’t know, but it will affect the team.
    Picket his home, he’s there, he’s never at SJP because, he couldn’t care less about the team. We could.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Schaar had a good game for the Swiss last night and he was playing at RB, so don’t despair Rob, he’d be a much better choice than Manquillo, imo. Although Rafa might see things differently.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #35

    During the game Southgate called Henderson over and I’m sure he said, “try to play more like Jonjo” although I may have misread his lips.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Sewage fat ball.

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  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Essex
    He actually said
    “Stop being a mackem twat and pass forward you
    ugly get”

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 12, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Having shown three clubs where boycotting was a disaster for the club, but failed to remove the owners, feel free to show me just one club in England, with all the TV money, where boycotting has worked. Just one will be a start.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 12, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    We’re currently packing for a couple of weeks holiday, my cabin space sized case was packed very quickly and she is now packing her trunk which will probably take the rest of the day. Anyone else get similar scenarios? 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 12, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40

    And please, don’t say Newcastle under the Magpie group. That was another failure that only came good because SJH came along and bought McKeag out – paying right through the nose for the privilege. Until then we were a nothing club slipping towards Division Three with barely double figure crowds.

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