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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Pundit Describes A Moment To Remember

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 · 7 Comments

Former Arsenal striker and pundit Ian Wright has written in The Sun that his moment of the weekend was Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s fabulous save from a Yohan Cabaye penalty after 70 minutes – the first of 10 penalties Crystal Palace have missed all season.

You cannot make this stuff up.

That saved Newcastle 2 points and that could be vital at the end of the season a week on Sunday – although most pundits still believe Sunderland are the best placed team to avoid relegation to the Championship.

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Karl Darlow – brilliant – simply brilliant
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Asprilla Defends Ashley And Blames Players – Why He’s Half Right

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 · 132 Comments

Before he left the club early last year Alan Pardew had Newcastle go on a six game winning streak – five games in the league and a 2-0 win at Manchester City in the League Cup – the first and only time we have ever won a game at the Etihad Stadium.

Yet with exactly the same players in the second half of the season, John Carver managed to lose eight Premier League games in a row for the first time in Newcastle’s history.

And then we brought in new players this season for a total of £82M and the team is worse than it’s ever been in the Premier League.

And yes – it’s the players fault inasmuch as some of them didn’t seem to care and give up too easily when the going got tough – notice the past tense.

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Tino Asprilla – players fault – he’s half right
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Rafa Benitez On What Newcastle Cannot Afford To Do

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 · 10 Comments

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is single-minded. determined and down to earth and he knows he has no control on what Sunderland and Norwich City do in their final three games of the season.

Maybe one of them can win all three games – and while that is extremely unlikely if that happens then we will be relegated no matter what we do against Aston Villa and Tottenham.

What Rafa and our players can do is everything possible to get two wins in our final two games – and that will put us in a (very) good position to stay up – but will still be dependent on what the other two sides do.

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Rafa Benitez – two games left – two wins?
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Is This One Of Newcastle’s Striker Targets This Summer?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 · 8 Comments

Newcastle are supposed to be one of the cubs who tried to sign Algerian striker Islam Slimani in January, but presumably we had a €20M (£15.9) turned down by his club Sporting Lisbon.

That’s according to Portuguese paper Record who indicated that other clubs such as Crystal Palace and Everton were also interested in the 27 year-old striker and also made bids in January for the striker.

Islam turns 28 in June and usually that would mean he would be too old for Newcastle, but the transfer system at the club will be changed from now on.


Islam Slimani in action against Chelsea
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Pundit – Newcastle Look Completely Different Under Benitez

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 · 99 Comments

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes that Newcastle are now almost unrecognizable from the side that kept collapsing under former head coach Steve McClaren.

When Steve was finally sacked – far too late – we had only 24 points from 28 games played with McClaren still insisting he could save Newcastle from the drop – which he had been saying all season – he just needed more time.

And Wright thinks that if Rafa can save Newcastle, the turnaround on Tyneside would be even more important than the turnaround in that second half in Istanbul back in May, 2005.


Rafa Benitez – two games from glory?
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