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Birmingham Manager Rowett Backs Rescinding Of Red Cards

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 4 Comments

42 year-old Gary Rowett, the former Derby County and Birmingham defender, has been manager of Birmingham City for just over two years after managing Burton Albion for a couple of years.

Gary has held his press conference for the game at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon and he has come out in support of the FA’s reversal of the two red cards we got in that horrendous game at Nottingham Forest last Friday night.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett
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Why Big Money Will Be Available For Rafa Next Month

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 · 177 Comments

The reporting in the local press has been that Rafa Benitez will have some significant money to spend in the January transfer window and he can spend it  as long as good players are available to bring into the squad.

They will be players who can both help us gain promotion this season, which still has to be  the overwhelming target for Newcastle.

The players will also need to be good enough to be able to perform in the Premier League.

It could also be that as part of his negotiations in May to stay on at Newcastle, specific transfer amounts – probably minimums – were written into his contract for maybe the first three transfer windows.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
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TheseTwo Creative Midfielders Are Wanted By Newcastle

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 · 20 Comments

We reported a couple of days ago about an A Bola report in Portugal that Newcastle United were after box-to-box Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, but it was unclear whether it was for a summer move or a move next month.

There have been reports since that Rafa wants him for the January transfer window, but there are a couple of problems with that.

One is that there seems little chance of Porto wanting to let one of their very best players leave half-way through the season.

The second reason is that Herrera may not want to join second division club Newcastle, unless it’s absolutely certain we will be promoted in May back to the Premier League.


Hector Herrera – a Newcastle target
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If Newcastle Take Things For Granted – It’s At Their Peril

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 · 81 Comments

Matt Ritchie has done the interview duties today in the local press and he says he doesn’t think that the Championship is any more competitive than it was two years ago.

It’s just there is so much money to be made these days in the Premier League that’s it’s a huge opportunity for Championship clubs to get into the big time – at least in money terms.

And Matt has some experience of the Championship and getting out of it,  since he was part of the Championship winning side Bournemouth when they were promoted in 2015 with 90 points.

And the Cherries had a terrific emotional win over Liverpool on Sunday at Dean Court, when Liverpool were winning 3-1 and then managed to concede three goals in the last 14 minutes to lose the game 4-3.

Here’s three Liverpool fans after the game.

🙁 🙁 🙁


Matt Ritchie after scoring just before half time last Friday night
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It’s Time To Get Alan Shearer Back At Newcastle

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 · 10 Comments

Alan Shearer received the CBE from the Duke of Cambridge yesterday and it was another honor for the Newcastle United legend.

There’s no doubt that Shearer is a big name and a big personality in football and we wonder how long it will be before he has some official role to play In Rafa’s revolution going on at Newcastle United – his “project” as Rafa calls it.

It was interesting the two of them met for coffee in mid-October and it’s clear Rafa rated Alan as a great striker when he was playing – that’s not a big shock.


Alan Shearer – get him back as part of the club
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The Rotation Policy And Winning These Next Six Games

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 · 26 Comments

Newcastle were handed a little bit of a gift from the FA last night as we learned the red cards of Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett has both been overturned and they could now play in the game at home to Birmingham on Saturday.

It was a tough week last week losing those three games and we hardly had any luck in any one of the games we lost.

But it’s all over now and the lads need to press on with the good news being that our injury situation is not too bad at all, so we have a bug squad available for the six league games we have to play by January 2nd.


Matt Ritchie – accepting the rotation policy
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