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Newcastle’s Surprise Star Pleased With Season So Far


Center-back Ciaran Clark is on another run of games for Newcastle since coming back from a calf injury against Southampton. The 30-year-old was on a streak of nine starts before leaving at halftime in the 2-1 win against the Saints.

It was a surprising run for the Irish international who hadn’t made an appearance in the league before his first start against Manchester United to start October.

After going down with his injury, Clark missed the next 5 Premier League matches as well as the 1-1 draw at Rochdale in the FA Cup’s third round. However, Clark was back for the 1-1 draw at Wolves and has reclaimed his place on the left side of the back three.


He’s started each league match since and also played in the first game against Oxford at St James Park.

Ciaran Clark spoke to the Chronicle on Monday about Newcastle’s season so far.

He’s pleased with how things have gone but knows there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“We’re on 31 points now. We’d have taken that at the start of the season.

“We are only a few points off the top six, so that shows how tight the Premier League is this season.

“It shows the difference a couple of wins can make. We have made sure we are in the next round of the cup, and then we have time off.

“We want to carry on the run we’re on and pick up more wins.”

Clark was also asked about the string of poor performances culminating in the disappointing 0-0 draw against Norwich at St James Park a few weeks ago.

This is what he had to say about Newcastle’s lackluster display against the Canaries as well as their recent unbeaten streak.

“Norwich was tough for us because we wanted to get the win, but when you look at the table, the fact we got a point, and clean sheet and haven’t lost we’re happy with that.

“It took us into the top half for a while so that was progress. We all know how tough this league is, and each game will be difficult.

“We are on a good little run – yes a few draws, but we are unbeaten and we want to keep the momentum going and keep picking up the points.

“It is vital at this stage of the season.”

Newcastle are on a decent run going unbeaten in the last eight, which includes the four FA Cup games. They have a set of fixtures coming up over the next few months where they can continue to pick up points and climb the table.

Hopefully, they can also continue the run in the FA Cup as well with another favorable draw at West Brom in March.

DateOppositionWhereCompetitionKO Time
Sat 14 MarSheffield UnitedSt James ParkPL3:00 pm
Sat 21 MarManchester CitySt James ParkFA Cup 6th round3:00 pm
Sat 4 AprBournemouthDean CourtPL3:00 pm
Fri 10 AprWest HamSt James ParkPL3:00 pm
Sat 25 AprWatfordVicarage RoadPL3:00 pm
Sat 2 MayTottenhamSt James ParkPL3:00 pm

It’s been a surprise season for Ciaran, who never lets Newcastle down when he plays. This season he’s gotten his chance and has been one of our most consistent performers.


95 comments so far

  • NY Mag

    Feb 10, 2020 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Genji,

    Thanks for that article….it looks really interesting, I’ve skimmed it, but won’t comment until I’ve fully digested the details.

    4
  • Genjikai

    Feb 10, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Rob
    I will.read that again in the morning.
    It just seems like.a big wonga deal to me all of it.

    If someone delved into it i think youd find ashley has a company set up like this where he charges high rates.
    Maybe why we take money in installments.

    Charnley made it clear almiron was a rafa buy.
    He for some reason made that point clear.

    12
  • toon22

    Feb 11, 2020 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Gen

    One things certain
    If there’s a way Jabba can make money from football through our club, regardless of how dodgy it is , you can be certain it’s happening

    No doubt about it

    20
  • Online Guy

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Hats of to Genjikia

    Why ?

    He has worked tirelessly on behalf of all the Newcastle United Supporters and for the well-bieng of the football club we love, and in doing so has made Ashley reflect and answer to the likes of Chi and higher powers in gov’t circles ..made the nation aware of Ashley and causing much debate throughout various media.

    Genjikia holding down a job with wicked shift hours and still, that dedication for what’s right and proper all things Newcastle United .

    A lot talk a good campaign (me included) in trying to oust Ashley and because life gets in the way in trying to earn a crust , thats fair enough .

    Myself ? Iv been on the peripheral of one meeting but have contributed in other ways .

    Genjikia, big thanks from me for your dedication and all your efforts , and I’m sure the rest of the canny folks here on Ed’s celebrated website feel the same.

    Thanks mate !

    *****

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  • Online Guy

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #5

    #4

    Periphery .

    1
  • lesh

    Feb 11, 2020 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Bill’s son

    I’d read the Chron article earlier today before you posted your precised version.

    Your editing was such that Mikey boy’s been the victim of time wasters but the paragraphs you chopped our were the ones that suggested he’d been one asking for extras, moving goalposts and generally being less than straight with potential buyers.

    Sorry Bill’s son, but your editing was clumsy to say the least. You really should ask Bishop for a job – doing what god only knows but I’m sure he’d be able to find something for you to do. You seem to have the qualities that would sit perfectly with him and his paymaster.

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  • Online Guy

    Feb 11, 2020 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Lesh

    Good deduction ‘re Bills on is back

    Thing is I think he already has the job .

    Think it’s David Mills .

    Shame as I like David ….

    Bills son you do come across as an Ashley lackey .. be true to what’s right and wrong mate ..dont prostitute yourself …otherwise your living a lie.

    David ?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2020 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Bill’s Son is Back, is, was and always will be an Ashley cheerleader. How can anyone get so apoplectic with pure rage when Ashley is slighted then claim you want to see the back of him. Very much like claiming you want to see a manager here long term and funded while slating his every move from transfers to tactics to the size of his hands.

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  • lesh

    Feb 11, 2020 at 5:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail for Ashley

    @8

    Or maybe he’s nowt more than another wum?

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2020 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think he is lesh, he’s got a very long history on here

    3
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 11, 2020 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Bill’s has posted before he only post to annoy posters he doesn’t like.

    That’s a WUM in my book

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #12

    OP,
    There’s no doubt the cantankerous old git does go out of his way to be a WUM but there genuinely are people out there who still believe we’d have gone under without the benevolence of the great Mike Ashley.

    2
  • Bring back benitez

    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Munster mag..

    “Its not surprising that it took about 3 years to educate some of these people that it is ok to criticise a manager, even a good one with a big reputation.”

    What an arrogant man. Educating fans to criticize Rafa?

    You never think that these fans gave Rafa 100% support while he was here and are now willing to criticize him now he’s gone?

    Educating fans. What a tool

    18
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Out of our centre halfs I would see Clark and Lascalles more than capable of playing in a 4321/433 they both have pace , great in the air and have good positioning! Clark seems to have ironed out the mistakes that he was making before could be because hes a lot more experienced now? Fernandez as well could play in a 2 although he is prone to a lapse every now and again

    Lejuene and Schar just seem far too dodgy at the back these days don’t know if its fitness, contract situation or what is going on with them but they have been all over the place couldn’t be relied on as 2 piece together would be a bomb scare!

    4
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s a few wums on here, probably bored and want some attention – suddenly the chronicle has inside knowledge ..don’t make me laugh.
    Don’t believe anything in this takeover , there’s no proof Ashley spent any money on legal fees , it was well known kenyon never had the money , I may as well out a bid in myself ..
    Fatty will only sell if there is benefit to SD , this means him keeping advertising / merchandise and whatever else he can give off
    Clearly that would impact any growth opportunities for new owners

    6
  • hibbit

    Feb 11, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #16

    *mathematically safe*
    is key to this whole takeover/fakeover situation,
    IF its going to happen that’s when it will be. if it doesn’t Ashley’s mugged us again.

    8
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #17

    OP,

    Doesn’t matter how many times you post the same lie, it’s still a lie.

    2
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #18

    That whole f.a. cup over champions League yesterday made me laugh …. Define success …ROFL , we’ve beaten two league 1 teams after replays and have a relatively easy game against the baggies but eventually we’ll play someone decent and get knocked out , I guarantee it

    6
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #19

    For the record I would definitely take 4 years of champions League over an f.a. cup win

    7
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Sadly neither look likely under the current owner / management

    4
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #21

    lesh,

    I included stuff about MA changing the goalposts.

    However, that was almost all conjecture, not from the mouth of a buyer.

    Most of what I posted was based on what previous buyers have said, ie more factual, and Kenyon and the other guy have said that MA and his team were good to work with.

    It’s easy branding me as an MA supporter, sympathiser, defender when what I actually do is cut through the bile, hatred and conspiracy theories and look at what facts are actually available.

    In summary, that tells me Ashley will sell the club for £350M (a bargain in my eyes when Chelsea are valued at £5B) but no buyer has ever put that sum on the table and a few have been utter and total timewasters – they are the fakeover merchants not MA.

    After supporting NUFC for 58 years and seeing us win one trophy 51 years ago – any fan with a grain of impartiality who thinks that I don’t want Ashley replaced by an ambitious owner who will do everything they can to make us successful, is just being a wum.

    Does that mean though that I have to join the baying crowd and believe or perpetuate the hatred and bile filled conspiracy theories aimed at Ashley? No.

    I’ll leave others to do that.

    9
  • Jib

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Our optimum side is capable of beating anyone on their day
    I wouldn’t be so dismissive

    4
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #23

    lesh,

    Just occurred to me…

    You accuse me of being selective but choose to ignore that two previous buyers have said that, contrary to all the hype, that MA was and his team were smart and good to deal with.

    Plus, the deal with Kenyon was DONE, that is why MA announced publicly in November 2018 that a sale and takeover was imminent.

    And then…

    Kenyon, who had obviously convinced MA he had got the necessary investors together, FAILED TO COME UP WITH THE DOSH.

    It was KENYON who effectively moved the goalposts not MA.

    This is the reason why MA will not allow any future buyers to see the books and do DD unless they stump up £250,000 first. He’s fed up of timewasters.

    Why is that you and the other ‘he’ll never sell’ merchants don’t acknowledge that he WAS a willing seller??

    Blinkered, selective and fixed mindset, that’s why.

    4
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Bills, it’s clearly not a bargain in the eyes of buyers given we’re pretty much the only club in the EPL that hasn’t had a change of ownership despite being for sale for 13 years …
    Kenyon ( who didn’t have any money ) is the only person who said fatty is good to deal with afaik , we don’t know if anyone else has actually dealt with him regarding the sale of the toon.
    We do know the facts and he has a conflict of interest in selling , good for him, not so good for SD which he has mentioned time and time again that the relationship is very beneficial for

    9
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #25

    cans, you guarantee we’ll be knocked out by a decent team.

    WOW!!

    I thought I was on a Mackem blog.

    Your post is exactly word for word what you’d expect to read there.

    And you call yourself an NUFC supporter and post on an NUFC supporters blog??

    I couldn’t care how you try to explain or justify your post…

    No true real supporter who will bleed when we get knocked out of the cup would ever make a post gleefully hoping it will come true.

    Unbelievably crass.

    6
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #26

    cans,

    After your post about guaranteeing we’ll be knocked out of the cup by a decent team I won’t give your thoughts on anything to do with NUFC the time of day.

    Other than to say another buyer said the same as Kenyon… go read the article.

    5
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #27

    I thought it was after Stavely that Ashley demanded non refundable deposit … everyone knew Kenyon didn’t have the money way in advance – not sure why Ashley even spoke to him unless Kenyon had effectively told him he could keep whichever parts he wanted – obviously he couldn’t find any investors on those terms
    You already pointed out that Newcastle isn’t high on the list of cities either big investors nor players want to be in, population and GVA wise the north east is one of the poorest areas in the country

    5
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t read the chronicle , you’re blinded by faith and not looking at the reality of the situation

    4
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Bills – happy to have a bet with you that we won’t win the f.a. cup – pit your money where you’re mouth is , maybe Neil can be escrow for us

    2
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #30

    Bills – 100 quid we won’t win the f.a. cup this year ?

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #31

    cans,

    I didn’t say we’ll win it.

    But unlike you I’m not hoping, wishing and guaranteeing that we won’t.

    Fan my ar$e.

    4
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib – agreed , however we have to have a really good day , a lot of luck and the opposing team have to have a bad day at office and a lot of bad luck

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #33

    see the boys come out together Queer in it.
    bsib earlier post of bile against OP

    Bills Son Is Back
    Aug 6, 2019 at 9:13 PM
    Comment #13
    OP – no chance we or anyone will get the books as it will show all the shady deals friends family and SD are getting.
    You need to be very very careful making statements like that.
    Why?
    Because libel laws apply equally to the internet as anywhere else.
    You are making a serious allegation which, if untrue, could result in legal action against you AND Ed as the publisher of the blog.
    Ed could also be forced to remove all like minded blogs, remove any further posts immediately and be forced tp identify you and any others making similar accusations.
    Ashley could easily send his people to the likes of the Irish Club meeting, record accusations and easily mingle and identify you and other posters.
    If you think this is all bollocks you, Ed and others could be skating on very thin ice.
    I made what I believed was a sensible suggestion.
    You have basically come back and stuck two fingers up.
    I hope you’ve got deep pockets and are happy to lose your house if MA comes after you.

    4
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #34

    It’s not the Saudis buying the club (sorry trying to buy the club) it’s Staveley / Rueben Brother’s

    They’ve asked the PIF fund to finance the deal

    So Staveley etc will own the club / run the club and owe the Saudis the money

    So no issue with the fit and Proper persons tests etc

    It also means no open cheque book , but a plan to invest in the right way.

    If the Saudis wanted to buy it outright the deal could of been agreed in 2 seconds as they have unlimited money.

    Not sure if they would pass all the proper tests either.

    This has been going on for months / trying to set up the deal / structure etc

    It’s all down to Ashley now.

    It’s not fake , it’s 100 real

    No idea if it will happen or not.

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #35

    100% real attempt to buy the club

    7
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #36

    Hahahaahahaha pathetic – call yourself a fan , you’re just a wum , the blogs very own Chabuddy G

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #37

    You wonder why you’re the pilar of hate on this blog YES you are a WUM.

    4
  • #cans

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Funny Bills and Jib both have internet businesses ???

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #39

    Saxon,

    I couldn’t give a flying if I am a pillar of hate.

    If it makes your day get on with it.

    2
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Saxon,

    While your at it looking up my previous posts go help OP to find the one where he accuses me of posting that I only come on here to wind people up.

    Cheers.

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