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saw John Carver confirmed by the club as head coach for the remaining
sixteen games of the season:
Newcastle United can confirm
that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15
Managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "At the beginning of this process
it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of
head coach who would be available to start immediately.
"Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this
time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head
coach until the end of the season.
"The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major
role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is
vitally important that we get the right individual.
"John has a long history with the
Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a
minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John,
supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this."
John Carver, said: "This is a proud day for me.
"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football
club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and
its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.
"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look
forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football
50 year-old Tynesider took interim charge of the first team ahead of the home
game with Burnley on New Years Day following the departure of Alan Pardew.
Seeing United draw 3-3 in his first game, Carver then presided over a 0-1
defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup, a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea and most recently
the 2-1 home loss to Southampton.
Confirmation of his appointment until late May is seen as further evidence
that the club's preferred candidate for the role on a permanent basis is
unavailable at present - or that there's no desire to make any appointment and
Carver is merely seeing out the season.
Whether JC could make sufficient impact in that 20 game stretch to convince
United that he's their man in the long term is doubtful, but he remains under
contract until September 2020 and therefore in line to keep a post within the
club - or receive a considerable payoff.
It also reinforces the managerial structure at the club, with no requirement
for a manager to be in post when decisions over the future of players soon to
be out of contract are made (a situation that Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez,
Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell, Remi Streete and Lubo Satka all face
for Toon teen
Magpies youngster Mackenzie Heaney is in the England U16 squad for a
four team tournament to be staged at the FA's St.Georges Park base next month.
The 16 year-old forward is included in a 20 name selection for fixtures
against Switzerland on Monday February 16th, Slovakia two days later (both
1pm) and France on Saturday February 21st (2pm).
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday
featured the on-loan defender for the full 90 minutes. Yanga was booked on what
was his 20th Roma appearance.
That has been widely reported as the trigger point for Yanga's loan deal to
become a permanent transfer, at a pre-determined price of €7m understood to
include the initial €1.5m loan fee paid back in August.
Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French
side Montpellier at a claimed cost of €8.4m.
No confirmation has come from either club as yet.
/ Callum Roberts (Gateshead)
The Tynesiders visited Wrexham on Saturday for an FA Trophy Third Round tie and
Adam gave them a first half lead before the home side quickly levelled.
Campbell then thought he'd scored his fourth Heed in just two games, only for
an offside flag to rule the effort out.
With no more scoring at the Racecourse Ground, the two teams must now meet
again at the International Stadium on Wednesday. At stake is a Fourth Round
tie at either Halifax Town or Dartford on Saturday February 7th.
Roberts didn't feature in the squad despite being eligible - possibly due to the injury
that forced him off
during last Tuesday's Newcastle U21 game against Blackburn.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Last appearing in late November, the
winger's hamstring injury hadn't healed enough to earn a recall for a 3-2 home
win over Lorient in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game: Millwall (h) Championship, Sat 31st Jan.
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Update: Black Country newspaper the Express and Star suggested on
Monday that West Brom were looking elsewhere after Palace offered Ameobi
Having returned to Tyneside barely halfway through his first season in Turkey,
former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is reported to have been offered
a short-term contract in England by two of his former managers.
Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion are the two clubs
in question, Alan Pardew keen to be reunited with his number 23 from
Tony Pulis meanwhile is seeking to increase his squad at the Hawthorns and has
been linked with Shola, a player who spent time on loan at Stoke City in 2008
while Pulis was in charge at the Britannia.
Both sides made it through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday - a
competition Ameobi would be eligible to appear in.
Were a deal to be done, Ameobi could come up against Newcastle for the first
time in his career in February (away at Palace) or May (at home to West Brom).
Although their Fifth Round tie against the mackems is still to
be played, Newcastle's U18 side now know the identity of their possible
opponents in the Quarter Finals, after the Sixth Round draw was conducted on
Dave Watson's side would enjoy home advantage against either Swansea
City or Chelsea, who meet in a Fifth Round tie at Aldershot this
coming Wednesday evening.
The West Londoners are the current cup holders and ended Newcastle's interest
in this competition at the Sixth Round stage last season, winning 3-2 at SJP.
United will face their red and white counterparts at the stadium of plight on Wednesday
February 4th at 7pm.
Travelling fans will be accommodated in the South Stand. Access is via
turnstiles 61 and 62 and admission costs £3 adults and £1 U16s &
A result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if
FA Youth Cup Fifth Round draw:
Nottingham Forest v Burnley
Chelsea v Swansea City
Liverpool v Birmingham City
Manchester City v Stoke City
Arsenal v Crewe Alexandra
04.02.2015 mackems v Newcastle United
Southampton v Leicester City
Spurs v Manchester United
FA Youth Cup Sixth Round draw:
Southampton or Leicester v Liverpool or Birmingham
mackems or Newcastle v Chelsea or Swansea
Man City or Stoke City v Arsenal or Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest or Burnley v Spurs or Man United
Reading U21s 4
Newcastle U21s 3
returned to league action on Saturday afternoon, losing a thrilling
encounter at Reading's Hogwood Park training ground by the odd goal in seven.
Making six changes to the starting lineup that exited from the U21 Cup in
midweek, youngster Adam Laider retained his place in defence for his league
debut at this level.
Remie Streete returned from injury and there was a first competitive club
outing in almost a year for Curtis Good, having recovered from a long-standing
Tom Heardman put the Magpies ahead when the Royals'
'keeper dallied and the striker nipped in, took the ball off him and tapped it
home with just five minutes gone.
But the home side levelled a minute later with a curled effort from 22-yards
from Jack Stacey.
The Royals went ahead in the 19th minute when Pierce Sweeney headed in a right
wing corner which hit Streete on the way in.
But back came United, Haris Vuckic
cutting in from the left and hit a shot that hit a defender and looped over the
'keeper and into the net as Heardman followed up twelve minutes before the
The Royals regained the lead in the 58th minute when the
visitors' defence failed to clear and Ryan Edwards played in Stacey who fired
powerfully from ten yards left-footed.
Ten minutes later it was all-square again when Alex Gilliead's mazy run left
three defenders trailing and his cross was side-footed in by Adam Armstrong
via the underside of the bar - his sixth goal in just four starts.
Reading went in front again on 82 minutes when Edward's shot was
parried by Freddie Woodman only for Dominic Samuel to fire the rebound into
Despite this defeat Peter Beardsley's side retained pole position in Division
Two on goal difference - and a 3-0 defeat for Boro at Brighton on Monday kept
Thanks to GW for the report.
Team: Woodman, Barlaser, Laidler, Williams, Streete (Bigirimana 46),
Good, Gilliead, Smith, Heardman, Armstrong, Vuckic.
Subs n/u: Gillesphey, Broccoli, Ward, Quinn.
RFC: Henly, Long, Griffin, Kuhl, Hyam, Sweeney, Stacey, Fridjonsson,
Samuel, Edwards, Fosu.
Subs: McLennan, Ward, Shaughnessy, Kelly, Cardwell.
3 Newcastle U18s 1
Goals online here (you tube)
Dave Watson's U18s
side lost to their Derby counterparts on Saturday afternoon, despite taking the lead
in a bruising encounter at the Rams' Oakwood Academy.
Jamie Cobain burst into the box to fire the yellow-clad Magpies ahead after 25 minutes but the Rams
equalised just eight minutes later through Charles Vernam.
A defensive lapse then allowed the Rams to go ahead just five minutes into the
second half through Kellan Gordon, Alex Babos wrapping up the points late on.
Full details to follow.
Thanks to Malc h for the images
League Cup fiasco: Spurs say sorry
Tottenham Hotspur statement, Friday:
"We aim to deliver a great experience for all supporters at White Hart
Lane and we would like to apologise to those Newcastle United supporters who
experienced congestion at the turnstiles prior to our Capital One Cup tie on
"We are always pleased to work with the FSF (Football Supporters
Federation) to resolve any issues and in this case we are pleased that we
have been able to do so.
"The safety of supporters is paramount and we will always seek to
optimise our procedures to deliver the best experience for all fans attending
matches at White Hart Lane."
This move follows contact between the FSF and Spurs regarding the events
prompted by the detonation of a smoke canister in the away section of White
That resulted in delayed entry for hundreds of blameless Toon fans - whose
orderly reaction outside the ground prevented what was an inconvenience
becoming a far more dangerous incident.
Many of those involved subsequently reported their observations and those
accounts have played a part in Spurs altering their entrance procedure for
away fans - thanks to everyone who bothered to make contact.
PS: the smoke bomber was identified and arrested.
more details online here
Tiote draws again,
Midfielder Cheick Tiote started the game for Ivory Coast as they drew 1-1 with Mali on
Saturday. He received a second caution in as many games, completing 90
Having won their opening group stage match against Ghana without fielding striker Papiss Cisse, Senegal
drew 1-1 with South Africa on Friday. Once again Cisse was among the
substitutes and remained on the bench, despite his side using all three
E. Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali
Mon 19.01.2015 Ghana won 2-1 (unused sub)
Fri 23.01.2015 South Africa drew 1-1 (unused sub)
Tue 27.01.2015 Algeria (5.45pm British Eurosport*)
Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Tue 20.01.2014 Guinea drew 1-1 (played full game)
Sat 24.01.2014 Mali drew 1-1 (played full
Wed 28.01.2014 Cameroon (5.45pm British
* only shown live if qualification is at stake
Magpies return to action this Saturday when they visit the
KC Stadium for a Premier League fixture that is televised live on BT Sport.
Kick-off is at 12.45pm and all 2,500 away tickets have been sold. Note
that since our last visit, travelling fans are now housed in the North East
corner of the stadium rather than behind the goal as in previous
Power match betting is online here
to win @ 17/10
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to
fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).
Squad: Steven Taylor and Rolando Aarons remain out, while Siem de
Jong, Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Taylor are back in training. Cheick
Tiote and Papiss Cisse are on international duty at the African Nations Cup.
HCFC: To follow.
Snodgrass, Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, Abel Hernandez, Nikica Jelavic and
James Chester all miss out due to injury, while there are doubts over Alex Bruce,
Sone Aluko, Andy Robertson and Gaston Ramirez.
Like Newcastle, The Tigers also have a two week break ahead of this game, as a
result of their FA Cup Third Round defeat at Arsenal.
Winning just two of their ten Premier League home games this season (2-0
against Crystal Palace and Everton), draws were achieved against Stoke (1-1),
West Ham (2-2) and West Bromwich Albion (0-0).
Five teams have left Humberside with maximum points to date: Manchester City
(2-4), Southampton (0-1), Spurs (1-2), Swansea (0-1) and Leicester
Travel: To follow
UK TV: Live on BT Sport
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Other Premier League fixtures
(3pm unless specified):
Crystal Palace v Everton
Liverpool v West Ham
Manchester United v Leicester City
Stoke City v QPR
mackems v Burnley Stadium of Light
West Bromwich Albion v Spurs
Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Aston Villa (1.30pm) Sky
Southampton v Swansea City (4pm) Sky
Toon @ Tigers - competitive
2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 (PL) S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1990/91 lost 1-2 (Div 2) McGhee*
1989/90 won 1-0 (FAC) O'Brien*
1989/90 won 3-1 (Div 2) McGhee, Anderson, Brazil*
1976/77 drew 0-0 (ASC)*
1935/36 won 3-2 (Div 2) Pearson, Smith, Imrie+
1934/35 won 5-1 (FAC) Bott 2, Cairns, Pearson, og+
1934/35 drew 1-1 (Div 2) Pearson+
1929/30 lost 0-1 (FAC)+
1912/13 drew 0-0 (FAC)+
At KC Stadium unless
+ At Anlaby Road
The only league table that
While headlines have been grabbed by news that United have returned to Deloitte's
Top 20 Football Rich List, one line is enough to make the toon followers
"Newcastle United are commercially in the strongest position in
Never mind enjoyment or credibility, never mind winning or trying to
win things, never mind that commercially weaker clubs like Swansea, Stoke,
Southampton and West Ham are above us in the Premier League, as long as the figures add
up, everything's tickety boo eh?
Deloitte's verdict on the Magpies:
"Newcastle United return to the Money League in 19th place
after increasing revenues by 35% to £129.7 million.
"On the pitch the Magpies endured a
frustrating season; exiting both cup competitions in the early rounds, and
suffering home and away defeats to arch rivals Sunderland before finally
finishing in 10th place in the Premier League.
"Newcastle’s broadcast revenue,
much like the other English clubs, increased significantly by £27.2 million
(53%) to £78.2 million thanks to the new Premier League broadcast deals.
"This offset the loss of UEFA
distributions (€5.3 million) as a result of Newcastle’s run to the
quarter-final stages of the UEFA Europa League the previous season.
"Newcastle’s lack of European
football in 2013/2014 resulted in four fewer home matches being played at St
James’ Park, which decreased match-day revenue by 7% to £25.9 million.
"The St James’ Park average
attendance of 50,688 for the Premier League season was the third highest in
"Commercially, revenue increased by
an impressive 50% to £25.6 million in 2013/2014. This was the first year of
the controversial shirt sponsorship agreement with Wonga, as well as the
continuation of long term partnerships with Puma and Thomas Cook, and the
addition of online gaming brand 138.com.
"With Wonga and Thomas Cook already
signed up to long term agreements, and Puma recently announcing a long term
contract extension at the start of the 2014/2015 season, Newcastle United are
commercially in the strongest position in their history.
"After being an ever present in the
Money League until 2007/2008, the new Premier League broadcast deal has helped
propel Newcastle United back into the Money League top 20 this year.
"Given the strong commercial
performance of the club coupled with the Toon Army’s continuing support in
their impressive numbers, Newcastle should be capable of an extended stay in
the Money League in future editions."
Lee Charnley's mention of
not being easy sellers was obviously referring to the owner, not
There's no reason for Ashley to sell up given these figures - and were he to
have a change of heart, the price tag would factoring in losing those
revenues, taking it into the stratosphere.
The City AM website provide their evaluation here
When considering the revenue versus net spend data reproduced though, consider
this: Transfer values are based on media reports, as NUFC don't publish that
data - leaving the integrity of that data highly questionable.
In plain terms, there's no guarantee as much was spent or recouped as is
claimed - or vice versa of course. A flashy graphic and a totaliser on a TV
news bulletin is as near as you'll get to knowing just how much the Anitas,
Sissokos, Rivieres and Cabellas of this world cost.
A summary of the latest Deloitte report and links to older reports is online here
If you really want to be depressed have a look and look for clubs that remain
One name stands out - one seemingly intent on extending that inglorious record
yet further. We are the ennui FC.
and white....and red:
Howay the vlads!
The Northern Echo's Scott Wilson has published his take on the
Chronicle's Charnley piece, relocating Mike Ashley's HQ to the Kremlin in the
process. Worth a read here
weeks into the search for a new Newcastle United manager/coach/scapegoat, club
MD Lee Charnley has broken his silence in a question and answer session
with the Evening Chronicle that can be read
Until this point, Charnley followed a similar path to
owner Mike Ashley, with club-published minutes from fans forums the sole
output from anyone in an executive role at SJP since Derek Llambias quit in
June 2013, save for the statement confirming Charnley as MD online here
Fourteen questions and fourteen answers later though, it's a struggle to find
anything new to chew over - with nothing of consequence regarding the vacant
position, other than the equivalent of a "work in progress"
Certainly anyone looking to be reinvigorated for the remainder of this season
- or for a reason not to post off that direct debit cancellation - will be
disappointed. A mere 16 games to go?, why the season's almost over!
An apparent retread of the job description devised for Alan Pardew following
the departure of Chris Hughton is aired, while there's no attempt made to
communicate on squad specifics eg the status of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas
Gutierrez, Facundo Ferreyra, Papiss Cisse etc.
In that regard, this Q & A differs from the February 2013 Chronicle one
with Llambias, when he commented on specific players including Loic Remy and
"I can’t envisage any player we want to retain
leaving" (in January), if as we know, every player is for sale at the right
price, then retaining them is the very last thing they'll do if the asking
price is met.
And as for a line about being "difficult sellers", the loss
of Yohan Cabaye to PSG was hardly complicated - except for the bit about JFK
screwing up the transfer fee....
The issue of how a coach conducts themselves is flagged up as important, yet
he claims nothing but total support for Pardew throughout his time in charge -
despite the fact he felt it necessary to fine the guy £100K and issue a
formal warning over his touchline antics at Hull.
The thorny issue of communication is also revisited, with an admission that
the apologist role handed to Pardew affected his chances of winning over the
But a vow to look at how the club communicates is in reality no different to
comments from his predecessor given to the Chronicle in February 2009 - minus
the apology then for failing to keep supporters informed.
Paranoia over saying anything that can be used against him (remember that
Llambias's declared intention in 2009 was to emulate Aston Villa) makes this
2015 attempt mostly meaningless. Speaking but not speaking.
The MD will be judged on the quality of his appointment and whether the
managerial structure that he advocates succeeds in the eyes of
Everything else - including what publishing the Q & A says about the
current relationship between the club and the Chronicle - is window
PS: Charnley on Pardew:
"....we moved on significantly as a club during his four years, on and
off the field."
December 2010, 11th in the Premier League
January 2015. 11th in the Premier League
Local lads march on
Having made it through six rounds of this
season's FA Vase, Northern League side North Shields have home
advantage in the last 16 of the competition.
The Robins won the old Amateur Cup at the National Stadium back in 1969 and can
move a step closer to achieving a return by overcoming Phoenix Sports at the
Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday February 7th.
Their opponents play in the Southern Counties East League and are based in the
town of Barnehurst, just inside the M25.
The region's other representatives Dunston UTS must travel to Glossop North End in
their Fifth Round tie.
of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who"
are still available, priced at £32.50 from
The Back Page shop
on St. Andrews Street, via
the Evening Chronicle
front office and branches of Waterstones
They can also
be bought from
the publisher here
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those via that address.
failed to make progress on a deal to end alleged striker Facundo Ferreyra's
loan at SJP, Serie A side Genoa have gone elsewhere to augment their squad.
The 23 year-old Argentinean arrived on a season-long loan from Shaktar Donetsk
on the recommendation of Fabricio Coloccini - but is yet to make a competitive
appearance for Newcastle.
Reported interest from Genoa earlier this month raised hopes that Ferreyra's
loan would be cancelled, allowing him to go to Italy - a country he holds a
However the Italian press claim that the departure of Alan Pardew put the
matter on hold - a baffling situation given Lee Charnley's comments in the
Chronicle on Tuesday about having the maximum 25 players registered.
Genoa have now secured the services of AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang for the
remainder of the season - a player United were reportedly interested in
acquiring on loan.
PS: we did wonder whether the "three clubs in a season"
situation experienced by old boy Hatem Ben Arfa was also afflicting Ferreyra
due to his playing for our U21 side - and thus ruining any chance of him going
Although he was named on the bench for Shaktar's first league game of the
season in July, the player nicknamed "chucky" didn't feature against
Metalurh Zaporizhya and has only played in friendlies for them this season.
A rational explanation of what looks to the outsider like a total farce will
one day surely emerge. For now though, we continue to employ - and pay - a
player who isn't injured but playing no part in our season. WTF?
Elia at the double as United slip to defeat
Newcastle 1 Southampton 2
Old boys on the move
Former Magpies finding new clubs this month:
David Edgar (loaned to Huddersfield by Birmingham)
Aidan Grant (free agent, joined Lincoln City)
Lewis Guy (left Gateshead, joined Barrow)
Marwood (left St.Mirren, joined Forest Green)
Brandon Miele (free agent, joined Shamrock Rovers)
James Tavernier (loaned to Bristol City by Wigan)