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The headline to strike fear into the heart of any self respecting Newcastle fan.

I'm not a professional football man so clearly unable to understand the mystery of what Shola Ameobi brings to a team.

Obviously I bow to Pardue's greater perception when he says Shola is unplayable at his best.

It's just the 50,000 fans at St James' all wrongly think Shola is totally sh*t !!

Time we started keeping a record of Pardew's famous quotes though like the Ben Arfa one "he'll be back before the end of the season" only to later admit "there was never any chance of Ben Arfa being back before the end of the season.

Soon we'll be hearing "Ameobi is never going to make it as a striker" as he puts Shola out on loan to Hartlepool, ok I know that just wishful thinking on my part !! 

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Pardew determined to get the most out of Ameobi  FRUSTRATING ... Shola Ameobi can be unplayable, according to United manager Alan Pardew.
By MILES STARFORTH
Published on Friday 16 September 2011 14:02


ALAN Pardew admits one of his biggest challenges this season will be to get the best out of Shola Ameobi week in, week out.


An isolated Ameobi struggled to make an impression in Monday night’s goalless draw at Queens Park Rangers.

But Pardew could keep faith with Ameobi – who he says is “unplayable” at his best – away to Aston Villa tomorrow.

“Shola’s the sort of player who, on his day, is unplayable,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“It’s frustrating some times, as you want that every week. You could look at a lot of players of Shola’s build and type, and it’s very difficult to produce that week in, week out.

“With Shola, it’s about targeting the right gameplan for him, and the gameplan the other night didn’t really work for him.” Another of Pardew’s strikers, summer signing Demba Ba, is yet to show any form for his new club.

However, his attack will be significantly strengthened when Hatem Ben Arfa – pencilled in for a return against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night – makes his comeback from injury.

Pardew went on: “I think the strikers at this football club are slightly underrated.

“Demba Ba’s been on Ramadan, and I think in the last two cameos he’s shown, he looks a little bit sharper.”

“We also have the massive creative influence of Hatem Ben Arfa, who I’ve not actually managed in a league game yet.

“He needs to play through the middle. He suggested to me in pre-season that he has the work-rate and diligence to play in that role.”
http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/pardew_determined_to_get_the_most_out_of_ameobi_1_3779756


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Referee watch / Replaying matches with referee errors
« on: November 21, 2009, 07:38:40 pm »


While we are on the subject of replaying the France v Ireland match because of referee error.

Could we also replay that Argentina v England World Cup quarter final as well where Maradonna punched the ball into the net  ;D  ;D 

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Referee watch / How would we use video technology in football ??
« on: November 21, 2009, 03:47:07 pm »
I'm assuming for important games only i.e. Premier League and above and you would have a video replay ref sitting watching the TV like other sports with all the other officials hooked up to communicate.

Well most of the arguments are around off side decisions which are clearly measurable and the assistant referee often gets them wrong. So help there would be good but you would need some rules around when the linesman or referee could call in a replay. Then what happens if play stops and it should not have done, bounce up ?

The next most common argument is much harder, penalty appeals. A lot of that is down to referee interpretation of handball and whether a player played the ball or not in a tackle. So makes it really hard to bring in the interpretation of a video referee. Think you would have to give the referee the option to ask for the video ref to decide if he was not certain.

One thing that rarely happens is the one thing FIFA have trialed which is did the ball cross the goal line. Big disputes over that probably only happen a couple of times a season but tv replays would cut that out as well rather than the ridiculous idea of goal line technology in isolation which would rarely be called upon.

At the end of the day, all other top sports use tv replays so football needs to find a way also.

   

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So lets put this in perspective then. For £1,500 you can:

- get 1 vote in NUST and precious little else

- take your wife on a Meditteranean cruise

- take the family to Disneyland

- 6 months free drinking

- Newcastle United season ticket for 2 years

Any other better ideas  ???  ???


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Not sure the Premier League can beat this for glamour, Flavio Briatore and his 28 year old wonderbra model wife Elisabetta


Had to laugh at this photo of him falling into his dinghy. He really needs to find a better way to get in there

The millionaire takeover at QPR has not been too unlike Ashley's reign at Newcastle. Match day ticket prices ratcheted up to £50 a game whilst only £5 million spent on players last summer. Briatore likes to pick the team, can be seen shouting instructions from the Directors box to the dug out during matches and is onto his 5th manager since he arrived with Jim Magilton the current incumbent.

Last season they finished 11th, 13 points off a play off place.

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Briatore's hands-on approach to running QPR
Saturday, 1 November 2008
MATT BRIGHT

'There are discussions about the team with Flavio Briatore,' says caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth (right), 'but I have the final input on who goes out there'

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When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea he splashed out £110m on Juan Sebastian Veron, Claude Makelele, Joe Cole et al. When the Abu Dhabi United Group bought Manchester City they signed Robinho for £32m, made an offer for Dimitar Berbatov and inquired after Fernando Torres. When Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal, combined wealth estimated at £50bn plus, acquired Queen's Park Rangers last autumn, their first transfer window resulted in £5m expenditure on seven players. The big signings were Matthew Connolly and Rowan Vine at £1m apiece.


Clearly this was one billionaire takeover that was not going to be a flashy, arriviste, crass, subversion of footballing values. Instead, explained Briatore, the £14m takeover aimed at a steady development. "QPR is a very nice story," he said. "You start from the bottom and reorganise the club. It's much more sexy to take a Championship club up [to the top]."

Outsiders may be surprised but many QPR fans applauded this outlook. Dave Thomas, veteran founder and editor of the two-decade old fanzine, A Kick Up The R's, explained: "We all had a good laugh about being 'the richest club in the world' and all that, but once we thought about it most people thought, 'We don't want to sell out our soul, we don't want to become another Chelsea'. A lot of what Briatore said about running the club along proper economic lines made sense."

However, the mood at Loftus Road has soured. This campaign season-ticket prices were raised significantly then, three matches into the season, so were match-day admissions with the most expensive tickets costing £50, a new mark in the Championship. There was a sense that this was not value for money, either on the pitch, where the summer signings were largely free transfers, or off it. The ground has been treated to a lick of paint, and the corporate areas given a stylish makeover, but most of the seats remain cramped with many suffering from partially obstructed views. A fans' protest has since brought a reduction in ticket prices but at the cost of revealing an apparent split in the philosophy of the club's owners. Briatore, who is a mere multi-millionaire, is seen as the man behind the increase. Amit Bhatia, son-in law of the unfeasibly rich Lakshmi Mittal and vice-chairman of QPR Holdings (Briatore is chairman), is regarded as proposing the reduction. Ecclestone, meanwhile, appears to have lost interest.

Of the three, Briatore is the most heavily involved. He is the visible presence at matches, at the training ground, and in the dressing room. He is the man who brings celebrities and glamour models to Loftus Road and, it is alleged, has pondered changing the club's name to London Rangers, or Queen's Park City, to capitalise on its location. It has been noted that the words "Loftus Road, London" appear on the redesigned crest.

Briatore has spoken of wanting to create "an international brand" and a "boutique club". QPR, he boasts, is the talk of the F1 paddock. Having run a successful F1 team [Benetton] he obviously relishes now having a football club. Defender Peter Ramage said of Briatore, "I have never encountered an owner who is so hands on." That involvement, it is now suspected, extends to having a say on team selection. Briatore is on his fourth manager. Having worked his way through John Gregory, Luigi de Canio and Iain Dowie he is now weighing up caretaker Gareth Ainsworth's suitability. To cynics Ainsworth's chances are growing, not because QPR have taken four points from two daunting fixtures – away to free-scoring Reading, and at home to then-leaders Birmingham – but because he has done so with a team which appears heavily influenced by Briatore. The chairman already appeared to dictate transfers.

De Canio, having come from Serie A, intimated he was happy to defer to others but it is understood Dowie's pre-season spending plans were abruptly dismissed by the board. One player who did arrive was Daniele Tommasi, the 34-year-old former Italian international, on a free transfer from relegated La Liga club Levante. He failed to play under Dowie but made the bench at Reading last Saturday and started against Birmingham in midweek. The scorer of that game's only goal was Samuel Di Carmine. Another summer arrival, on loan from Fiorentina, the Reading game was his first league start.

Back in the team at the Madejski was Daniel Parejo, on loan from Real Madrid. It was his first start since September. Another presumed Briatore recruit, Emmanuel Ledesma, on loan from Genoa, was in the team against Birmingham. It is widely believed that Dowie, who won eight and drew four of 15 matches in charge, left following a row with Briatore on team selection. "I don't pick the team," said Briatore subsequently. Ainsworth said, after the Reading game, "I picked the team. There are discussions about the team and individual players with Flavio Briatore – he has put a lot of money in the club and wants to know how his investments are going – but I have the final input on who goes out there." It may be that, as with Roman Abramovich, Briatore merely wants to be kept in the loop and feel an insider among football professionals.

Or he tells Ainsworth: "You pick the team, just make sure these guys are in it." Either way it is working. On the message boards of QPR fan websites outright dissent is now mingled with admiration for the team selections, whoever is making them.

Rangers, who are at Ipswich today, are on the brink of the play-off places. But so are most Championship clubs. It is unlikely that Terry Venables, Roberto Donadoni, Roberto Mancini or Gianluca Vialli, all of whom have been linked with the post, would brook any interference. Nor would they take kindly to Briatore shouting instructions to the dug-out from the directors' box, which eyewitness accounts suggest happened on Tuesday. Thomas, whose dedication is such he commutes from Bolton to games, said: "No one is burning effigies but there's now an enormous amount of cynicism and mistrust of Briatore. There is a perception that he is only interested in his celebrity friends. We're a bit uneasy now."

New faces How Italian has influenced the line-up

*Iain Dowie's last starting XI (21 Oct, v Swansea, 0-0)


Radek Cerny

Damien Delaney

Damion Stewart

Fitz Hall

Peter Ramage

Gavin Mahon

Mikele Leigertwood

Martin Rowlands

Lee Cook

Dexter Blackstock

Akos Buzsaky

*Ainsworth/Briatore's first starting XI (25 Oct, v Reading, 0-0)

Radek Cerny

Mikele Leigertwood

Damion Stewart

Fitz Hall

Matthew Connolly

Akos Buzsaky

Gavin Mahon

Martin Rowlands

Lee Cook

Samuel Di Carmine (right)

Daniel Parejo

*The new introductions

Matthew Connolly (signed January 2008 from Arsenal – Undisclosed)

Samuel Di Carmine (July 2008 from Fiorentina – Loan)

Daniel Parejo (August 2008 from Real Madrid – Loan)
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/briatores-handson-approach-to-running-qpr-981785.html

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The thing I like about Joe Kinnear is that he does not shirk the big issues, he talks openly to the press about them and he calls a spade a spade.

He's absolutely spot on about Michael Owen and reflects what we have been saying on here today. Michael Owen is a quality player and any Premier League team including one of the top 4 could come in for him.

Whether he is a luxury we can't afford is another debate, and that much depends on the resolution of Mike Ashley's selling of the club.   

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Michael Owen will be 'spoilt for choice' if he leaves Newcastle United, says Joe Kinnear
Michael Owen will be "spoilt for choice" if he decides to leave Newcastle United, according to Joe Kinnear.
 
By Rob Stewart
Last Updated: 7:31PM GMT 07 Nov 2008

 In demand: Michael Owen (r) will have a slew of clubs to choose from should he move on Photo: PA
Newcastle's interim manager predicted a rush of clubs seeking Owen's services after Chelsea were tipped to move for him in January and he believes the England striker could take his pick from any top-four side if he cannot be persuaded to stay at St James' Park.

"Of course, it's understandable that other clubs are interested," Kinnear said as he prepared his side for Saturday's game against Fulham. "He is a 28-year-old, who has bags of ability and can score goals so there must be dozens who want him.

"He will be spoilt for choice. I think Michael is probably in the best position, better than the position the club are in. You would love to be in that position, wouldn't you? Michael can't lose."

The future of Newcastle's club-record £17 million signing remains so uncertain because his £110,000-per-week, four-year contract will expire in June, when he would be able to move on a free transfer.

But there has been speculation his paymasters might be prepared to sell him in January, when he would be able to start negotiating with prospective new employers. Blackburn manager Paul Ince is rumoured to be interested in a reunion with his former Liverpool colleague.

Kinnear added: "I know what I would say to him if I keep the job: 'Stay here.' But I have no idea who may come in.

"Who's to say it won't be Manchester United, Liverpool, anybody. If all these clubs say they're chasing Michael, he is in a position to choose."

Doubts over Owen's future have increased since Newcastle were put up for sale by Mike Ashley and contract talks were placed on hold.

"I don't think it will be difficult for Newcastle to keep him but the problem is no one knows if it's being sold," Kinnear said. "If it is, it's the new owner's problem.

"I've told Michael that if my future is at this club I don't want to lose any of my best players. I'd like to think I could keep Michael."

As for Joey Barton, Kinnear claimed his hopes of an England recall are being undermined by his past misdemeanours.

"So far if you look at the strength of England's midfield players, Barton at his best would have a chance," Kinnear said. "All the past stuff about Joey has stopped him playing for England. These things do tend to die off but hopefully someone will give him a break."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/newcastle/3401033/Michael-Owen-will-be-spoilt-for-choice-if-he-leaves-Newcastle-United-says-Joe-Kinnear-Football.html

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Latest News / Wed 17th Sept-Guthrie escapes further ban, Hull city fuming
« on: September 17, 2008, 01:08:59 pm »


Fagan is out injured for 3 months. Guthrie has sent him a text to apologise after Hull would not let him speak to their player. Fagan is now saying the text was a bit of a let down, a phone call would have been better.

The FA say'The FA doesn't have the power to extend automatic suspensions. The only circumstances in which we could take any further action would be to issue an additional charge against a player. This occurs only in exceptional cases, such as Ben Thatcher's challenge on Pedro Mendes in 2006.'

Guthrie gets a 3 match ban.

Whatever way you look at it, in the circumstances Guthrie's challenge was reckless, stupid and very costly for Newcastle, has seriously injured another professional player and damaged the relationship between Hull City and ourselves.

Guthrie has let us all down at a time we really need all the players to do their utmost for the club.  >:(  >:(  >:(   

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Hull's Fagan in justice call after Newcastle bad-boy Guthrie avoids lengthy ban for horror challenge

By Martin Hardy
Last updated at 11:45 AM on 17th September 2008

Danny Guthrie, who has escaped further punishment from the FA for the challenge that broke Craig Fagan’s leg, has still to apologise in person for the tackle.

The FA ruled they could not add to Guthrie’s three-game ban for violent conduct, despite citing the incident that saw Ben Thatcher suspended for eight games after knocking out Pedro Mendez two years ago.

Fagan will not play for another three months and he revealed: 'He's come out and said he wants to speak to me, but he sent me a text message on Monday night saying he’s disappointed with what's happened.

'In my eyes, that text message doesn't do the justice of what a phone call does. I'm not saying that he hasn't tried to apologise, but maybe it could be different.'

The Football Association had been expected to extend Newcastle midfielder Guthrie’s ban, but a statement said: 'Every sending off carries an automatic sanction under the current regulations. The FA doesn't have the power to extend automatic suspensions.

'The only circumstances in which we could take any further action would be to issue an additional charge against a player. This occurs only in exceptional cases, such as Ben Thatcher's challenge on Mendes in 2006.'

Fagan, in his second spell in the top-flight, added: 'I was starting to feel comfortable in the Premier League for the first time. I never really had that at Derby.

'I've been enjoying it all season. Everything was feeling good and falling into place. I felt I was starting to show what I can do. As so often happens in football though, when you're doing well, something like this can come along and spoil things.

'I took one look at the fixture list and I was devastated. We've got games against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham that I'll miss. Those are the games you're desperate to play in.

'I'm devastated that I'll be missing the games, but I've got to concentrate on getting back as quickly as possible.'

The 21-year-old was dismissed in stoppage time during the Magpies' 2-1 home
defeat on Saturday after taking a wild swing at Fagan, who was left with a fractured left leg.

The Football Association confirmed that it can take no further action on top of a mandatory three-match suspension for the red card.

A spokesman said: 'Every sending off carries an automatic sanction under the current regulations.

'The FA doesn't have the power to extend automatic suspensions. The only circumstances in which we could take any further action would be to issue an additional charge against a player.

'This occurs only in exceptional cases, such as Ben Thatcher's challenge on Pedro Mendes in 2006.'

However, the FA spokesman also confirmed that an ongoing review of their
disciplinary procedures could see a sliding scale introduced to increase punishments for serious offences.

He said: 'We are currently reviewing disciplinary procedures with a view to potential changes for next season and a sliding scale for red-card offences is one of the options under consideration.'

Thatcher, then at Manchester City, was handed an eight-match FA ban with another 15 games suspended for two years in 2006 after a challenge which left Portsmouth's Mendes concussed and requiring neurological tests.

Guthrie will miss the managerless Magpies' Barclays Premier League clashes with
West Ham and Blackburn, and Tottenham's Carling Cup visit to St James' Park.

Today's news will come as a relief to beleaguered caretaker boss Chris Hughton,
who may be able to welcome back Obafemi Martins and Damien Duff for Saturday's
trip to Upton Park.

But he will still be without the banned Joey Barton and the injured Mark Viduka, Jonas Gutierrez, Habib Beye, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1056934/Fagan-justice-bad-boy-Guthrie-avoids-lengthy-ban-horror-challenge.html

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Paper Talk / Mon 15th sept - B*llocks from the Daily Mail
« on: September 15, 2008, 02:16:09 pm »


Talk about cashing in on a crisis.

The main back page story of the Daily Mail this morning is of Newcastle sacking Toon icon Alan Shearer.

Personally I can hardly stop yawning at the thought of who our club Ambassador is but I suppose the Daily Mail are trying to fan the flames of our lunatic element by saying that Ashley has now sacked Shearer as well.

In any case the club have now released an official statement to confirm that actually his contract as ambassador ran out last season and the club have since given him a box to watch the games from.

So Daily Mail, you are bl**dy crap for running such a bl**dy crap and totally made up story to try and inflame an already volatile situation.

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Alan Shearer is kicked out as Mike Ashley reveals Newcastle's cash crisis

By Colin Young Last updated at 10:19 AM on 15th September 2008

Alan Shearer has been sacked from his role as official ambassador of Newcastle United by controversial owner Mike Ashley, who last night exposed the financial crisis engulfing the club.

Former England and Newcastle captain Shearer, it emerged on Sunday, was relieved of his post in a phone call following his criticism last week of manager Kevin Keegan's exit and the structure of the club, which permitted Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez to handle transfers.

Billionaire Ashley, who is selling up after shelling out £250million which failed to clear the debt at St James' Park, issued a 1,600-word statement explaining why he is getting out after just 16 months.

'I am not stupid and have listened to the fans. I have really loved taking my kids to the games, being next to them and all the fans,' he said. 'But I am now a dad who can't take his kids to a football game on a Saturday because I am advised that we would be assaulted.

'Therefore, I am no longer prepared to subsidise Newcastle United. I am putting the club up for sale.'

Shearer, who was at St James' Park on Saturday to see Newcastle humbled 2-1 by Premier League newcomers Hull in front of furious supporters, told the BBC that he would not be interested in returning to the club as manager under its present regime.

The club's record goalscorer with 192 goals in 363 appearances, who was appointed as an ambassador after his retirement two years ago, had described the structure at the club as 'strange'.

But he was informed by phone that he is no longer to use the title of club ambassador, while former team-mate John Beresford, a regular match-day host, has also been relieved of those duties.

Shearer said: 'I'd like to be a manager at some point in my career but I want to manage - and control who comes in and out of the club. If you've got three, four or five players waiting for you and you don't know who they are, then you have got the right to ask yourself, "Can I manage this football club?"'

The decision to relieve Shearer of his title is certain to enrage Newcastle fans even further and inflame feelings against Ashley, who confirmed his plans to sell the club last night.

Former chairman Freddy Shepherd, subjected to protests himself throughout his turbulent reign, weighed in last night by advising Ashley to 'stop being a cry-baby and reinstate Kevin Keegan as Newcastle manager before you sell the club'.

Shepherd added: 'What he paid for the club would not have bought half the stadium. He got a great deal and should stop whingeing.

'There are people who buy the club, no doubt about that. I just hope someone comes along to stabilise the club.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1055797/Alan-Shearer-kicked-Mike-Ashley-reveals-Newcastles-cash-crisis.html

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Paper Talk / Mon 15th Sept - I'll never work under a Director of Football
« on: September 15, 2008, 01:14:07 pm »
Well are you listening Mike Ashley. One of the most talented and respected managers in the Premier League has stated that he turned down the opportunity to manage Tottenham because he would never work under a Director of Football.

As O'Neil indicates, the Director of Football often has lots of power without any responsibility, which is clearly not right.

Funnily enough, I think that is also exactly what you would hear from Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho. And what do they all have in common, well they are the best managers in our Premier League.

So Mike Ashley, Keegan has a point backed up by the leaders of his profession. So sort this bl**dy mess out before we get relegated.

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Villa boss O'Neill: I turned down offer to  manage Spurs because I'd never stand a director of football

By Sportsmail Reporter
Last updated at 11:59 AM on 15th September 2008

Villa boss Martin O’Neill insists he would never work under a director of football - and that's why he turned down an offer to take over as manager of Spurs while he was at Celtic.

Aston Villa play the first of four matches in nine days away to Tottenham this evening, but O’Neill is determined to retain the workload of being in sole control of the club's affairs.

When he manager of Celtic he was approached about the job at White Hart, but with David Pleat operating above the manager as director of football, the plan came to nothing, according to The Times.

'If the manager sees fit to bring in a director of football, that is his prerogative, but it shouldn’t be the other way around,' O’Neill said. 'Some directors of football have power without responsibility.'
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1055861/Villa-boss-ONeill-I-turned-offer-manage-Spurs-Id-stand-director-football.html   

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That bastion of integrity the News of the World are reporting this morning that Given has told "friends" thet he wants to join Arsenal to win trophies and that Keegan is happy to have a goalkeeping duo of Harper and Fraser Forster for next season.

Well laugh out loud at this one, where would you start:
- Arsenal haven't won a trophy in years and are currently accelerating backwards not forwards
- Given has publicly stated he loves playing for newcastle and these rumours about him joining Arsenal are unfounded
- Keegan has publicly stated Given is going nowhere
- Tim Krul has publicly stated he loves it at Newcastle and the rumours of him leaving are rubbish
- who are these friends of Shay Given that he confides in and they then leak his inner thoughts to the News of the World reporters  ???  ???  ???

I guess they have manufactured this story from Given's quick quote around the fact that Newcastle need to sign more players.

Poor research from the NotW here or is that Newcastle's manager and players are a bunch of liars.

I know which I would believe.

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Star Shay must leave Toon to finally win trophies
GIVEN AWAY
By AIDAN McGEE

SHAY GIVEN’S Newcastle future is still in doubt — despite Kevin Keegan insisting his first-choice keeper is not for sale.

The Republic of Ireland No 1 has been linked with a move to Arsenal and has told friends is keen on a switch to the Emirates.

Given, 32, has three years left on his current £55,000-a-week deal and is among the highest earners at Newcastle behind Michael Owen and Mark Viduka.

Toon chairman Mike Ashley is keen on reducing the club’s costs and may allow Given to fulfil his dream of playing in the Champions League with the Gunners.

Given has publicly stated he wants to stay with the Magpies but has revealed his frustration at their lack of activity in the transfer market this summer.

He said: “If you looked at our bench in the friendly at Hartlepool, there were a lot of young lads on there.

“We need to get a few more players in before the window closes and the chairman and the manager are working hard on that.”

Trophies
The former Blackburn keeper has property interests in London and is still desperate to win trophies before his career winds down.

The First Division title medal he won while on loan to Sunderland 12 years ago remains the only honour of his career to date.

Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Given in spite of his recent injury record and the fact that any move for him would involve a fee.

Keegan believes he can cover the loss by retaining Steve Harper as his No 1 and promoting Fraser Forster, 20, as his deputy.

 
http://blogs.notw.co.uk/sport/2008/07/given-away.html

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Well looking at our main feature on the relegation fight:
http://www.trophy4toon.co.uk/latestnews/15feb08.html

it's more scary than I thought.

We basically need 4 wins to get us to 40 points and hope we can pick up some more along the way for additional safety.

We have to beat Fulham and Reading at home. We need to beat Sunderland at home. So Birmingham away becomes a critical match as we need to win that. If not we need to get something out of West Ham away.

All our other matches are against teams pushing for Champions league and Uefa cup Man United, Blackburn, Liverpool, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Chelsea, Everton. We'll lose all of those games on current form.

It's not looking good.

Time to go to the pub and drown our sorrows ........... :'(  :'(  :'(
 

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Newcastle United latest news up to July 2012 / Michael Owen for England ?
« on: October 05, 2007, 03:01:45 pm »
More gasps from us Toon fans as Owen again rushes back for an England deadline.
According to Martin Samuel we are failing to see the bigger picture. Newcastle losing 3 points to Derby is irrelevant whereas England failing to qualify for Euro's is serious. Hence we should view Owen as an England player as main priority.
 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/columnists/martin_samuel/article2563159.ece

I think Owen is just desparate to play for anyone at the moment but I wouldn't have thought Allardyce would let him play for England if he was not fully fit unless he's trying to keep in with the FA (conspiracy theories abound !!).

Interesting that although Owen has a good goals per game ratio he has never scored 20 goals in a season because of all the games he has missed through injury.
 :(  :(  :(   

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Premier League club finances / West Ham
« on: August 03, 2007, 11:49:53 pm »
I just want to say that any team that goes to great expense to re-unite Craig Bellamy, Kieran Dyer and Lee Bowyer must be off their trolly.
And they've signed Freddie Ljungberg who was finished years ago.
And they cheated Sheffield United in therelegation battle over Tevez.
Whilst I like Alan Curbishley, I just hope they get relegated this season and see how these highly paid stars enjoy The Championship.
Good riddance to the lot of them as far as Newcastle are concerned.

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Looks like Martins wants to go to Arsenal whilst Owen has at last declared he wants to stay 'for start of season'. Rumours still strong around Gudjohnsen from Barcelona and Benni McCarthy from Blackburn. Personally I think we should dump Martins who's beginning to look more of a liability each week.
McCarthy would be a brilliant replacement for Martins and cheaper too.   

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