Fabricio Coloccini wants to see out career at Newcastle United

Fabricio Coloccini looks on as Tottenham take the lead at St. James' Park

Coloccini – Reportedly plans on ending his playing career at Newcastle United

There have been many questions raised about the future of current Newcastle United captain, Fabricio Coloccini as the new season approaches. The 33 year-old Argentine joined The Magpies in a £10m deal from Deportivo La Coruna and became one of Kevin Keegan’s first signings in his second stint in charge of the club. While many managers and players have come and gone since 2008, Coloccini has – surprisingly – stayed on Tyneside those seven years and became something of an adopted Geordie alongside the recently released, Jonas Gutierrez. A stunning 2011/12 season saw Coloccini named in the Premier League team of the season and rightly so – he was solid as a rock for most of the season.

Since then, however, I think it is fair to say that his commitment and performance levels have tapered off. His attempts to force a move back to Argentina with San Lorenzo made for messy viewing, and his leadership qualities have also come under scrutiny in recent seasons as he is one of the quieter players both on and off the pitch. His end of season, open letter to Newcastle fans came across as typical club PR and gained little support from beleaguered fans. Funnily enough, it is understood that Colo’s letter was genuinely his own idea, although I’m still unconvinced. Being honest, … Continue Reading …

Lee Charnley – Wrong man in the wrong position at the wrong time

Lee Charnley oversees Newcastle United's relegation scalp with West Ham

Charnley – Ready to launch a spectacular attack on the 2015 summer transfer market?

There is a reason I haven’t written very much about Newcastle United in the past 12 months. Actually, there’s a numbers of reasons. I no longer really enjoy it. I no longer enjoy trying to look at the bright side at Newcastle United as a football club because at this moment in time, it’s pointless. Newcastle United isn’t a football club anymore, indeed it hasn’t been one for a very long time. Dare I say, even the season the club managed to finish 5th in the league – I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. At the time of writing, NUFC is just over a month away from the start of the new Premier League season. In reality, we don’t deserve to be in the top flight of English football. Harsh as it may sound, we should be playing Championship football come August based on our performances throughout the 2014/15 EPL season. If it wasn’t for an even worse off Hull City, we would be. Last season was probably, rather, definitely the worst campaign I’ve ever witnessed. But hey, a new manager – a new dawn, a new era – right? … Continue Reading …

Sammy Ameobi – 11 games to save his Newcastle United career

Sammy Ameobi takes on Karl Henry of QPR

Ameobi – Will find out whether he has merited a new contract at St. James’ in May

Samuel Oluwaseyi J. “Sammy” Ameobi was the talk of Newcastle United’s youth academy a matter of years ago. He was dubbed as something special, with incredible feet, lighting pace, and creativity by the bucket loads. He was set to keep the famous Ameobi lineage going at St. James’ Park. In fact, he seemed to believe the hype himself. Then he came of age. Here we are in 2014, with Sammy battling for a new contract as his current deal expires in the summer.
At 22 years of age, Ameobi has enjoyed a run in the first team due to various injuries and the plain fact that we lack quality on the left hand side. He even scored a long-range effort against Hull City a month ago to help secure a crucial three points, but apart from that, its been a very limp couple of years for the Englishman. With just eleven games left in the Premier League season, Ameobi will have to impress the Newcastle hierarchy enough to earn a new deal. Will it happen?

I am always one for giving youth a chance, and while it may see like I have something against Sammy – it’s far from the truth. I have just grown tired of the cumbersome figure that he portrays in a Magpies’ shirt. Give him the ball and he can make things happen, he has quality, there is no doubt about that. I do however, question whether he has … Continue Reading …

Newcastle United Quiz #2: Test your Toon Trivia!

Newcastle United Quiz

Quiz – Test your knowledge of everything Newcastle United with this ten question quiz!

It’s Thursday all over again and while Newcastle United look to close in on a deal for the highly talented Dele Alli of MK Dons, Tyne Time takes a moment to offer up 10 interesting questions on Newcastle United. You may have completed plenty of NUFC quizzes throughout the week, or even today alone, but its unlikely you’ll have met the nature of the questions that Tyne Time’s Toon Trivia entails. It’s not meant to be tricky, but only a keenest of Magpie eyes over the years will likely answer all ten questions correctly. Carrying from last week’s Newcastle quiz, out of over 500 hundred takers, a mere 14% of supporters managed to achieve full marks. In otherwords, it ain’t easy, and it’s not meant to be. On the upside, you are given four potential answers for each question, so you have no excuses, even if your memory might be a little shady!

It is not designed to be lengthy so in all reality, you should have it completed within five minutes at the most. Sit back, relax, and attempt your best at the quiz below. No jumping to Google for the answers either! Whatever question you get wrong … Continue Reading …

Newcastle in pole position for Dele Alli as Villa try to hijack deal

Dele Alli in action for MK Dons

Alli – Looks set for a move to St. James’ Park after club reportedly agrees £5m deal with MK Dons

Dele Alli looks set to become a Newcastle United player before the close of the transfer window, despite late efforts from Aston Villa to hijack the deal. It has been well reported throughout the past fortnight that NUFC have been keeping tabs on the highly rated 18 year-old midfielder, and various media outlets claim that the sides agreed a deal over the past day. The fee in question is expected to be £5m, with the Milton Keynes-born prospect expected to stay at his current club until the end of the season as MK Dons attempt a promotion push. However, John Percy of the Telegraph has broken news in the past hour that Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are eager to hijack Newcastle’s deal and offer Alli a move to Villa Park. It is claimed that Villa would also be willing to let Alli remain with the Dons until the end of the current campaign, however the fee in question of £2m up-front seems considerably lower than the Magpies’ offer.

Of course you can never be sure with a player until the club has announced the signing, but it appears Newcastle United are still well ahead in the race to sign Dele, despite the late surge from the Midlands. Lambert will no doubt use Fabian Delph as a shining example in order to persuade Alli, however, it’s still unclear whether an initial bid of a … Continue Reading …