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Shola Ameobi laments lack of ambition at NUFC in radio interview

Shola Ameobi in action against Manchester City

Ameobi – Will not be staying on at St. James’ Park after 14 years in Black and White

If it was ever in doubt, Shola Ameobi all but confirmed that he is to leave Newcastle United when his contract runs out at the end of the season in a radio interview with BBC Newcastle. The Nigerian international scored the opener in Saturday’s defeat to Swansea City in what may prove to be his final ever goal in a Black and White jersey. Ameobi has been on the books at NUFC for a staggering 14 years, and I say staggering because in that time he failed to convince many that he actually is a striker. Some awful misses, poor passes and all-round questionable application in games make up much of Shola’s career at Newcastle, but let’s be honest – he is still a figure we love on Tyneside, even if it because of his at-one-time annual scoring spree against rivals Sunderland. In today’s interview, the 32 year-old did not restrain himself from commenting on the [Read more →]

April 23, 2014   No Comments

Mike Ashley already planning summer transfers on Tyneside

Mike Ashley watches from the stands as Newcastle take on Southampton

Ashley – Is not making sounds of an owner about to sell Newcastle United FC

While every Newcastle United fan, women, child and dog hope to see the news that Mike Ashley has agreed a deal to sell the club to an ambitious owner, such a dream looks like it is a far away prospect according to recent developments at St. James’ Park. Manager Alan Pardew’s future has been called into question over recent form, and based on results from the turn of the year Pardew should be jobless, there is no debating that. However, local paper The Journal ran an interesting story today regarding the future of the ex-Palace midfielder and how Mike Ashley will hold an inquiry should the club finish outside the targeted Top 10 places. Currently the Magpies sit 9th, but Crystal Palace (!), and even Stoke City are looking to make up ground and usurp AP’s men for a top-half finish with the incentive [Read more →]

April 22, 2014   4 Comments

3 reasons why David Moyes could succeed as Newcastle United manager

David Moyes gets ready for his side's tie against Newcastle United

Moyes – Looks like he will depart Old Trafford before the end of the season

It seems almost a matter of hours before David Moyes is relieved of his duties as manager of Manchester United. The ex-Everton boss assumed control of the reigning Premier League champions following Alex Ferguson’s retirement last season, but the transition from Goodison Park to the supposed theatre of dreams has been quite a seamless as first hoped. League defeats to West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea, and indeed our very own Newcastle United have ensured that David Moyes tenure at MUFC is under major scrutiny, and it looks like the club’s owners has decided enough is enough. It is somewhat suiting, if not disappointing that Moyes’ last game as Manchester United manager [Read more →]

April 21, 2014   12 Comments

Newcastle United v Swansea City – How will the Magpies manage?

Papiss Cissé celebrates after scoring his second goal against Swansea City

Cissé – Scored one of the most memorable NUFC away goals I’ve seen (his second)

It makes for sad reading when I see a number of Newcastle United fans hoping that their team loses Saturday’s encounter with Swansea City in order to increase the pressure on manager Alan Pardew, with the hope of making his position increasingly untenable. The reality is, if Pardew can keep his job after ‘headbutting’ a Premier League footballer, then a dismal run of form while in the top half of the table is unlikely to have Mike Ashley drawing up contingency plans. It’s an incredibly frustrating time to be a Newcastle United fan, but thankfully a break from constant heartache is around the corner in the shape of the summer period. So on that note, let us have a look forward to our tie against the struggling Swans [Read more →]

April 18, 2014   No Comments