Mike Ashley unwilling to sell Newcastle at ANY price

Mike Ashley takes in a Newcastle United Premier League encounter

Ashley – Has no desire to sell after claims of the club being up for sale in a recent publication in the Telegraph

Newcastle United have today released a statement on behalf of Mike Ashley dismissing a recent claim by the Telegraph that the English billionaire is looking to sell the club. In a relatively brief statement released on the club’s official website, the publication informed the public of a banning order imposed upon the Telegraph newspaper, and indeed the author behind the articles, Luke Edwards. Mr. Ashley quite clearly did not take well to the recent releases in the age-old newspaper and has decided that Edwards and all staff at the Telegraph are no longer allowed in the grounds of St. James’ Park. As many Newcastle United fans will know, the club’s hierarchy and decision maker (Ashley) has no hesitation in banning media organizations as the Chronicle found out a while back.

However, whatever about the banning order, there is more pressing concerns with the actual content of the statement, and … Continue Reading …

Alan Pardew: At a point of no return with Newcastle supporters?

Alan Pardew looks on during Newcastle's Premier League encounter

Pardew – A very unpopular man amongst majority of Newcastle United fans the past 12 months

There are very few professions in the world that people often pray/beg/call for the sacking of an individual from his day job. Politics and football are an exception, and these are two things Mr. Alan Pardew is well used to both at Newcastle United since taking control in 2010. One could be forgiven for looking in from the outside and coming to the conclusion that Newcastle fans can never be pleased; after all Pardew was the same guy who led the Magpies to brink of Champions League football in 2011/12 only to miss out in the final two games. It could also be argued that Pardew is working in a difficult workplace under a stringent ownership led by the one and only decision maker: Mike Ashley. However, while all that is true — Pardew has done nothing but anger, disappoint and ultimately dishearten even the most optimistic of NUFC fans in the past 18 months or so.

The ill-feeling directed towards the former Crystal Palace midfielder was reflected a poll taken by The Chronicle a few days ago which indicated that a strong 85% of the 5,000+ Toon fans wanted Pardew gone. You may even wonder the point of me putting a question mark in the title of this post when reading the previous line, but quite obviously – I cannot speak for every supporter, and there … Continue Reading …

Newcastle hoping to lure Belgian defender before close of window

Toby Alderweireld in action for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup

Alderweireld – Looking to leave Atletico Madrid after falling out of favour

According to the well-respected Graeme Bailey formerly of Sky Sports, Newcastle are hoping to conclude a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld before the transfer window closes on Monday. The Magpies slipped to a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday in the dying embers, after it looked like youngster Rolando Aarons had secured the club’s first three points of the new Premier League campaign. Despite Mike Williamson scoring his first ever goal in Black and White, it is quite clear that a new centre-back is needed on Tyneside to complement Fabricio Coloccini and eventually, replace him entirely. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s future at the club is still up the air after numerous attempts to offload him, and recent reports in France claim he is close to agreeing a loan move back to Ligue 1, which would probably explain why Alan Pardew and Lee Charnley are working on a deal for Alderweireld.

As many of you will know, Newcastle’s interest in the Belgian dates back to 2010 when he was plying his trade with Ajax. Despite the definite interest, Toby made the move to Spain, signing a four-year deal with reigning La Liga champions. However, such a move has not worked out for the slick-haired defender … Continue Reading …

What happens to Hatem Ben Arfa after transfer window?

Hatem Ben Arfa tussles for posession with Luke Shaw of Southampton

Benny – How he and the man beside him have enjoyed different summers

Hatem Ben Arfa – where to start? The Frenchman is without doubt one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen in Black and White. The sense of excitement when he received the ball on either flank and looked to drive at defenders. His ability to spot a pass, or indeed use his yard of pace to burst clear of a couple of challenges and leave his markers for dead. Those were the good days under Hatem Ben Arfa. 2014 hasn’t been as enjoyable as the 27 year-old is currently frozen out of the first team with the Newcastle hierarchy looking to offload him at the nearest opportunity. Offers for his services have arrived from Russia and beyond, but Ben Arfa has turned down all approaches citing a desire to stay on Tyneside and hopefully regain a starting role if manager Alan Pardew is finally shown the door.

Mr. Pardew being sacked is an entirely different matter though, and probably wishful thinking on Ben Arfa’s part. Whatever way you look at, it paints a sad picture for an undoubtedly talented footballer that could have reached the very top-level of his profession with the right attitude.

Few Newcastle fans will forget some of his goals in a Newcastle jersey. Superb solo efforts against Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers … Continue Reading …