Alan shearer once decided to choose Blackburn and Newcastle over the likes of Manchester United and he still went on to establish his name as one of the finest goal scorers in the history of the Premier League.
The English man remains one of the very few professionals who had it in them to swagger up no matter what team they found themselves in. to such players talk of acclimatization often seems alien to them.
Although the Red Devils didn’t get their longed jewel, they did enjoy of fair share of a player like him in the person of Eric Catona. The French man arrived from Leeds United to oversee the earliest success of Sir Alex Fergusons fledglings.
Not even Ferguson who never appreciated the show biz side of his wards could put a lid on the French man’s extrovert tendencies. Kicking a fan that led to the lengthy ban of the player who stubbornly insisted in enjoying his time on the pitch with raised collars couldn’t step down the fondness with which the Theatre of Dreams walls still have for him till this day.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is obviously another player cut from the cloth of footballers who are bold enough to wear their ego on their sleeves. Even the earliest of his interviews as a mesmerizing Norseman-like striker has him on tape saying he doesn’t see himself as an ordinary man Continue reading ZLATAN GAVE UNITED GOALS PLUS SWAGGER
There are reports that newly promoted club Newcastle United could be sold to Chinese investors as current owner Mike Ashley listens to interests.
A Chinese consortium is already looking at acquiring the club so a possible takeover of the Magpies
is not so far away.
The deal could be structured in different ways. The management might remain if the club offers shares for sale in order to keep everything balanced. For now the club are not responding to allegations of a takeover bid. The club used to quickly knock down such rumours but it is now ‘no comment.’
The Chroniclesays the right price would be key if Ashley is to sell the club. Sky Sports says there is a Chinese consortium already available as Ashley considers his options. He bought the club back in 2007 for £134 million. He has given the club interest free loans a few times to help offset shortfalls. Continue reading CHINESE INVESTORS KEEN ON BUYING NEWCASTLE UNITED
It wasn’t just Newcastle’s drop that was surprising back in May 2016, it was rather the emotional attachment it saw with Coach Rafa Benitez who had, with just a few weeks left to the end of the season, been charged with the task of designing an escape route for The Magpies.
He failed to guide the club to safety but in the process of taking on the mission impossible, the Spaniard made them play the kind of football that would render their fall easier to take. Although losing is bad, doing it while playing poorly have proven to be more painful than doing it while playing with heads held high and dignity intact. The changes to the playing style have made tickets to Newcastle United matches amongst the most sought after. Continue reading BENITEZ RISES WITH NEWCASTLE
Premier League new boys Newcastle United who were relegated last year but won the Championship and earned promotion right back, are leading the chase for Portguese defender Ruben Semedo, according to Sky Sports.
League rivals West Ham United, West Brom and Southampton are also keen on signing the centre back but the Magpies
are offered £10 million for the U-21 star. Sporting Lisbon, the player’s employers, want around £13 million but Newcastle remain confident they can close the deal.
Portuguese news sources claim a deal has been agreed with the Premier League side but Sky Sports says the agent of the player in question CatioBalde has denied it firmly. Semedo’s release clause is £40 million but the eventual transfer fee would be far off the mark.
Semedo is believed to want the move to England. He wants the deal done and settled ahead of the UEFA European U-21 Championship which is poised for Poland in June. The 23-year old only signed a new deal with Sporting three months ago after an impressive run. The defender played 30 games in all competitions, with six being in the Champions League. Continue reading NEWCASTLE UNITED WANT SEMEDO
The latest winners of the English Championship title are set to play in the top tier again at the start of the new season in August.
Can they succeed in staying afloat this time? They showed a rare resilience in the Championship this year and it is enviable but can the team and its manager take this fire to the unpredictable Premier League?
Since 1992/93, only a handful of clubs have done what the Magpies did. When Premier League clubs go down a tier, they mostly stay afloat in their first year but they stay outside of the top seven usually. Only Burnley won automatic promotion back up in its first attempt. Continue reading CAN NEWCASTLE FARE WELL IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
The English League Championship is reaching it’s end and Newcastle United appears to be on their way of securing the 2nd spot of the English competition.
It’s rumored that the head coach Rafael Benitez is already looking beyond the current season and thinking about how he can strengthen his squad and prepare for the very possible promotion to the Premier League.
Competing in the English Premier League is certainly not something new for Newcastle United as they were competing in the top tier league during the season of 2015-16 but were relegated after having to settle with the 18th spot.
In order to strengthen his squad and avoid another relegation from the Premier League, Rafael Benitez is looking around the football market for possible signings that could arrive to Newcastle United during the approaching summer transfer window and Harry Maguire of Hull City is turning into a candidate. Continue reading Hull City’s Harry Maguire is being linked with Newcastle United
Former manager of Newcastle United Graeme Souness has declared his support for current manager Rafa Benitez and has asked for him to be backed ahead of the club’s promotion bid.
Souness advised that Championship sides focus on investments in the team after they earn promotion to the top flight.
Souness said all the stakeholders know that a major investment would be required when they regain Premier League status but added that the relationship of Benitez and Mike Ashley would be tested when it comes to time to invest in talents during the transfer window.
Souness said it would be “very difficult next season” if the club does not commit to getting new players.
“You can only speculate [how much money will be made available to spend] and the manager’s relationship with the owner will come out in the wash this summer,” the ex-United manager said Continue reading SOUNESS BACKS BENITEZ TO SUCCEED
Rafa Benitez tried to stay grounded even after Newcastle United secured a decisive advantage in the Championship following a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.
Huddersfield have been seen as one of the potential title challengers for Newcastle, despite being outside the top two. Newcastle had a great opportunity to extend the lead in the Championship to six points with a win over Huddersfield. They had watched Brighton and Hove Albion suffer a second consecutive defeat in the form of a 3-0 loss against Nottingham Forest during the weekend. Finishing top of the Championship has been a priority for Newcastle ever since they were relegated last season.
This was the second relegation for the club since the turn of the century. However, they look on course to bouncing back straight away just like last time. Even though the win over Huddersfield has provided a significant advantage, Benitez dismissed talk that the club are on the verge of securing promotion back to the top flight. Newcastle have a trip to Reading in the midweek action, and it will also be a difficult encounter for the club considering that Reading have also been involved in the promotion race. Continue reading Benitez Refuses to Entertain Talk about Newcastle Promotion
The Magpies moved one point clear of the Seagulls after Saturday’s hard-fought win over Steve McClaren’s men. Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie believes that Newcastle United have the edge over Brighton and Hove Albion in the race to be crowned Champions of the Championship.
The two sides have continually swapped places at the top of the Championship table but it is Rafa Benitez’s men who currently sit on top of the pile.
Matt Ritchie’s goal was enough to seal a vital win over Derby on Saturday as they leapfrogged Chris Hughton’s side after they could only manage a 3-3 draw in a dramatic game away at Brentford. Continue reading NEWCASTLE HAVE THE EDGE
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has revealed that the Championship side is still interested in Three Lions forward Andros Townsend.
The transfer window is set to lapse next week but the coach insists that the club wants the player at Saint James Park.
Newcastle started the race in the English Championship strongly this campaign but they have been faltering in a season they are desperate to return to Premier League after being relegated at the end of the last campaign.
The Spaniard said he is looking at improving the team. Benitez wants two new additions next week but there are a lot of hurdles for the deal to happen.
“You know that I like Andros but at the moment no news. We have to find somebody who can give us some balance. Always as a manager you always look to improve,” he said.
Newcastle were involved in the transfer market during the summer where the coach made a profit of £30 million. However, with the position they find themselves now the market has been expensive to get options as they struggle to finish the season well.
He has refused to feel bad about summer additions, saying: “Everything we did in the summer was good. We are in a good position now to go forward and find the players we need.”
The club is set to sell Cheick Tiote and the club could call back Tim Krul, who is on loan at Ajax.
“Tim is a top class keeper who needed some time because he has been injured. He has been playing for the Ajax Under 21 team, so if someone is interested in a keeper then it’s always a name that people will look at,” Benitez said of the player who would be sent on another loan deal to get experience.