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January 30, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 01/30/2011

Sunday papers day so hundreds of mad cap stories doing the rounds!:

OUT

Did anyone mention that Tottenham were interested in Andy Carroll? *YAWN* :
http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/sport/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2011/01/30/magpies-turn-down-23m-bid-for-andy-carroll-79310-28079715/?
We turned down £23m so they have turned their attention to Llorente (rejected), Aguero (rejected), Scott Parker (rejected), DJ Campbell (rejected)


Xisco returns to Deportivo:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/30012011/58/la-liga-xisco-leaves-newcastle-deportivo.html?

It looks like the Xisco kid managed to avoid having to invest in an oxygen mask and has returned to Deportivo rather than moving to the Boro (subject to medical).


Liverpool and Man United to battle for Jose Enrique?:
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/174327/Battle-is-on-for-Newcastle-s-8m-Jose-Enrique/?

I doubt this one is a runner - you can write Liverpool off straight away as they're not famous anymore.

IN

Newcastle bail out Ireland (Confirmed subject to medical)

I am happy with this one - a better player than Danny Guthrie so strengthens the squad and the loan factor means that it is relatively risk free.


Newcastle to offer 500K for Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood (Sunday Mirror)

Never going to happen, unless Mike Ashley has a keeper fetish.


New bid made for Seb Larsson (Various)

So all in all not many fresh new links and our business is likely to be concluded soon. I was going to list a few internet rumours but there are so many and they are so wild (Lukas Podolski!) that it is pointless. I am just glad the jason Puncheon rumours were false!

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January 29, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 01/29/2011

The Saturday before deadline day usually means hundreds of stories linking various players to various clubs. Not so this Saturday when it comes to Newcastle United - only one story has dominated the day:

OUT

Andy Carroll to Tottenham (Every media outlet going)

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/872505/spurs-fail-with-L25m-bid-for-newcastle-star-andy-carroll?&cc=5739

How likely? Redknapp does love tapping up other club's players. The media seem to be willing this one through too but it will not happen at £25million.
Sure, £25million is a lot of money for a young man in his first full year as a Premier League player - but we have all seen what he can do. He has a goal every other game, numerous assists, wins everything in his own area and theirs from set pieces and is a full England International. Even if he goes through a lean spell in terms of goals he will be a handful and a nightmare to play against for opposition players.
I have read one or two comments along the lines of "what if opposing defenders sus him out by next season?" Yeah, good luck with that one - sus out a 6 foot 4 battering ram and lets see where it gets you.
Carroll is our talisman. They say every player has a price and I fear that will probably be true of any player playing for Mike Ashley - but to those (few) of you who would cash in at £25m, we will not see a penny of it so why would you want that?
At least we have not just surrendered and sold within 24 hours like those just down the road.....

Carroll will still be a Newcastle United player when the window closes.

January 28, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 01/28/2011

Well, it's that mad time of year again. Over the next few days I will be adding players that I have seen us linked with in the press.
Feel free to add comment letting us know of the thousands I am bound to miss! The likelihood is that we wont see any new faces!

The window closes at 11PM on Monday (Unless you're Spurs of course, in which case you can just whack the registration in the next day)


OUT

Xisco to Boro on loan? (Various)

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/middlesbrough-ask-newcastle-about-xisco-loan-2197229.html

How likely? 7/10 if Newcastle contribute to his hefty salary


AC Milan declare interest in Jose Enrique (Various Italian Press)

How likely? 0/10 I hope though alleged direct quotes from Galliano

IN

Mutu mooted (Various)

How likely? 1/10 A non- starter


Woodgate to Wolves despite Newcastle interest? (The Daily Mail)

How likely? 1/10 We already have 5 centre back's

Newcastle and Spurs weigh up bid for Mauro Camoranesi (Various)

How likely? 1/10 Too odd to take seriously


The Stephen Ireland rumours continue (Various)

http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/villa-midfielder-set-for-newcastle-move?

How likely? 8/10 if a salary agreement can be reached. Too widely reported to be false.

Bilal Mohsni from the Shrimpers (Sky Sports)

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12874_6706897,00.html?

How likely? 4/10 Would fit the profile in terms of buy them young and relatively cheap, but as with Woodgate I don't see another central defender coming in

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January 24, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 01/24/2011

Maybe I should just copy and paste most of last weeks match report.

Yet again I went into the game in the mind set that I would happily have taken a draw and yet again I left feeling disappointed at a draw because of a late goal conceded.

It is such a shame that we did not learn anything from the week before.

The departure of Wayne Routledge earlier in the week added to the injuries and suspensions left us short of options which is what made the overall performance so pleasing. If Nolan had not managed to overcome his virus we would literally have struggled to name 4 in midfield. I am not Routledge's biggest fan but having him in the squad is better than having no one.
In fact he could have been a useful inclusion - early in the game Gareth Bale hobbled off with a back injury and was replaced by (booed on) Sebastian Bassong.
Bassong is not the most mobile player and playing out of position it was something we could
have exposed.

Theory was that Wayne's departure must have meant Pardew was ready to bring in a replacement with Sean Wright-Phillips mooted, but I can't see us making a move for anyone anytime soon.

On the injuries - are these a result of a different training regime or is it just because of the busy Christmas period? There haven't been too many games in the past couple of weeks which does make you wonder. Our age old bad habit of rushing players back too early is something that we need to stop - I was dismayed to hear that Dan Gosling's knee problem may have flared up and that is why he was missing.

Anyway, back to the game!

January 16, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 01/16/2011

I must admit, I was not too confident going in to this game. With Carroll and Tiote missing and the Stevenage debacle fresh in mind I would have agreed to take a draw before kick off. Funny then that come full time I was disappointed that we only left with a draw because we comprehensively outplayed them in all areas, again.

The team from the village of the damned were seeking only their 2nd home win over the boys from the big City up the road in three decades, but it soon became obvious that they would not have it all their own way as many of them (including their plastic Geordie manager) assumed they would.

Bruce spent a lot of time in the past 2 weeks talking about 'revenge' and what song he would play to wind up the Newcastle fans at full time after they'd beaten us. I have no idea what song he chose - 'Loser' by Beck would be my suggestion, or maybe 'Bigmouth Strikes Again' by The Smiths.

It took only a couple of minutes for Newcastle to forge their first chance - Joey Barton played a fantastic ball through to Shola putting him one on one with Gordon. Shola slotted it past the keeper but it also went wide of the post - a truly awful effort.

Not too long after that Harper saved well from the largely anonymous Darren Bent as the opening minutes were played at an incredible tempo.

January 9, 2011
Posted by Marc Duffy on 01/09/2011

Alan Pardew has managed Newcastle in five games now (I am excluding the Liverpool game due to the fact he had been there a day and had hardly met the players as pointed out by Joey Barton in the post game interview).

This is a brief review of each of this games and a summary as to how I think he has fared to date.

As ever, please feel free to add your thought and comments!

Newcastle United 1 v Manchester City 3 (Premier League)

Despite the scoreline this was a decent performance. The game started in the worst possible fashion with 2 goals conceded within the first 5 minutes.
The opener came from a horrendous mistake by Tim Krul - his awful pass ended up with Gareth Barry netting and three minutes later Tevez doubled the lead assisted by another terrible error - Tiote played the ball off Nolan and Tevez broke away and scored.

Most sides would have caved in at that point, but we gave it a real go and were unlucky not to pick up a point at least.
Having said that the naturally negative approach of Mancini saw City sit back for the remainder of the game inviting our pressure on.

Andy Carroll pulled one back with 12 to go and on any other day Nolan would have equalised with one of the great chances that came his way.

City ended the game with a 3rd (and a 2nd for Tevez) as we piled forward looking for a point.

Paredew review: It would be harsh to criticise Pardew for the two errors that set us back as they were down to individual players. The way the players bounced back was commendable and the team spirit that delighted the crowd under Chris Hughton was still there for all to see. 7/10

About
Marc Duffy Marc Duffy is a National Account Manager in the alcoholic drinks industry - a career in alcohol was obviously the natural step after following Newcastle United for all of his 32 years. Marc blames his father for his obsession with Newcastle United - since attending his first game at the age of 4 Marc has endured many ups and downs, and despite the lack of silverware remains positive that a trophy will be won at some point in his lifetime! (Wait, does the Intertoto cup not count?) Follow Marc on Twitter @MarcSDuffy

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