SIEM DE Jong has overcome a foot injury in New Zealand and Alan Pardew wants to start him in the clash with Wellington Phoenix.

The Dutch international picked up the knock in the 4-0 win in Dunedin on Tuesday night and he missed training sessions in Wellington.

Pardew said: "Siem will not train today but we think he will be OK for the game."

ALAN PARDEW has called for calmness ahead of Newcastle United's clash with Wellington Phoenix.

The Phoenix faced up to West Ham on Wednesday night and Louis Fenton's tackle on Cheikhou Kouyate has resulted in big headlines in New Zealand.

Indeed, punters are talking about the tackle that left the West Ham man on crutches.

Newcastle United will show they mean business if they complete the deal for Remy Cabella.

And in signing the French international playmaker they can help change the mood of supporters who have grown used to treading carefully when it comes to talk of recruitment.

Should thing go to plan in the coming days Cabella's addition would go with Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong.

Throw in a new right-back and a couple of strikers and there could be a different take on the season ahead.

Luuk de Jong didn't enjoy the best of stints at Newcastle United - even he admitted that.

In 12 games sadly, De Jong junior didn't look like scoring for the Magpies, but that's just what happens with strikers.

They all go through a barren spell from time to time, only for De Jong it came during the a time when he needed to shine.

NEWCASTLE UNITED have completed the signing of Siem de Jong.

Chroniclelive were first to bring you news of the arrival of the Ajax star and he has revealed his delight at signing for the Magpies.

After putting the finishing touches to the deal, De Jong - brother of loan signing Luuk - said: "It is great to have signed for Newcastle.

"It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here.

"I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country.

"Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.

"I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new teammates and hopefully we can have a successful season."

Seeing Cheick Tiote bow out of the World Cup in such agonising fashion wasn't fun to watch for Newcastle United fans.

Tiote has built up a great rapport with Newcastle fans and many of them had adopted Les Éléphants as their team during the finals in Brazil.

The aim of the Ivory Coast was clearly to get to at least the last 16 after going out of the last two World Cups at the group stage.

But a last gasp penalty dumped them out of the competition and put Tiote on the plane home.

World Cup fever has kicked in and as the build-up for the tournament continues for armchair fans I spent last night watching the various preview shows across the channels.

In years gone we've had Geordie heroes like the Charlton brothers, Gazza, Beardsley and Shearer to roar on at the finals - not to mention former England boss Bobby Robson.

Like many my own most memorable moments from World Cups are Italia 90 when Gazza showed the world exactly what he could do and changed his life as part of the process.

The talk in the French media today is that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is ready to return to Ligue 1 after what has been a relatively unhappy stay so far on Tyneside in the last 18 months.

There's no doubt that Yanga-Mbiwa has talent and at 25 he still has his best years ahead of him.

But for whatever reason, Alan Pardew has been unable to get the best out of the France international.


The idea of a B League in English football probably sounded decent in an air conditioned room over a latte and a croissant during the FA's commission on how to improve English football.

But how will it work in theory?

The idea appears to be to shovel a Premier League B League inbetween League Two and the Conference somewhere.


Another season comes to an end on Tyneside and yet again it's been a campaign of ups and downs at St James' Park.

Like most awards these are about opinion so feel to agree or disagree via Twitter or the box provided below.

There are three main categories in player of the season, most improved player and young player of the year.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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