July 2009 Archives

And so the tearful images of Sir Bobby taking his hat off to the thousands of football fans and players alike will be the last we'll ever see of one of the greatest ever icons of the game he made so beautiful.

A man who saved Newcastle United from plunging into the abyss, a man who transformed Ipswich Town from a small team to European kings, a man who rubber stamped his own Geordie charm on continental giants like Barcelona, Porto and PSV - and most notably a man who reunited the nation during Italia 90 with England.

Already tributes have been flooding in for Sir Bobby and it was hard not prevent tears rolling down the face on Sunday night as he was wheeled into St James's Park for one final time.

No takers Mike?

By Lee Ryder on Jul 30, 09 07:35 PM

The painstakingly slow sale of Newcastle United goes on at St James's Park with the new season now just over a week away.

Wild talk that from the Middle East that a new investor with big ideas is set to come in has done nothing but add more confusion to an already gloomy scenario for Toon fans.

Derek Llambias may well have piped up to a national newspaper today but only managed to wheel out a familiar line when he said: "I can say we are very close to completing a deal and it could happen next week."

Groundhog Day more like!

You have to hope he's right but the hack who penned the story wouldn't be the first to be sucked in by this sort of line.

How many times has he said it?

For a couple of hours only some distant familiarity returned to St James's Park as Sir Bobby Robson enjoyed the recognition he well and truly deserved from some of the game's biggest names.

Amidst a backdrop of anger, anarchy and downright uncertainty, the roost that Sir Bobby ruled at the start of this decade was reclaimed as the Tyneside public showed their appreciation for the Geordie legend.

The crowd didn't need to be prompted when Sir Bobby was wheeled into St James's as he showed a determination not to miss his big night, the applause for the managerial great went on for long over 10 minutes in an incredible show of emotion.

It was a roost reclaimed in the absence of the AWOL owner of Newcastle in Mike Ashley and the non-appearance of managing director Derek Llambias.

ALAN Shearer tonight finally broke his silence on the Newcastle United crisis by claiming: "I'd take the job now."

Big Al has not spoken on the record since the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa which sent the Magpies crashing into the Championship.

And on the back of the shameful 6-1 defeat at Leyton Orient in East London yesterday fans chanted the name of Shearer at Sir Bobby Robson's big match between West Germany and England at St James's Park.

Shearer said: "I want it sorted out as quickly as anyone else does.

"I'm a fan, just like anyone else.

"I don't like to see the situation the club is in.

A crowd of over 1,000 fans turned up to take in Newcastle United's second string take on FA Vase winners Whitley Bay tonight and took in an entertaining clash at Hillheads.

And while United may not be in the market these days for global stars, their very own Kaka lookalike helped see off a well organsied Bay unit.

United took the lead on 28 minutes when Samuel Ameobi made a fine run down the left channel and rolled it across to Brad "Kaka" Inman before the Aussie youngster calmly placed it past Terry Burke in the Whitley goal.

Blog on the Tyne will be bringing you match updates via Twitter from Hillheads Park tonight as Newcastle United take on FA Vase winners Whitley Bay.

Simply click here to follow the updates.

When oil rich Arabs start heading to Notts County instead of Newcastle to do business in English football you just know that St James's Park is beginning to look like a "no go" area for any potential investors.

Perhaps you can't blame Abdullah Bin Saeed Al Thani for choosing the other Magpies.

After all with no emotional connection to Newcastle from a business point of view there is less debt, less turmoil, a knockdown price and potentially Notts could well be playing in the same division as United next year - if the threat of a mass exodus of players becomes a reality that is.

Papering over the cracks?

By Lee Ryder on Jul 18, 09 07:11 PM

Call me a killjoy but Newcastle United's 7-2 mauling of Darlington is hardly the cause for optimism with the Magpies still on course for crisis - unless drastic action is taken soon.

It might sound like doom and gloom - but if there is anybody that can see Chris Hughton holding the fort all season and Newcastle making an instant return to the Premier League with a group of disillusioned players then I will take my hat off to them.

Shola Ameobi was fantastic with two goals, bad boy Joey Barton sprayed the play, Kevin Nolan looked good and Damien Duff looked like a world beater - ahem, against Darlo and a team of triallists and kids earning peanuts...

Toon name team for Darlo friendly

By Lee Ryder on Jul 18, 09 11:57 AM

Newcastle United caretaker boss Chris Hughton once again named Joey Barton in the starting line-up for today's friendly with Darlington.

Barton was joined by Alan Smith in the engine room as Kazenga LuaLua was paired with Shola Ameobi in attack.

Meanwhile Andy Carroll was named as sub.

UNITED: Krul, R Taylor, Beye, S Taylor, Kadar, Smith, Nolan, Barton, Duff, LuaLua, Ameobi.

Subs: Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie, Jonas, Xisco, Butt, Forster, Carroll, Donaldson.

CHRONICLE chief sports writer Lee Ryder will be bringing you live text commentary as Newcastle United take on Darlington in the club's second pre-season friendly.

With the Toon players getting off to a good start last weekend in the 3-0 defeat of Shamrock Rovers, all eyes with be on the team Chris Hughton puts out to face the League Two side.

Scores of fans are expected to make the journey down the A1 to take in the friendly fixture against Colin Todd's outfit, which kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Former Middlesbrough boss Todd has already warned his patched up team they face a "big step up" when they take on the Toon at the Northern Echo Arena, and it'll be up to the United players to put on another good performance.

Lee will be bringing you all the action and colour from the ground, plus there's an opportunity for fans to chat about the on-going mess at St James's Park and share some banter.

Just come back here from 12.15pm or click below to set a reminder.

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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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