October 2009 Archives

The above title of this blog entry are the words that are enough to send shivers down the spine with the latest outrage of Tyneside the bright idea to rename St James's Park - to even imagine a future Toon player uttering such words will make many physically sick.

You can see it in years to come perhaps a more experienced Haris Vuckic saying: "We need to make Coors Light Park a fortress."

It's been clear for months that Newcastle were struggling to find a buyer for the club and on the day that Chris Hughton was appointed as boss, it might have been an idea for the current board to let people get their heads around how things will pan out between now and the end of the season.

Renaming St James's Park is simply bad taste in the eyes of most Geordie fans - and many will feel that even the injection of silly money to do it will do nothing to make up for another piece of heritage being ripped away from the Tyneside streets.

On the back of Newcastle Broon being brewed in Tadcaster, this is another slap in the face for Toon fans.

NEWCASTLE UNITED were tonight removed off the market as Mike Ashley handed Chris Hughton the manager's post on a permanent basis.

The Chronicle revealed earlier this month that Ashley intended to hand Hughton full control of the team after making a great start to the season which currently sees the Magpies top the table.

Ashley spent the day on Tyneside after arriving by helicopter at lunchtime before watching a behind closed doors friendly at the club's Benton base, which United lost 3-2 against Celtic.

Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger may not know it but their progress this season could well be vital to the future of Newcastle United.

With the days of big money buys gone but not forgotten for now, Ranger - a freebie signed last summer after being booted out of Southampton - and Carroll an Academy product who once ended up playing left-back for the youth team seemed to be the people's choice when things started to go pear shaped against Doncaster.

Each time that Ranger warmed up he was roared on and his arrival on to the field was met by rip roaring approval by the 40,000 home fans.

Cast your mind back to the night we beat Juventus 1-0 to keep our Champions League hopes alive back in 2002.

Had somebody then told you that in seven years time we could end the same week with defeats to Scunthorpe and Doncaster within days of each other you probably would have laughed in their face - or accused them of having one too many!

But after a disastrous week so far we are in danger of stooping to a new low and possibly one of the biggest low points in United's history.

Losing to little Scunthorpe United may well feel like Newcastle United have hit rock bottom but unless there is a dramatic response to this unacceptable defeat for the Magpies there is every chance there is more pain to come for the long suffering Toon fans.

Furious United fans stormed out of Glanford Park last night with every reason to be annoyed.

It isn't just the humiliation of losing to Scunny and the magnitude of such a result, it's the way it all unfolded.

AS usual I've taken the long trip down to Glanford Park to bring you all the action from United's match against Scunthorpe.

After the disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest, the Toon face another testing clash away in Lincolnshire looking to keep up the pressure at the business end of the Championship table.

The Baggies leapfrogged the Magpies at the weekend on goal difference and the Toon players know getting back to winning ways is vital if they're to have any chance of getting promotion at the first time of asking.

And with the news this week that Chris Hughton has been offered the manager's job on a permanent basis, there's going to be plenty to talk about.

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There can't be too many manager who would be handed the manager's job at Newcastle United on the back of a beating by little Scunthorpe United - but that could well be the case for Chris Hughton after tonight's tricky clash with the Iron.

Since the last days of summer sunshine at Ipswich on a tearful day when we said goodbye for one final time to Sir Bobby Robson at Portman Road in a 4-0 win the former Barcelona boss would have loved, things haven't quite been the same for the Magpies.

There was a warning shot against Peterborough in the Carling Cup when our "shadow squad" took on the Posh and were bundled out of the competition in sobering fashion.

Ashley: I'm not an expert

By Lee Ryder on Oct 18, 09 01:02 PM

Mike Ashley's tenure in charge of Newcastle United continues to go from bad to worse.

Once again using the Sunday Times to do his talking rather than local newspapers or local radio, Ashley has hinted he is ready to stay on as owner as Newcastle and appoint Chris Hughton as boss.

But even though by his own admission he reveals he is not an expert in football he will be the man who has the final say on buying players, no doubt with help from outside influences.

Well if those influences are anything like those of Tony Jimenez or Dennis Wise, then United fans could be set for more pain.

NEWCASTLE United slipped off the top of the Championship as Dexter Blackstock's first-half goal secured victory for Forest.

Blackstock struck just before the interval to knock the Magpies off their perch - they are level on points with West Brom but trail the Baggies on goals scored.

The hosts had Blackstock's goal to show for a dominant first-half display and then held off a spirited fightback after the break to register their fourth successive win.

Newcastle had a Kevin Nolan goal disallowed but otherwise struggled to create chances and, following their fine start to the season, are now winless in three games.

In-form Forest, by contrast, came out flying from the first whistle and Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper adjusted quickly to claw away Blackstock's third-minute header before keeping out Radoslaw Majewski's curling effort.

The home side continued to dominate and came agonisingly close to taking the lead in the 13th minute when Majewski's corner was headed against the post by Blackstock.

Newcastle almost went ahead against the run of play when Ryan Taylor delivered a teasing cross and former Forest striker Marlon Harewood sidefooted his effort against the post from six yards.

Andy Carroll fired wide and Harewood headed over, but the Magpies laboured in front of goal while Forest were doing everything but score at the other end.

Paul Anderson was denied by Harper and fired another opportunity wide, with Nathan Tyson and Blackstock also missing the target.

But the goal Forest deserved came on the stroke of half-time when Majewski played a through-ball which split the Newcastle defence and Blackstock beat the offside trap to lift the ball over the advancing Harper before seeing it trickle into the net.

Peter Lovenkrands should have done better with Newcastle's first chance of the second half, blazing over the top after being teed up by Kevin Nolan.

Harewood, desperate for a goal on his return to the City Ground, then turned sharply in the area but was denied by a fine block from Kelvin Wilson.

The visitors were denied an equaliser in the 69th minute when Taylor's cross was flicked on by Alan Smith into the path of Nolan.

The former Bolton midfielder stretched out a leg to turn the ball past Lee Camp but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.

Toon boss Chris Hughton threw on substitute Nile Ranger, but the youngster missed the chance to earn his side a point when he put a simple header over the crossbar.

I was at the City Ground as Newcastle United went down 1-0, and you can replay my live blog by clicking below.

Stephane-Guivarc'h.jpgWhen Stephane Guivarc'h first signed for Newcastle United in 1998 you have to admit that part of you wanted to believe that the Toon had signed a decent striker even if it was one of dour Scot Kenny Dalglish's signings.

No wonder he's upset about the Daily Mail's unfair vote on him being the worst ever Premier League striker.

I'll be totally honest with you I did start to have major concerns about his arrival Guivarc'h while watching him during the World Cup at that time with the striker giving France plenty of practice early in the tournament for the semi-final and final when they had Blanc and Desailly sent off and had to play with 10 men.

Even through slightly impaired vision during a summer tournament of beer gardens and big screens in West Monkseaton, there was something not quite right about the performances of Guivarc'h - but as always us canny Geordies were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Click here to read Guivarc'h furious reaction.

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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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