If Loic Remy's interview with France Football has told us anything, it has underlined he is ambitious.

And if Newcastle United want to keep stars like the 27-year-old striker then they too are going to have demonstrate ambition.

Remy has spoken of "one day" wanting to play for one of Europe's top five clubs and there's nothing wrong with that.

His statement is nothing more than a show of intent from a player that wants to ply his trade at the very top level.

It's great to see Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong rise to first team contention at St James' Park.

However, many will now wonder exactly when he gets his chance in a black and white shirt.

After no goals in 360 minutes (or no goals since Cabaye if you prefer) the Magpies are desperately lacking some attacking impetus.

At just 17, Armstrong is raw - but the question has to be at the moment, can he do any worse than some of Newcastle's more senior players have in recent games?


Willie Donachie's resignation as reserve team plunges Newcastle United into further disarray tonight.

The Scot was known for his passion but appears to have overstepped the mark on this occasion.

And after a post-game clash with Remie Streete it's goodbye to the ex-Man City and Oldham coach after four years at the club.

Joe Kinnear out for a duck...

By Lee Ryder on Feb 3, 14 11:11 PM

Joe Kinnear has sensationally resigned as director of football at Newcastle United.

The Magpies football transfer chief quits after just eight months in charge.

And he goes out without a permanent transfer signing on the board.

It was interesting to note this week that Newcastle United's director of football Joe Kinnear stated that he expects nobody to leave St James' Park in the current window.

The former Wimbledon boss has been quiet since taking over the post of United's football chief this summer.

Very quiet by his own explosive standards.


It would be easy to get misty eyed about the departure of Jonas Gutierrez to Norwich City.

But while some of his performances in a Toon shirt split the opinions of supporters, nobody can deny he played his part during a crucial time at St James' Park.

Jonas was a player who gave his all for Newcastle in his five years at the club after joining from Real Mallorca.

Yet while there were a host of tributes this week from fans there were also supporters who said they'd drive him down to Norwich themselves when hearing of news of his departure.


New year, new targets?

By Lee Ryder on Jan 1, 14 05:21 AM

Newcastle United have put themselves in a perfect position to kick on and make it a happy new year.

Sitting comfortably in eighth position they can maintain their challenge for a European place in the second half of the campaign, and let's be honest not many of us thought we'd be saying that a few games into the season.

In bagging 33 points at the half-way stage United have also allowed themselves to take the FA Cup a little bit more seriously - or at least that is the hope.

Mike Williamson - the song!

By Lee Ryder on Dec 23, 13 11:29 AM

You haven't seen the movie (yet), and there is no book - but thanks to the Toon Army, Mike Williamson finally has his own song.

Williamson has endured his fair share of critics down the years but he has always given Newcastle United an old school type of defender's game that you sometimes need in the top flight.

He doesn't over complicate things and knows how to use Row Z when it's needed.

But that's disrespectful to brand him as just a defensive clogger who once played in the lower leagues.


Mathieu Debuchy was first class at Manchester United.

He put his body on the line for the team, motored up and down the right hand side, enjoyed 71 touches of the ball, almost scored a first half goal and never gave Man United moment of peace.

Even his own team-mates were chanting his name on the bus after the game!

When the possibility of United originally signing Debuchy from Lille began to grow in the summer of 2012 his performances at the Euros started to get fans excited.

He joined from Lille last January and after initial impact he seemed to struggle in the side, prompting criticism from some sections along the way.

I don't think any Newcastle United fan would put their house on Yohan Cabaye definitely staying at the club ahead of the next two transfer windows - regardless of your perception of his words to the French media in the last 24 hours.

He didn't make it clear he wanted to leave, but he also didn't make it crystal clear he sees his long-term future on Tyneside.

Obviously, the fact Cabaye refused to play in the first two games of the season suggests that he was more than prepared to quit the Magpies back in August.



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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