Allardyce got off to the perfect start in what turned out to be a brief spell as manager of Newcastle. Soon after Glenn Roeder's departure towards the end of the 2006/07 season, Allardyce left Bolton after serving there for eight years. He helped the Trotters gain promotion to the Premier League and kept them there. Coincidentally, Allardyce's first game for Newcastle was a return to Bolton for the opening day fixture. He got off to a flying start thanks to goals from Charles
I never thought I would ever be a one to give this lad lots of praise but here we go; Javier Manquillo deserves lots of credit for his performances this year.
I do not recall him making a mistake since our home loss to West Ham last season (correct me if I'm wrong). He has been very solid at the back for Newcastle. It seems the arrival of Krafth has had the same impact on Manquillo as it has had with Yedlin. It has given them a kick up the backside!
I think he has really
What a difference a week makes. This time last week we were celebrating a win over Crystal Palace and Miguel Almiron's first goal in the black and white. Since then, back to back defeats still see us comfortable in mid table, but is there now rumblings of concern around Tyneside? Few would have expected getting anything at Old Trafford, given our record both there and on boxing day, but it was the manner of the defeat which was all the more frustrating. The compact, well dril
I have seen quite a few posts on various pages, twitter comments, YouTube etc. Calling this lad 'overrated' or 'not up to standard' is very fickle in my view.
The lad is still in his breakthrough year at the club. People have not realised this when they have criticised him. Throughout that year he had a major injury too.
Don't get me wrong, I am not going to deny he has had one or two shocking performances this season. Yesterday and Burnley being standout games in that re
“I have nothing to prove to Bournemouth. I think they are a very good team and they have a great manager, they are very good on the ball, so it will be a very difficult game. But we will work hard to try and win the game for the fans because they deserve it. "I was unlucky there, I had a lot of injuries when I was in Bournemouth and the team was also doing well so it was difficult for the coach to change the squad. The blame is not on anybody. This is football so I’m just wor
"That (beating Crystal Palace) was a big result for Newcastle, Merino – I like him as a footballer. It looked like Rafa was talking his way out of a job at the start of the season but now he (Mike Ashley) wants to sell the club. If Newcastle can get the right owners in and spend some money up there, then who knows… Newcastle might be on up because Rafa knows what he is doing, he knows how to win games. If they got the right players in…it is a special place to play football. I
"I’m expecting to witness a terrific tactical battle when I settle down to watch Newcastle play at Burnley on Monday night. Because in lots of ways they are a spitting image of one another. If I said the team is disciplined, hard working, physically strong, with a great spirit I could be describing Burnley as well as United. Neither side has an overload of flair, we aren’t going to witness The Entertainers, but it will be fascinating for the football connoisseur. United will
“Jonjo Shelvey. I was tasked with literally following him around the pitch wherever he went. It didn’t matter where the ball was, I was following him around, which he got very frustrated at. “I quite enjoyed it, but with the ability he has, he got a free-kick in the 44th minute or something, he played an 80-yard pass and they scored from it. That was the only time that I gave him 10 yards because it was a free-kick so I couldn’t really do anything about it. My task was just t