McClarens Newcastle

McClaren’s Newcastle defy the odds by beating Klopp’s Liverpool

 December 8, 2015   John Welsh

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On two occasions when head coach of Wolfsburg, Steve McClaren faced a progressive Borussia Dortmund team managed by Jurgen Klopp, with 2-0 and 3-0 losses ensuing. The latter defeat in January 2011 was soon followed by another reversal at Hannover with McClaren subsequently dismissed from his role, while Klopp’s team clinched the Bundesliga title that […]

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Hatem Ben Arfa became akin to an outcast

Goals are flowing at Nice with help from a rejuvenated Hatem Ben Arfa

 October 21, 2015   John Welsh

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During the 2014-15 football campaign in Western Europe, Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa became akin to an outcast as English team Newcastle considered him surplus to requirements with Hull city deciding to sign him on a loan deal, only to realise that he was not performing as expected. The ex-Marseille forward was then offered to OGC […]

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Gutierrez seals Premier League status for Newcastle to end months of personal torment

 May 26, 2015   John Welsh

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Amid the frayed nerves among spectators and players alike as games were contested to decide which teams were to be relegated from both the Bundesliga and the Premier League, there were the usual scenes of ecstasy and despair as the matches unfolded. Freiburg and Paderborn failed to secure their top flight status in Germany with […]

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Glasgow Rangers

Five Newcastle players move to Glasgow Rangers on a bizarre transfer deadline day

 February 5, 2015   John Welsh

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In addition to Manchester City signing Wilfried Bony for £28, the transactions involving Juan Cuadrado moving to Chelsea and Andre Schurrle joining Wolfsburg may have been the other most expensive acquisitions during the FIFA January transfer window, but it would appear that loan deals were by far the most popular choice for clubs. For teams […]

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Premier League

Two 4-0 results herald contrasting fortunes for two Uniteds in the Premier League

 September 15, 2014   John Welsh

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The ultimate fate of any football manager is normally dependent on results achieved over an indefinite period of time, but for two such Premier League incumbents, 4-0 scorelines during the weekend have resulted in totally contrasting headlines and a wide gulf in job security. Since Manchester United beat QPR by a four goal margin on […]

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Meyler actions should not be ignored in Pardew ‘head-butt’ controversy

 March 2, 2014   John Welsh

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There have been many occasions throughout the course of football history when altercations between opposing players have been rather fractious at times with claims of head-butts and subsequent over-reactions ensuing. Rarely if ever has there been a case where a footballer and a manager have exchanged such undignified actions during a top flight competitive game, […]

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Yohan Cabaye

Cabaye departure will be unwelcome news for Newcastle fans ahead of Tyne and Wear derby

 January 27, 2014   John Welsh

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News that Yohan Cabaye is likely to be playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the weekend is not particularly welcoming news for fans of Newcastle United especially with the impending Tyne and Wear derby against Sunderland looming on Saturday. It had been expected that Cabaye would be the subject of a lucrative move during the […]

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Match moment Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

Newcastle controversy highlights current weakness of offside rule

 January 13, 2014   John Welsh

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Once again the laws concerning the offside rule have been discussed at great length following the decision my referee Mike Jones to disallow a seemingly legitimate goal by Cheick Tiote for Newcastle against Manchester City at the weekend. City won the match 2-0 but Jones caused uproar among the home support with his controversial ruling […]

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Newcastle United v Liverpool - Premier League

Defiant Newcastle erase the painful memory of last season

 October 21, 2013   John Welsh

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On April 27th 2013 Newcastle produced one of their most inept Premier League displays against a Liverpool team which was allowed the freedom of St James’ Park to comfortably win the match 6-0. It was a one-sided affair and double figures would have been possible had the Reds not eased the pressure later in the […]

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