Newcastle have been handed a massive boost ahead of Spurs clash

Newcastle have been handed a massive boost ahead of Spurs clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Newcastle United are yet to pick up a point in the new Premier League campaign, suffering back-to-back losses at the hands of Arsenal and Norwich City.

A visit to Tottenham Hotspur is next, and manager Steve Bruce’s job isn’t getting any easier.

The North Londoners will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run and prove they can challenge for the top-flight title when the Magpies come visiting.

Newcastle appear to have been handed a massive boost for the Spurs clash, though, as summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin could be available for the trip.

The French winger missed the game against Norwich after suffering a hamstring strain, and Bruce is reportedly very cautious over risking him for weekend’s game.

Saint-Maximin was working in the gym at Newcastle’s training base on Monday, and having him available for the game against Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be a massive boost.

The 22-year-old came off the bench against Arsenal and did show flashes of his quality during the cameo appearance.

The Magpies winger is a speed demon and trickster capable of causing Tottenham lots of problem at the back, and he could help Newcastle leave with a much-needed result.

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Newcastle United give fitness and availability update on Joelinton, Carroll, ASM and Lejeune

Newcastle United have given an update on the fitness and/or availability of a number of players.

As well as a chaotic summer and tough set of opening fixtures, NUFC have also experienced a number of injury problems.

With no points and tough games ahead, starting with Spurs on Sunday, Steve Bruce needs some key players back as quickly as possible.



Ahead of that game on Sunday, Newcastle United have confirmed that despite being forced off on Saturday at Norwich, Joelinton was ok to train on Tuesday and will be available for Tottenham. Newspaper reports had previously confirmed that scans had shown no lasting damage from the knock to his hip at Norwich.

Also encouraging on Allan Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle United reporting that whilst ASM didn’t train with the rest of the squad yesterday, they are hopeful he will be able to later this week and shake off his hamstring issue, to be available for Sunday.

For the not so immediate, the club also stated that Andy Carroll and Florian Lejeune were progressing and had now moved to train outside with fitness coaches, though so far they can’t join in training with the rest of the squad. Here’s hoping the pair could be targeting a time in September when they can become available.

Newcastle United official report:

‘Newcastle United are determined to claim their first Premier League win of the season against last season’s Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Steve Bruce’s side lost to Norwich City last weekend and that followed an opening day defeat to Arsenal. The games don’t get any easier but, ahead of a first ever visit to Spurs’ new stadium, the players looked to be in a positive frame of mind as they look to kickstart their campaign.

Joelinton – who picked up a hip injury at Carrow Road – was fit enough to train and while Allan Saint-Maximin did not take part in Tuesday morning’s session, he could still be involved against Spurs depending on his progress over the next couple of days.

In another boost for Bruce, Andy Carroll and Florian Lejeune were both training outside and although they have yet to resume full training, both are getting closer under the guidance of the club’s medical staff.’



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Newcastle United start season with 1 point from 6 games and 22 goals conceded – From top to bottom

Newcastle United was a club that needed sorting from top to bottom.

Newcastle United still is a club that needs sorting from top to bottom.

Rafa Benitez wanted a project to see him through the next and final 10 years of his managerial career.



He had a vision of remodelling NUFC and dragging it into the 21st century, getting it to a level where it could properly compete in the Premier League and potentially beyond.

Rafa wanted the realistic investment to make this happen and the freedom to operate, whether it was the Academy, Under 23s or first team.

He wanted the best facilities, such as the essential state of the art new training complex that was promised in 2013 by Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley refused and as Rafa told us, the investment in the future consisted of painting the walls at the existing not fit for purpose training facilities.

With everything that has gone on this chaotic and self-destructive summer, the future has quite literally, been forgotten about. Quite understandable with the immediate challenges that are facing the club and fans as things now stand.

However, just look at the results across the club so far, just where are Newcastle United heading…

10 August – Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 3 (Academy team)

11 August – Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (First team)

12 August – Reading 6 Newcastle 0 (Under 23s team)

17 August – Newcastle 1 West Ham 2 (Under 23s)

17 August – Man City 7 Newcastle 1 (Academy)

17 August – Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 (First team)

A combined record so far of:

Played 6 Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 5 – Goals For 6 Goals Against 22

No guarantees of course that things won’t pick up but these results just remind me of how this club is living day to day, week to week, month to month, season to season.

There is no long-term plan, there is no long-term investment, there is no long-term strategy of how this club is going to be better throughout, at some time in the future.



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Crisis what Crisis? Sorry Jinky Junior but it comes to us all in the end

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When I was a young man, there was an album by the pistols called ‘Never mind the bo..ocks’, there also was an album by Supertramp, who for those of you who don’t know, were a bunch of long haired hippies, their album was called ‘Crisis what Crisis?’

If you were cool, hard and edgy you would have bought one of those.

If you were not cool hard or edgy then you would have bought the other.



Guess which one I had in my record collection, stored alphabetically in a box next to a music system that was the size of a small child.

Anyway, the two album titles came to mind last weekend as we were being turned over in Norfolk.

Newcastle United have lost two games of football. Crisis what Crisis?

After all, in what was my favourite season ever, 1993-94, Kevin’s team lost their first two, but we finished third.

Even Bobby’s team of 2003-04 didn’t win any of the first six but we finished fifth.

So, I ask again, Crisis what Crisis?

Except this isn’t 1993 or 2003. Even those fans who have a moonie-like devotion to the club have to accept that this team are heading for the bottom five, not the top five.

Therefore if you are a Newcastle fan, is the only option you can take, to say ‘Never mind the bo..ocks’, lets support the team.

After all being a football fan has always been 90% pain and 10 % joy. And that’s if you are lucky.



If football fans only turned up when their club were successful, then seeing as Man City won all three trophies last season, we should be looking at a hell of a lot of empty stadiums.

But that’s not how it works.

You may laugh at their plight but look at Sunderland, 30,000 still going in division three. Surely that is very impressive or are they just 30,000 sheep who deserve everything they endure?

Look at Bolton, 5,000 turning up to watch a bunch of kids abducted off the street to play for their club, which is basically wrecked. Is this a wonderful display of loyalty to their football club, or are they a bunch of idiots?

What about Hartlepool? There were 3,000 turning up to watch conference football against Solihull Moors and Borehamwood. Now that is real support, or is there just nowt else to do in Hartlepool?

What I am trying to say is there is no logic in being a football fan. None whatsoever. I guess if it’s what you do, then that’s what you do. A few people calling you apologists or sheep on a website will not change that.

There was a time I would have been among the angry men. Many years ago, Newcastle was the most important thing in my life. I was a banner waving militant trying to move on McKeag. I was obsessed with his removal.

Anyone who said good morning to me would be answered by…”What is good about it? SACK THE BOARD. ”

But I’m thirty years older and do not have the desire for the fight anymore.



Does that make me an apologist? It is of no importance. This fight isn’t mine. It only belongs to those who are regularly attending matches today. No one else matters. Only those who hand over money and there are still 40,000 of them

I know that statement is a red rag to some of you but the likes of me who gave up their season ticket no longer count. My opinion is no more important or any more relevant than my 85 year old uncle, who was a huge fan in the 1960s but hasn’t set foot in St James since 1988.

He is entitled to his thoughts but they aren’t exactly going to bother Mike Ashley.

Screaming abuse at people on here is not going to make the slightest difference. In fact, I worry that the only thing it’s likely to get you in the next few years is a knock on the door from the thought police.

Think I’m joking? Did you read about the kid who wrote on one of her A Level papers that she hated the practice of the halal slaughter of Animals. They initially scrapped her paper and she was reported for hate speech. The thing was, she was simply expressing her feelings as a 16-year-old vegetarian, but these days we all need to be very careful what we write and how we write it.

I contacted everyone I know who turned up against Arsenal to ask them the question. Now granted, that is only nine people, but the overriding response was: “This is what I do with my mates and while I still enjoy the day I will continue to do it.”

More than once, the comment was “seen it all before. ”

And I believe that sums up the situation in a couple of sentences.

Never mind the bo..ocks. We support Newcastle United.



I have tried to write this article that sees both sides of the argument but as all of us have our own NUFC history, all of us have our own agenda which will come through in the writing.

The truth is, we aren’t going to win anything under this ownership and as I am 60, I am desperate to see this club win something quickly, because I am running out of seasons. Sadly, I don’t hold out much hope, however, believe me when I say it is not the most important thing in life. Nowhere near it.

Jim White isn’t on Talksport today. There is a God. Natalie Sawyer is on instead. She is speaking about the loss people feel when a family member who people have attended matches with for years has died and how many now can’t face walking into the stadium again.

For once Talksport is listenable.

So let’s try to keep a sense of perspective. This is not Hong Kong. This is not about bringing down a government. Whether Newcastle win or lose, the interest rate on your mortgage will not change.

We are talking about a bunch of Millionaires dressed in short pants, kicking a bag of air into a big fishing net.

Yes, it is addictive. Yes, it is enjoyable (sometimes) but in the end, in the great scheme of things, it’s just a game of football.

If my 30 year old self could hear me say that, his head would explode.

How on earth is football not more important than family, health, or financial security in retirement???

Sorry Jinky Junior but it comes to us all in the end.




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‘I have become utterly sick and tired of your negativity’

I have supported Newcastle since I watched my first ever match back at the start of the seventies.

It was against Don Revie’s Leeds United during their heyday.

I was also one of those who ran onto the St James Park pitch 48 years ago after Malcolm Macdonald, on his debut, put us ahead against Liverpool in a match where Kevin Keegan also starred.



Newcastle United winning 3-2 with a Supermac hat-trick.

My football blood runs black and white. Period.

However, I have become utterly sick and tired of your negativity now pervading The Mag and many of its commentators (in the comments section).

Yes, Rafa Benitez was good news as seen from the outside.

Yes, Mike Ashley is bad news as seen from the outside.

But, equally, Steve Bruce is a good man and passionate about Newcastle United.

He needs our support.

The players need our support.

Negativity begets negativity.

Let’s move on.

Show our triumph and support.

HWTL



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Prediction: Norwich vs Newcastle

Prediction: Newcastle win Best Odds: 23/10 Bookmaker: bet365 The Premier League is back once again this weekend, as teams attempt to build up some early momentum for themselves with the brand new season having gotten underway. The two sides we’re looking at today are both expected to feature in the relegation battle between now and the end […]

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If ever there was a time when we needed football to rescue Newcastle United

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Is it really only four days since Newcastle United kicked off the season?

It can’t be.

I feel like I have already experienced at least over half of another bruising season where it is all about increasing fear of what might happen, rather than anticipation of what could be to come.



I know that in reality it has only been 90 minutes so far and that defeat to Arsenal but I feel very much fatigued.

We ended last season with the 4-0 at Fulham but by that point we knew that Rafa Benitez was having his pivotal London meeting with Mike Ashley and assorted minions only four days later.

So whilst reviewing and debating that win at Craven Cottage on Monday 13 May, at the same time it was also a countdown to that London meeting and what we were going to hear afterwards.

The reality of course was that we were told absolutely nothing.

As always kept completely in the dark by Mike Ashley, complete silence until Monday 24 June when with no prior warning giving to Rafa Benitez that they were doing it, Ashley got his people to put out a public statement saying the manager was officially gone at the end of that week.

The takeover followed a similar pattern, a newspaper exclusive at the end of the May and then public statements from the Bin Zayed Group detailing what had happened so far.

Newcastle United said nothing, neither confirmed this was true or rubbished it.

At least not until that nonsense PR statement via The Mail at the end of July when along with everything else, Mike Ashley blamed everybody but himself – the fans, Rafa Benitez, the BZG, for anything negative this summer.

The hunt for a Rafa replacement was similarly stressful, no urgency shown whatsoever, it taking weeks to scour the globe before ending up with an underwhelming choice of a fading Championship manager, who wasn’t even given the manager’s job at St James Park. Instead Mike Ashley insisting on head coach, ensuring Steve Bruce would have even less credibility than he had already.



As for the transfer window, simply laughable. The first signing not arriving until late July despite Ashley and Charnley telling us later that it had all been agreed in February, then the other four players arriving in the final week of the transfer window, ensuring none of the quartet could be considered to start against Arsenal.

No wonder I feel battered. The summer usually includes some downtime from the stresses and strains of following Newcastle United and at least some optimism to be had.

Never has a club paid £40m for a player and doubled their transfer record, only to be met mainly by puzzlement and wondering why they have paid that much for somebody who has achieved so little so far, rather than unbridled joy.

So, first away game of the season and even though it is a nightmare to get to, I’m off to Norwich.

I am dreading this season now and I just hope the football and Steve Bruce can prove me wrong, that this team can succeed despite appearing to have next to no goals in it.

With Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley seemingly intent on carrying the politics and attacks on Rafa and the fans into the new season, with more nonsense this week, I am not hopeful.

Even they seem to expect this season to be a disaster and are already trying to set the scene as to it being anybody’s fault but their own.

As always though, no matter how bad everything else is, if the actual football and results are decent then we can still have some escapism.

Here’s hoping.




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