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Is there any way back for Owen?

March 30, 2009

Quite how far Michael Owen’s career has nosedived was underlined at the weekend when the Newcastle United striker was again overlooked for his country despite the lack of attacking options for coach Fabio Capello.

England’s north east goes from hotbed to wasteland

March 25, 2009

Things are looking grim in the north east, England’s fabled “hotbed of soccer”. 

Premier League deja vu creeping in again

March 6, 2009

As Dimitar Berbatov sluggishly rolled in Manchester United’s winner at Newcastle United on Wednesday it suddenly occurred to me that the Premier League season that threatened a different story is heading for a very familiar ending.

Kinnear turns Tyne air blue but was the rant justified?

October 3, 2008

Kinnear in the crowdNot since Biffa Bacon hit the pages of Viz have so many swear words come out of Newcastle as interim manager Jo Kinnear made an immediate impact in his first week in charge.*

Newcastle can do better than Venables

September 26, 2008

Keegan supporterIt’s been a torrid time for Newcastle, with Kevin Keegan gone, Mike Ashley going, the fans protesting and the team second from bottom in the Premier League, but news that Terry Venables has decided not to return to football to take over the manager’s job actually means things are looking up.

Does Ashley really deserve such a raw deal?

September 15, 2008

Ashley leaves a meetingThe trouble at Newcastle United continued on Sunday when owner Mike Ashley finally gave in to fans’ protests and put the club up for sale. That decision will delight a lot of Geordies, maybe, but has Ashley really been that bad?

Keegan resigns from Newcastle (Update)

September 4, 2008

Keegan lookes onKevin Keegan resigned as manager of Newcastle United on Thursday, less than eight months after taking charge of the Premier League club for the second time.

If you want to match United, try copying Ferguson

September 4, 2008

Ferguson smilesWith the top four never changing, it is almost more entertaining following the Premier League when there are no matches taking place. So it proved this week, from the takeover and mega-spending at Manchester City to the Kevin Keegan saga at Newcastle and Alan Curbishley’s exit from West Ham.

Who will follow Curbishley at West Ham?

September 3, 2008

Curbishley gesturesThe soap opera that is the English Premier League continued on Wednesday with its first managerial departure — Alan Curbishley resigning as manager of West Ham three games into the new season.