Newcastle United have received a boost ahead of Manchester United's visit to St James' Park after Islam Slimani joined in his first full training session following his move from Leicester City during the January transfer window. The 29-year-old forward joined the Magpies on loan for the rest of the campaign after struggling for game time at the King Power Stadium. Slimani was unable to make his debut against Crystal Palace last weekend as he was carrying a minor injury, but according to Sky Sports, the Algeria international took part in a full training session with the rest of the squad on Wednesday (7 February) making him available for the game against the Red Devils on Sunday. The Algerian forward had scored five goals in all competitions for Leicester this season before his move to Tyneside but only one came in the Premier League with the others coming in the Carabao Cup. Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez lost Aleksandar Mitrovic during the January transfer window after the club … [Read more...] about Islam Slimani could make his debut for the Magpies when Manchester United visit St James’ Park
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Caballero 7; Rudiger 7, Christensen 6, Cahill 7; Zappacosta 8, Kante 7 (Ampadu 77), Drinkwater 6, Alonso 7; PEDRO 8 (Hudson-Odoi 81), Batshuayi 8, Hazard 7 (Barkley 73). Subs: Eduardo (gk), Musonda, Fabregas, Moses. Loading article content NEWCASTLE (5-3-1-1): 6 Darlow: Made an excellent save from Alonso’s volley, but was well beaten by the wing-back’s free-kick 4 Manquillo: Played as a wing-back, but offered next to nothing going forward – couldn’t get close enough to Hazard in his own area 5 Clark: Made a couple of important headers, but struggled to deal with Batshuayi’s movement in the box 5 Lascelles: Not one of the skipper’s better games as Chelsea’s attackers picked holes in Newcastle’s five-man defence 4 Mbemba: Recalled after a lengthy absence, but never looked comfortable as Pedro and Hazard linked effectively 5 Haidara: Called in from the cold for his first appearance of the season, and at … [Read more...] about NEWCASTLE: Match Ratings from the Magpies’ 3-0 defeat at Chelsea
MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson 6; Walker 7, Stones 7, Otamendi 6, Zinchenko 7; D Silva 7, Fernandinho 6, de Bruyne 8; Sterling 8 (B Silva 86), AGUERO 9, Sane 8 (Diaz 87). Subs (not used): Bravo (gk), Danilo, Adarabioyo, Mangala, Gundogan. Loading article content NEWCASTLE (5-4-1): 6 Darlow: Couldn’t be blamed for any of the goals, and made an excellent second-half save as he turned Sterling’s shot onto the post 4 Manquillo: Couldn’t deal with de Bruyne for most of the game and panicked as he bundled over Sterling for the penalty 5 Hayden: Found himself lining up as one of three centre-halves, but looked reasonably comfortable in his new role 5 Lascelles: Tried his hardest to keep tabs on Aguero, but was ultimately found wanting like the vast majority of his team-mates 4 Clark: Will be disappointed at the way in which the diminutive Aguero got ahead of him to head home City’s opener 6 DUMMETT: Has impressed since returning to the side and … [Read more...] about NEWCASTLE: Match Ratings from the Magpies’ 3-1 defeat to Manchester City
After a turbulent year which saw a devastating fire in the spring lead to its closure throughout the main tourism season, the iconic Magpie Cafe in Whitby finally reopened its doors shortly before Christmas. After an extensive and costly renovation, there was immense relief from owner Ian Robson and chef Paul Gildroy and staff when the Pier Road restaurant declared itself back open for business again – and it seemed a natural choice for a Friday night family meal. The business certainly attracts the high and mighty, with celebrity chef James Martin and ex-England Test cricketer David Lloyd both recent visitors. We were shown to our table and immediately attended to by our friendly and chatty waitress for the evening, Audrey. The first thing to mention about the food is the sheer variety. It offers a huge array of fish alone – try John Dory instead of the more traditional cod – plus plenty for those who are less keen on fish dishes. I kicked off the evening with … [Read more...] about Dining Out: The Magpie Cafe, Whitby
NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): 6 Darlow: Did well to save Ayew’s initial header, but almost teed up Bony for a stoppage-time winner as he slid to the ground 8 YEDLIN: Produced a crucial stoppage-time clearance from Bony’s shot and protected the right-hand side of Newcastle’s back four Loading article content 6 Clark: Should have been closer to Ayew as he met van der Hoorn’s cross, but made some important headed interventions 7 Lascelles: Another impressive showing in front of the watching Gareth Southgate – might an England call-up be imminent? 7 Dummett: Has helped shore up the left-hand side of Newcastle’s defence since returning to the team last month 4 Ritchie: Another below-par showing from a player who is struggling to recapture his best form – his set-pieces were poor once again 4 Shelvey: Didn’t have much of an impact on the pitch, and let himself down with a petulant reaction to being substituted 5 Diame: Covered plenty of … [Read more...] about NEWCASTLE: Match Ratings from the Magpies’ 1-1 draw with Swansea City
A MUM-OF-THREE who is one of Britain’s most prolific female thieves has walked free from court after clocking up her 218th conviction.Jeanette Fidler known as The Magpie plundered tens of thousands of pounds worth of items in raids on ladies lockers at gyms, health centres, leisure complexes and spas across the North of England, in over 17 years of offending.In a bid to stop her thieving spree, junkie Fidler was banned from all leisure centres, gyms or hotels in the UK.But she was arrested again in July after various lockers were broken into after staff let her use the ladies toilet at Salford Community Leisure centre in Greater Manchester.At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Fidler, of Oldham, admitted breaching her Criminal Behaviour Order but escaped with a 12-month community order after she insisted she did not break into any of the lockers.The single mother - who has three year old son - claimed she was only at the leisure centre because she was desperate for the … [Read more...] about One of Britain’s most prolific female thieves nicknamed The Magpie walks free from court despite breaching order banning her from every gym and hotel in the country
NEWCASTLE have been dealt a blow in their quest to sign Pepe Reina after his agent revealed he has received no offers this summer.The goalkeeper is believed to be a key target for boss Rafa Benitez who is looking to be reunited with Spanish goalkeeper for the third time.However, the 34-year-old's representative has claimed the former Bayern Munich man is already looking ahead to next season with Napoli. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog Despite being offered a new one-year deal to extend his stay with the Serie A giants with his current contract due to expire next summer, Reina is hoping for a longer term deal.This has led Benitez to believe he can lure the 2010 World Cup winner back to the Premier League, and link up once more having enjoyed success together at Liverpool and the Partenopei.Reina's agent - Manuel Garcia Quilon, told Italian news outlet Il Mattino: "We do not have offers from … [Read more...] about Newcastle dealt blow in pursuit of Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina as agent declares he has received no offers from the Magpies
NEWCASTLE'S promotion is all but secure but the Magpies have the chance to seal the deal in front of their own fans against Preston.Huddersfield's 4-1 loss at home to Fulham has made the task significantly easier for Rafa Benitez's men at St James' Park.Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Monday night clash.Newcastle vs Preston will take place at St James' Park on Monday, April 24.The match will kick off at 7.45pm.Sky Sports 1 and HD1 will broadcast all the action live.Newcastle need a point at home to North End to be mathematically certain of promotion ahead of third placed Reading, who they lead by six points.But their place in the Premier League is virtually secure as the Royals are a whopping 36 goals worse off on goal difference.More interesting could be the title race.The Toon Army need at least a draw to remain in with a chance of catching Brighton, who lead them by seven points having played a game more.Ciaran Clark is set to return to Rafa Benitez's squad after … [Read more...] about Newcastle vs Preston: What TV channel is it on, what time is kick-off and what do the Magpies have to do to secure promotion to the Premier League?
YET again Newcastle United have been brought up in an Andros Townsend interview. Months on from Townsend's exit from Newcastle United and the club is still brought up in his interviews with the press.Words thrown around like "loves the club" and "tough decision to make". I'll let you make your mind up on whether those words are genuine or just a nice gesture to his ex club's fanbase.Let's rewind to the time we signed the England international. At the time, Andros was playing reserve football for Spurs and hadn't seen the first team in months.We paid a huge fee and put a lot of faith in the 24 year old and many pundits laughed at paying a double figure sum for a Tottenham reserve player.From day one, the winger received some of the best support that we could give to a player for his effort and direct style of play. He brought some much needed pace into the side and wasn't afraid to shoot.When Townsend signed he made sure he had a relegation release clause in his contract due to the club … [Read more...] about Newcastle United news: Andros Townsend says he ‘loves’ the club and had to leave to keep his England place… but what do the Magpies fans think?
NEWCASTLE boss Rafa Benitez is favourite for this season's Premier League sack race.The bookies have chalked up the Newcastle boss at 7/2 to be given the heave-ho first this season, according to Ladbrokes.But it's not great news for Chelsea chief Antonio Conte, who's 8/1 to be given the boot, despite winning the league title last term.Conte's biggest rivals - Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola - look safe in their posts at 33/1 or bigger.Richard Marsh of Ladbrokes News said: "The new Premier League season hasn't even started but already it doesn't look great for Rafa at Newcastle.""Antonio Conte may have guided Chelsea to the title last season, but he's ominously high up the betting when it comes to the sack race."So far this summer, Benitez has been busy in the transfer market bolstering his squad for life back in the Premier League.The ex-Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss already brought in ex-Norwich winger Jacob Murphy, defender … [Read more...] about Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez favourite to be sacked in Premier League with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just 8/1 for the boot