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RIP John and Liam – Memorial Flag

Newcastle fans will pay their respects to John and Liam at every NUFC game.

After hearing the devestating news that two of the Toon Army’s most loyal members were passengers on the gunned down Malaysian air craft (MH17)  local lads Josh Young and Kev Moore
started a GoFund account for fellow fans to raise and donate money to contribute towards a large flag in memory of John and Liam.

The GoFund account managed to raise a staggering £7,000  in a matter of days, more than anyone was expecting. The donations flooded in both small and large amounts, each with a touching RIP  message attatched. After hearing about the idea
of a flag being produced I contacted both Josh and Kev with a few designs that could be used for the memorial. We put our heads together in the design process and all agreed with a final design. A small percentage of the money raised was due to contribute towards the memorial flag, but thanks to the kind nature of online flag printers The-flagman.co.uk  the piece was produced free of charge meaning that the full £7k+ raised shall be donated to a charity(ies) as requested by both families.

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The flag will be making its first appearance at Hillsborough tonight as Newcastle travel to Sheffield Wednesday for their first pre season friendly since their return from New Zealand. The flag will also be travelling to Germany as NUFC compete in the
Shalke tournemant.

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Loic Remy – Back On The Market

Newcastle United have became the bookies favourites to land QPR striker Loic Remy after his switch to Anfield collapses after a failed medical.

Remy joined up with the LFC team on their pre season tour of the USA to finalise the £8m deal which had been on the cards since the end of last season, but news broke from America that the french striker had failed a medical due to an underlying heart problem. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers describe the situation as “unfortunate”.

With the sudden collapse of the move to Merseyside, Newcastle are amongst the front runners to secure Remy’s signature despite being snubbed twice now by the frenchman.
Remy was on the brink of a move to tyneside back in 12/13 but the
then Marseille striker failed to turn up in the north east, choosing to sign for QPR who offered Remy a staggering £70k+ a week contract.
Unable to secure QPR’s premier league status, he was then loaned to Newcastle for the duration of the following season where he became a fan favourite in the black and white striped shirt after scoring 14 times in 27 appearances.

Newcastle fans were hoping for Remy to return to St James’ Park on a permanent deal but QPR frontman made it clear that he wanted to play champions league football, slashing NUFC’s chancing of securing a deal……..until now.
It seems pretty clear that Loic doesn’t see his future premier league days playing infront of  18 thousand fans at Loftus Road.

Harry Redknapp seems baffled by Loic Remy’s “inability” to pass the medical provided by Liverpool and  insists that there must be another reason for his transfer reaching a dead end.

The QPR manager who’s face resembles a melted candle said

“I don’t see how he has failed a medical. It doesn’t make sense,’

‘He had a stringent medical here, one at Marseille, one at Newcastle and one with France before the World Cup.

‘He’s never had a problem with his fitness. You could not meet a fitter lad. There can’t be any issue with his fitness.

‘I can’t see a medical reason. There must be other reasons. There has to be another reason.

‘They must have changed their mind or decided to go in another direction”

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Clement Grenier – Training No Show

Reports coming out of France claim that the Lyon midfielder has not met up with the squad for pre season training since last Friday.
Obviously with this recent news the rumour mills have fired up once again linking Grenier with a switch to the premier league.Grenier, 23 who appreared 28 times for Lyon last season, scoring a total of 4 goals and assisiting 5 has been a long term target for NUFC head scout Graham Carr, but rumours earlier this week suggested that the attacking midfielder had snubbed an offer from the tyneside club.

Due to Lyon’s financial situation it seems as if they are open to offers for any player registered at the club with their head coach telling But!

 “We cannot talk about compensating for his potential departure. Due to his talent, we will not find somebody on the market to replace him because of our financial means.
We will adapt appropriately if he leaves. For the moment, we have not had any satisfying offers.”

Grenier’s signature is rumoured to be wanted by a handful of premier league clubs including Newcastle, Everton and Arsenal but sources close to the french international claim that a move to Wenger’s London side is the move he desires most.

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Jonas Gutierrez – The Forgotten Man

Jonas Gutierrez has always had fans in high places.

During his time as Argentina manager, Diego Maradona said Gutierrez’s name was the first on his teamsheet, along with Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

That was high praise indeed from the man many hail as the world’s best-ever player, despite Maradona’s obvious faults.

Another whose opinion carries great weight is Messi, who in 2010 said: “The Premier League have not seen it yet but Jonas is one of the best players in the league.

I know you guys have Rooney, Fabregas, Torres and many more stars – but Jonas is as good as any of them. 

He can fire Newcastle to a top-six finish and win the player of the season award above names like Rooney.”

Even Gutierrez’s biggest fans would have to concede Messi – and Maradona, for that matter – was talking nonsense.

However, he has been an excellent servant for Newcastle United.

Brought in from Real Mallorca in 2008, he immediately became a fans’ favourite, with a tireless debut performance at Manchester United ensuring he started on the front foot.

He still had much adapting to do, though, and a chaotic campaign – which included the managerial reigns of Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer – eventually led to relegation.

Gutierrez had still done enough to win a place in the hearts of many fans, but he started the following campaign in distinctly average form.

Newcastle adapted to life in the Championship well, with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi and Fabricio Coloccini helping them through the early months, but Gutierrez too often went missing in games.

This was an Argentina international, still at the forefront of their plans for the forthcoming World Cup. The Championship should have been child’s play for him.

Eventually, he started to come good after forming a formidable left-side partnership with fellow Spanish speaker Jose Enrique.

He scored a spectacular first goal for the club against Peterborough United after a mazy run during which he beat five players, although he refused to celebrate with his trademark Spiderman mask in protest at rumours which had circulated about his future.

Gutierrez wanted to be at Newcastle – unlike many of the others who had jumped ship the previous summer – and began to show his true worth.

He was a key member of the side which swept its way to the Championship title and back into the Premier League, and for that, he should always be fondly remembered on Tyneside.

Back in the Premier League, his partnership with Enrique continued to flourish, and although he was by no means the star man, Gutierrez had established himself as a firm favourite.

He had his limitations, such as his lack of end product at times, but was an invaluable member of the team due to his ability to link up with Enrique, dribble the team out of danger, win fouls and drift inside onto his right foot when needed.

He never did live up to those heights Messi predicted – in fact, he never got near.

However, Gutierrez provided some lasting memories in black and white, even if his standards slipped alarmingly as the 2012-13 season spiralled out of control.

It became clear he no longer merited a regular starting place, and at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, he lost his spot in the side.

However, he has deserved better than the treatment he has been given in the last 12 months.

Whispers about a clause in his contract entitling him to a year’s extension if he plays a small number of games refuse to go away, and Gutierrez got nowhere near the first-team last season before being loaned out to Norwich City.

He made no impact whatsoever at Carrow Road in an injury-hit spell which eventually led to Norwich’s relegation, and now he has returned to Tyneside, it’s easy to forget he is still a Newcastle player.

Gutierrez is clearly not in Alan Pardew’s plans, but he still has a value. Surely he could be a decent squad member?

If there is a clause in his deal entitling him to another year at St James’s Park if he plays x number of games, surely it can be renegotiated?

Gutierrez is not on Newcastle’s pre-season tour of New Zealand, not working at the training ground and not even taking part in the behind-closed-doors friendlies the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and Gael Bigirimana have been reduced to.

The winger is free to find a new club, and is simply a forgotten man at Newcastle.

It is a real shame, even if his best days are well behind him, and many would say he flattered to deceive even when he was at his peak.

Gutierrez ‘gets’ Newcastle, and always has.

As Messi said in 2010, “Gutierrez told me during the World Cup that, as long as Newcastle stay in the top-flight, he would like to finish his career there.”

He is one of the rare brand of overseas players who made Newcastle their home, and grew to love the place, the club and the people.

Whatever his limitations, he could never be accused of not giving his all, and should be remembered fondly.

He deserved a more fitting ending than this, reduced to a non-playing, non-training member of staff.

Gutierrez is free to find a new club, but he should still have one at Newcastle, at least until the right side comes along.

If possible, United should get rid of the clause he is close to triggering. Gutierrez may be yesterday’s man, but he does not deserve to be an outcast.

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Andy Carroll – Forever Linked

January 31st 2011. The day Newcastle United sold Andy Carroll for staggering £35m. I was devastated when I heard the news that we were selling a player who had helped us to promotion and had scored such vital goals on our return to the top flight. And in true Newcastle style we didn’t replace him that transfer window which made Carroll’s move to Merseyside even worse.

It’s now July 2014 and Newcastle United are once again linked with a move for Carroll, like we have nearly every transfer window since he left. At least we know early on this time that a move back to his boyhood club will not materialise after Carroll’s latest injury.
Would I have Carroll back?

I probably would if he could ever sort his fitness problems out and the fee was below £10m as let’s face it he has hardly pulled up any trees since his move to Liverpool and the subsequent move to West Ham. When you look back it’s quite astonishing how we even got £35m for the player.

The problem with Carroll is he cannot stay fit and he only signed for West Ham for £15m last year so they’d most likely not be willing to take a loss if a club (not just Newcastle) made an offer.

I have always said that I don’t believe that the once NUFC no9 will ever have the same hunger to score for another team compared to that drive he had during his time on Tyneside but saying that I don’t think he would be the right striker to fill our gap in the last third of the pitch. He hasn’t scored near enough goals since his departure, and his inability to remain fit for the duration of the season is a massive factor for a potential return him and that’s not eve beginning to mention his rapid increase in wages since he joined Liverpool ..

I honestly think he will be back in the black and white striped shirt one day but not for a few more years just yet.