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John Howell

A graduate of Media & Cultural Studies from the University of West of England, I am a 26-year-old sports fanatic based in Bristol and an avid supporter of Newcastle United. I have written for several sites before joining It's Round and It's White and although I write primarily on the subject of football, you can catch me playing rugby on the weekends, no pun intended.

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Premier League
Newcastle approach January transfer window with uncertainty still looming
16:00 Monday 8th January 2018

Though the last ball will be kicked on 13th May, the month of January will ultimately define Newcastle’s season and, in many ways, its long-term future. Simply put, should manager Rafael Benitez be allowed to bolster his squad, his presence…

Premier League
Key absences mean Benitez and Newcastle may have to gamble against Watford
13:30 Friday 24th November 2017

It’s clear that the season is beginning to take its toll on Newcastle United. Injuries in key positions, including influential playmaker Mikel Merino, winger Christian Atsu, and captain Jamal Lascelles in defence lead to Rafa Benitez…

Premier League
Crystal Palace push the panic button by sacking Frank de Boer
16:45 Monday 11th September 2017

If he didn't know already, Frank de Boer is now all too aware of how cruel the Premier League has become. After four league games without a win or a goal, Crystal Palace have decided to cut their losses on a man appointed with long-term…

Are West Ham United right to give Slaven Bilic more time?
09:30 Wednesday 6th September 2017

Reports have emerged that the Croatian will be given more time to help turn around the clubs dreadful start to the season, however, results will be expected sooner rather than later for manager Slaven Bilic.

Premier League
Soft interview can’t shield Mike Ashley's continual Newcastle failings
09:00 Wednesday 16th August 2017

Mike Ashley's confession to Sky Sports that he was naive when he first bought Newcastle does little for the damage he's caused. Sunday evening's interview with Mike Ashley revealed little to those who've followed the Sports Direct owner since…

Arsene Wenger should take charge of his last league game this weekend
15:30 Sunday 21st May 2017

As the Premier League draws to a close this weekend, the Frenchman's future at Arsenal remains in doubt. Now is the time for Arsene Wenger to go, writes John Howell.

Rafa Benitez’s future remains uncertain as decisive talks begin at Newcastle United
14:00 Tuesday 9th May 2017

The Newcastle United manager is set for crunch talks with owner Mike Ashley, which could alter Rafa Benitez's future on Tyneside.

Time finally running out for Sunderland in the battle for Premier League safety
18:00 Wednesday 5th April 2017

The north-east club now seem finally set to drop out of the top flight after wrestling with relegation one too many times. Sunderland are firmly locked at the bottom of the Premier League. For the past five seasons, it's seemed almost inevitable.…

International break comes at the right time for bruised Newcastle United
10:30 Thursday 23rd March 2017

Saturday's 0-0 draw at struggling Birmingham City marked the first time this season that Newcastle United have gone without a win in three consecutive league games. The Championship leaders are showing signs of stuttering to the finish line…

Are Middlesbrough sleepwalking towards relegation?
12:00 Thursday 9th March 2017

Aitor Karanka's side slipped into the bottom three after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Stoke on Saturday. Middlesbrough's form has gone quietly under the radar, but they'll have to be careful if they want to remain in the Premier League.

Lee Johnson under pressure as Bristol City's relegation worries continue
13:30 Friday 3rd March 2017

Bristol City find themselves just outside of the Championship drop zone on goal difference after their disastrous run of form continued. Bristol City fans are calling for manager Lee Johnson to leave after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat away to Aston…

Dimitri Payet’s refusal to play for West Ham United will only end badly for him
18:15 Thursday 12th January 2017

Slaven Bilic has said the club will not be selling their best player, despite Payet's protests to leave are for “personal reasons”. The 29-year-old signed a new contract to tie him to West Ham until 2021 last February but has been consistently…

European Football
48 team World Cup expansion to go ahead but not for footballing reasons.
16:00 Wednesday 11th January 2017

FIFA has sacrificed footballs ultimate prize in a political move to placate the pockets lesser nations.

Bob Bradley under pressure after one win in seven leaves Swansea rock bottom
16:00 Wednesday 7th December 2016

Reports suggest Swansea have launched a wide-ranging review in an attempt to reverse their fortunes, which could include a change of manager.

Moyes nearing redemption but there is still a long way to go for Sunderland
23:20 Monday 5th December 2016

Saturday's 2-1 win against Leicester is Sunderland's third in four league games, leading to suggestions that David Moyes' side have finally turned a corner.