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Premier League
Steve Bruce: When your best attackers are centre-halves
15:01 Sunday 17th November 2019

When Rafael Benitez left Tyneside in the summer and was replaced by Steve Bruce, fans were less than welcoming to their new man. With the loss of top scorer Salomon Rondon, takeover rumours which proved to be unfounded speculation and…

Premier League
How the Longstaff brothers reinstalled vigour and belief at Newcastle United
12:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Unless you’re the biblical Abel, you’d rather have your brother watching your back at work than someone else. Unfortunately, not many enjoy the privilege, particularly in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff is among the…

Premier League
Is Solskjaer afraid to push all-in?
09:00 Monday 7th October 2019

In 22 previous attempts, Steve Bruce failed to defeat Manchester United. On the one hand, there’s a first time for everything. Even the Washington Generals won a few games against the Harlem Globetrotters. On the other hand, it’s…

Premier League
Did Newcastle United waste money on their £40 million man?
14:00 Sunday 6th October 2019

“He’s got everything a modern-day player wants.”  Those were Steve Bruce's words following Joelinton's unveiling as Newcastle United’s new number nine. Two months on, Newcastle is in a mire and the Brazilian doesn’t…

Premier League
Can Ayoze Perez find a way to co-exist with Jamie Vardy?
12:00 Sunday 29th September 2019

Newcastle visit the King Power today. If you predict match outcomes based on common opponents, you might not fancy the Magpies chances to nick a result. They beat Tottenham in North London and we all saw Spurs blow the early lead when they…

Premier League
Rating Haller, Joelinton, Kean: Who will have the biggest impact?
17:00 Thursday 12th September 2019

Every kid on the playground wants to be a striker. Despite that, so many Premier League clubs just don’t have a top-quality finisher. Everton, West Ham United and Newcastle United were three sides who recently inhabited that list.…

Premier League
Does Newcastle's spending spree reveal a penitent or persistent Mike Ashley?
09:01 Sunday 11th August 2019

Every manager who sizes up Newcastle sees the same thing. St James’ Park seats 52,405 obese or slack-muscled, pasty-skinned males sporting cheap haircuts and cheaper tats. If ever there was a time to be sexist and exclude women from an…

Premier League
2019/20 Newcastle United Premier League preview
15:00 Wednesday 31st July 2019

Only at St James’ Park could a closed season be eventful but not that busy. Despite improving marginally in points, goals and goal difference in 2018/19, Newcastle dropped three places in the table to 13th. Shortly after the campaign…

Premier League
Why Steve Bruce’s Newcastle appointment is the latest insult to Toon Army
19:01 Thursday 18th July 2019

After allowing Rafael Benitez to walk three weeks ago, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley bore the brunt of fans’ criticism, a role which the British billionaire has made his own since taking over in 2007. Any right-minded person would…

Managerial News
John Terry off to a flying start in football management
12:00 Sunday 9th June 2019

When John Terry moved to Aston Villa after an amazing career at Chelsea, many wondered why. The common practice has been for legendary players to move to a retirement league in the East. China, Qatar and Japan to name a few. They pay astronomical…

Championship
Dean Smith, John Terry, troubled times at Aston Villa. Why?
15:00 Thursday 24th January 2019

Just before the second week of October 2018, Aston Villa decided to pull the plug on Steve Bruce. This followed a terrible run of form that featured one win in nine Championship matches which left Villa 12th in the standings. Bruce was almost…

Championship
What happened to Henri Lansbury at Aston Villa?
15:00 Wednesday 7th November 2018

Midfielder Henri Lansbury was left out of Aston Villa's matchday squad for Friday’s 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. He sat out a Championship game for the 11th time this season. Yet to rack up a single minute in the division,…

Championship
Thierry Henry misses out on Aston Villa job
15:00 Friday 27th July 2018

Few clubs have been on as turbulent a path as Aston Villa over the last few years. The former European champions had several seasons of near misses at the bottom end of the Premier League; before eventually getting relegated in 2015/16. They…

Championship
Championship play-offs: Which team will secure Premier League promotion?
10:30 Friday 11th May 2018

The Championship play-offs commence on Friday night. Fulham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Derby County all have sights set on England’s top division. Only three games stand in their way.   In the semi-finals, Fulham take on Derby…

Championship
Ex-Tigers returning in numbers to Hull City on Saturday with Aston Villa
16:00 Friday 30th March 2018

Hull City face Aston Villa at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday and it promises to be an enthralling encounter. The Tigers need points to boost their survival chances whilst their opponents need to get their promotion push after two defeats in a…