A winless Newcastle welcome newly promoted Brentford to St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon as Eddie Howe takes charge of his first match.
The visitors have enjoyed a decent start to their campaign and sit in 14th with 12 points, five places above their opponents. The 3pm clash is a must-win for Eddie Howe as his side find themselves firmly in the relegation zone and in desperate need of improvement on the pitch.
The fans will be hoping the appointment of the former Bournemouth boss will give the team a much needed lift and help to change the fortunes on the pitch. The Mags find themselves five points from safety in 19th position.
The decision to bring Howe to Tyneside came prior to the international break and signals the start of a new era for Newcastle following the Saudi-led takeover of the club last month.
In the build-up to Saturday’s match, the club have made some coaching staff changes. Interim coach Graeme Jones, first team development coach Ben Dawson and goalkeeping coach Simon Smith remain at the club and all form part of Howe’s new set-up.
Brentford travel North off the back of a 2-1 home defeat to bottom-club Norwich who claimed their first win of the season. The Canaries went on to part company with Daniel Farke and now battle for survival with new manager Dean Smith – recently sacked by Aston Villa.
Thomas Frank will want an instant response to his sides disappointing defeat last time out.
The Bees have lost their last 4 league games, all by small margins, and will be hoping to put their poor form behind them at St. James Park. Newcastle are still winless and go into the match having lost 3-0 to Chelsea last time out at home. The Mags will be looking to build on the well-fought point away on the south-coast in the previous game-week.
The last meeting between the two sides was the quarter-final of the 2020 Carabao Cup which saw Brentford come out 1-0 winners after an extremely poor Newcastle performance. To some, this game was the turning point for Steve Bruce as fans began to question his abilities as manager.
Former Magpie Ivan Toney is set to feature for the away side and will be looking to prove a point on Saturday afternoon. The English striker made just two appearances for the Geordie’s and played a key role in Brentford’s promotion to the top-flight. He finished with a staggering 31 goals last season in the Championship but is yet to replicate his form in the Premier League – will he save his best for his former club?
This weekends fixture is the first of 3 home games against ‘lesser’ teams in which Howe will be expecting to pick up some much needed points. It will be an impressive feat if the new boss can guide Newcastle to safety and with the January transfer window still nine games away its important he gets off to a solid start.
The team from Tyneside face a tough trip to the Emirates following the visit of Brentford, before games against fellow strugglers Norwich and Burnley both at St James Park.
Despite a large transfer budget available to the Magpies in January, performances need to improve quickly otherwise any additions to the squad may come too late as the current squad heads towards relegation.
The game involves two of the least in-form sides in the Premier League as both teams are desperate to claim a much-needed victory.
The sides have battled it out on 12 previous occasions with Newcastle winning 8 and Brentford claiming the spoils on 4 occasions – there is yet to be a draw.
Ryan Fraser trained as normal this week after leaving the Scotland camp with a calf problem. Defender Paul Dummnet remains unavailable and is yet to feature this season. Martin Dubravka could make his first start of the season.
For Brentford, David Raya and full-back Josh Dasilva are out until 2022. Danish midfielder Mathias Jenson tested positive for covid last week and was unable to join the national squad, but could feature on Saturday. Kristoffer Ajer faces a few more weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem as Mads Sorensen and Shandon Baptise also miss out. Yoane Wissa may return.
Howe is known for his attacking style of play and is expected to revert to a 4-4-2 formation with Allan St. Maximin and Callum Wilson as focal points up-front.
Newcastle: D L L D L D
Brentford: D W L L L L
NUFC: Dubravka, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Ritchie, Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.
Brentford: Fernandez, Goode, Pinnock, Jansson, Canos, Janelt, Norgaard, Onyeka, Henry, Toney, Mbeumo.
What are your pre-match thoughts? Who would make your starting 11 for Howe’s first game in charge?
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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