Gervinho and Alex Song Given Three-Match Bans

Arsenal’s Gervinho and Alex Song have been handed three-match bans by the FA for their conduct during Saturday’s draw with Newcastle United. Gervinho, 24, was given a straight red card for slapping Magpies midfielder Joey Barton. Barton was given a yellow card for his role in the melee, as he had initially dragged the Ivory Coast winger off the ground after an apparent dive from the Arsenal star. Because he…

August 16, 2011
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Premier League preview: Chelsea v Newcastle

Chelsea host Newcastle for the second time at Stamford Bridge this term, after the boys from the North took the spoils at their last visit. United won 4-3 in a thrilling Carling Cup encounter in West London last year, with Shola Ameobi netting twice in the upset result over Carlo Ancelotti’s men. A lot has changed at St James’ Park since, with notable differences to the first-team squad being striker…

May 14, 2011
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Arsène Wenger Fails to Give Newcastle Credit They Deserve

For a supposed football visionary Arsène Wenger can sometimes fail to see the big picture. No one expected Arsenal’s manager to be ecstatic after watching his side make Premier League history by forfeiting a 4-0 lead but few imagined his infamous myopia and lack of generosity towards opponents would prove quite so pronounced. As Wenger implied it was all the referee Phil Dowd’s fault, someone attempted to introduce a touch…

February 7, 2011
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Other Managers Say I’m Mad:Pardew

Alan Pardew has admitted that he was warned by numerous managers that he would be “mad” to take the Newcastle United job and that he had serious reservations about accepting the post before today signing a 5½?year deal. Pardew was confirmed as Newcastle’s eighth manager in little more than four years but said he almost turned his car around on his way to Tyneside and headed back to London. Unwanted by…

December 10, 2010
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EPL Preview: Newcastle v Liverpool

Newcastle fans will hope any announcement on the club’s new manager does not detract from the on-field performance against Liverpool on Saturday. Both clubs have endured intense managerial speculation this season but for Newcastle it came to a head on Monday when Chris Hughton was sacked. The Magpies want to unveil their new manager at St James’ Park before the late kick-off, with former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol, Alan…

December 9, 2010
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Newcastle Set To Name Pardew Manager

Alan Pardew faces a daunting battle for hearts and minds on Tyneside if, as appears virtually certain, he is unveiled as Newcastle United’s latest manager tomorrow. With the club’s players still deeply disappointed by the sacking of Chris Hughton and fans underwhelmed, to put it mildly, at the prospect of Pardew’s arrival the challenge ahead looks sizeable. Fewer than 2% of those polled by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today wanted…

December 9, 2010
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