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Alan Shearer's Return To The Toon Army

Started on 25 July 2013 by LFC
Latest Reply on 19 August 2013 by CrazyNinja
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Some really nice signings well done for this season :P
Thanks :P
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Senegalese striker Demba Ba and 27 year old Spanish midfielder Javi García have both joined Newcastle United on loan for the season. The duo met with manager Alan Shearer late last night to discuss terms, and the deal was completed in the early hours of this morning. They will instantly fly off to Canada, where the squad is holding a training camp.

Ba, who returns to Newcastle for a third spell, has said he is delighted that he has been able to impress Shearer another for him to return to the club. The striker played for Newcastle before joining Chelsea, and he established himself as a fan favourite among the Newcastle supporters under the management of Alan Pardew.

He was a first team player under the management of Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benítez, but when José Mourinho, and later Luciano Spalletti took charge of the club, he fell out of favour and was loaned back to Newcastle after Alan Shearer lodged a bid for him. There is a fee thought to be involved in the deal, with Newcastle paying a reported £750k to retain the strikers' services for another year. Last season, Ba was a regular for The Magpies', starting 27 league games on the left wing, scoring two and creating three.

García, 27, joins on a season long loan from last seasons' runners-up Manchester City. Since joining City in 2012, he has only made 11 league appearances for the club, spending the majority of last season on loan at German club Schalke. The player has been brought in to come into the first team, where his midfield role is lacking numbers. Manager Alan Shearer has told Sky Sports that he intends to use him as a central midfielder and will be giving him a lot of first team opportunities. The fee for the loan deal is around £1 million García has told us that he will give his all in an effort to finally prove himself worthy in the English top division. The two players add to the arrivals at St James's Park, with Newcastle having already signed Christian Benteke, Andrea Venturi and Alex.
Nice work, well written with good point of view.

Really good loans to help compliment your signings
Very nice updates recently :) Benteke and Ba should do great for you

Yeah, I get the 200th reply ^_^
Bourani, P-KIDDY ( AND KANE) Thanks :D
Nice signings :)

Pre-season Report

Newcastle had a quiet pre-season, with just three friendlies being played in total. After their success last year, they will look to build on that as they head into this years' campaign.

The Friendly Match

Friendly Cup: The City Of Manchester Stadium

Pre-season Awards

French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa wins the Player Of The Pre-season Award, after scoring three of the teams' five goals. He also created one goal for the team.

An interesting choice to bring back Demba Ba. I haven't rated him in my Chelsea save, however, it will be great to see how he does for you. Good luck for the coming season.

Community Shield 2014: Newcastle VS Manchester United

Hello and welcome to the Community Shield here at Wembley. Thanks for joining me, Paul Scholes and my co-host commentator Joe Kinnear. The match being held here today, is what many people call the 'traditional curtain-raiser' for the season. The two teams that are playing here are doing so because Manchester United won the Premier League, whilst Newcastle won the FA Cup. Without further ado, let's begin the commentary.

0': Newcastle kick off here with new signing Christian Benteke passing back to Moussa Sissoko. Sissoko plays a ball forwards to fullback Rubén. Rubén is tackled by English defender Phil Jones, who attempts a back pass to goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. But the pass is wayward and Benteke is in here... surely!!! He finds the net with the first shot of his Newcastle career. After that goal, fans will surely see why the £22 million fee was paid. A real poachers goal. I've just been told that that goal is the fastest Community Shield goal ever scored, after just 15 seconds.

4': Vurnon Anita picks the ball up in the center of the field. Passes it to midfielder Javi García who feeds the ball out wide to right back Mathieu Debuchy. Debuchy avoids the challenge of Manchester United fullback Fábio Coentrão. Still Debuchy! Coentrão is tracking back here... but another wonderful bit of skill from Debuchy! He takes the ball into the penalty area, crosses the ball to Rubén... he touches it down... he's in plenty of space! He fires through the arms of Lindegaard and it's 2-0 after just four minutes.

11': Wayne Rooney picks the ball up 30 yards from goal. But what has Moussa Sissoko done there?! A disgraceful challenge! He's hacked Rooney down with two feet! The referee has no option but to send him off here and Sissoko is already heading off the pitch. It will be interesting to know what was going through his mind when he made that tackle! RED CARD.

16': Wayne Rooney passes to left back Fábio Coentrão. But Javi García has come across and makes the tackle on the halfway line. Coentrão is having a nightmare! And now García! It's 3 against 2 here! García plays a lovely ball to Benteke... he can shoot here... but before he can, Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos makes a great last ditch tackle... but the ball rolls out to Italian striker Alessandro Matri... he's got an open goal! He scores to make it 3-0! Manchester United are left stunned! Who'd have thought they would have been 3 goals down after just 16 minutes? Credit to Newcastle United though. What a performance so far!

17': Marouane Fellaini picks the ball up for the kickoff. And instantly smashes a ball forward to find the magnificent run of Robin Van Persie! Great ball! Van Persie touches it down.... and smashes it over Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal, who was left helpless. 3-1. The game is on.

62': Nick Powell takes the ball from Gareth Bale 30 yards from goal. He makes a run forward before playing a brilliant through ball with the outside of his foot to Robin Van Persie, who makes another fantastic run into the penalty area. He's got space here... and scores his second with a placed shot into the bottom corner! 3-2! The game is now so close, with Manchester United looking to get back into the game!

64': Antonio Valencia has the ball out wide here and Van Persie is in space in the box, yet again. He plays a cross in towards him! Mathieu Debuchy makes a great tackle to deny Van Persie! But what's this? Van Persie goes to the floor and it's a blatant dive! He's already been booked here. He has to go and he joins Moussa Sissoko on the suspension list. Have things just been made slightly easier for Newcastle?

90'+5: The referee blows the final whistle and the Newcastle fans here at Wembley go wild! A brilliant win for them, considering they spent the majority of the match with only ten men! Their first Community Shield win for 105 years and yet another piece of silverware for them! A great acheivement!

: Robin Van Persie
Brilliant story. My first one read on this site.
Well worth the read through all those pages.

Congrats on success so far, Benteke and Alex very clever buys.

Love the use of the loan market as well. GL!
Thank you !

Five Magpies Fly Away As Newcastle Look To Reshape Squad

French center back Mapou Yanga M'biwa, 25 has left Newcastle for league runners-up Manchester City in a deal worth around £7 million. He signed a 4 year contract with City on Wednesday afternoon, and has said to be disappointed to have left Newcastle, after failing to impress during his time there.

Since Alan shearer joined the club as the manager, he has favoured Davide Astori and Fabricio Coloccini and with the recent signing of Alex from PSG, his chances of first team football were threatened even more. Last year saw M'biwa join French side AS Monaco for the season. He played in 35 league games for the club but it was still not enough to convince Shearer of his abilities.

22 year old winger Sammy Ameobi who was once thought to have a bright future in the game, has been sold to Wigan Athletic in a deal worth £4.1 million. The player, who is the younger brother of former Newcastle favourite Shola Ameobi, has told Sky Sports that he is happy to have been granted an opportunity to revive his career at a lower team.

The first season under Alan Shearer saw a formation that didn't allow room for wingers, so Ameobi found his chances very limited. In the second season, the formation was changed, but he was not picked as Shearer preferred Demba Ba to him. Ameobi stated that there is no bad blood between himself and Newcastle, and that he was very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work there.

30 year old striker Mounir El Hamdaoui has left Newcastle to sign for fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers for £1.6 million. The Moroccan striker was signed in the January transfer window of 2012-2013 as a backup forward. He played ten games in that season and scored 1 league goal, but when the transfer window reopened, Newcastle brought in some better targets, meaning El Hamdaoui was overlooked for selection.

Last season, he was loaned out to Serie A side Udinese, where he made ten league appearances, and scored 3 goals. With Udinese making another bid for him when he was transfer listed earlier this week, he decided to sign for QPR, perhaps feeling that he would get more first team opportunities at the smaller club.

João Mário, 21, who joined the club on a free transfer, has been sold to Sky Bet Championship side Millwall for £425k. The youngster was one of many Portuguese youth signings made in the 2012-2013 season. Newcastle never really played him, as he wasn't rated highly by the coaching staff. Newcastle will be delighted with the amount of money they made from the transfer and in a club statement have wished Mário the best of luck in the future.

The final departure is veteran Spanish winger Joaquín, who joins 1. FC Kaiserslautern for £475k. The transfer comes after the player, who was capped 52 times for Spain during his career, was bought by former Magpies chairman Mike Ashley for £2.8 million in 2012/2013.

So a significant loss there, but they will be glad that the player, who played just once for the club, is off their wage bill. He was thought to be on around £82k per week on his contract at Newcastle. He spent the second half of last season on loan at St Mirren, where he made 25 appearances, scoring 5 and creating 7.

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