Louise Taylor on Friday, February 23 2024

How fast breaks have slowed Newcastle’s Premier League progress

Eddie Howe’s risk-taking team last kept a clean sheet in the league in mid-December. Next up: high-flying ArsenalEddie Howe does not look, or behave, like a high-stakes gambler but appearances can deceive. In reality Newcastle’s otherwise rather conservative, invariably measured, manager has constru

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Guardian sport on Friday, February 23 2024

Premier League and Carabao Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

The first major English trophy of the season is up for grabs, a new era begins at Palace and Everton are in a holeForest are in trouble, four points above the relegation zone and with their only win in their past five games coming against West Ham, the league’s current crisis-club. So a visit to Vil

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Jonathan Liew on Tuesday, February 20 2024

Is Dan Ashworth a marquee signing that Dan Ashworth would recommend? | Jonathan Liew

The lines of credit and responsibility in football are unclear, so how can Manchester United put a value on a sporting director?Newcastle United are demanding around £20m from Manchester United for their sporting director, Dan Ashworth. That’s a lot of money, and I wanted to know whether he could po

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Bart Vlietstra in Eindhoven on Tuesday, February 20 2024

PSV’s Luuk de Jong: ‘How could I be a flop when I only played 12 matches?’

Striker on his time at Newcastle, the remarkable 77 league goals scored with his head and facing Dortmund in Champions LeagueLuuk de Jong laughs loudly. The PSV striker has just been told he was included in a Daily Mail list of the 100 worst Premier League strikers – at No 75. His half-season on loa

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Barry Glendenning on Monday, February 19 2024

Football Daily | Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth, a very expensive suit and a pair of secateurs

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!As the days get longer and the temperatures warmer, there’s plenty to be getting on with for those of a green-fingered bent. Vegetable beds need to be prepared, seed potatoes need to be chitted ahead of planting and fruit crops need to be netted to

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Louise Taylor on Monday, February 19 2024

Manchester United baulk at £20m fee for Newcastle director Dan Ashworth

Magpies’ sporting director placed on gardening leave52-year-old currently prevented from taking new job until 2026Dan Ashworth has been placed on gardening leave by Newcastle after finally telling the St James’ Park ­hierarchy he wants to join Manchester United. It seems the starting pistol signalli

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Guardian sport on Monday, February 19 2024

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Erling Haaland had an off-day in front of goal while Liverpool and Arsenal’s attacking units kept firingErling Haaland had nine shots and failed to score a single goal against Chelsea. It will get many people supremely worked up, so they can knock down one of the best strikers in the world. Has Haal

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Saturday, February 17 2024

Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie denies Bournemouth with last-gasp equaliser

Tactical anarchy reigned supreme as, deep in stoppage time, a ghost of Bournemouth past denied Andoni Iraola’s team a first Premier League win of 2024.At 34 Matt Ritchie plays very rarely these days but he retains Eddie Howe’s trust and, after stepping off the substitutes’ bench in the 91st minute,

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Louise Taylor on Friday, February 16 2024

Eddie Howe fears Dan Ashworth could take Newcastle secrets to Old Trafford

Manchester United want to take sporting director Ashworth He is ‘privy to a lot of intelligence and information’, Howe saysEddie Howe is worried Dan Ashworth may furnish Manchester United with inside information about Newcastle United’s transfer plans, key personnel and tactical secrets.The Old Traf

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Louise Taylor on Thursday, February 15 2024

Callum Wilson’s Euro 2024 hopes all but over with striker set for 12-week absence

Injury likely to push Wilson out of Gareth Southgate’s plans31-year-old may have played his final game for NewcastleCallum Wilson’s hopes of earning a place in England’s Euro 2024 squad have been all but extinguished by a pectoral muscle problem that requires surgery.The striker has become the lates

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Jamie Jackson on Wednesday, February 14 2024

Manchester United face battle to lure Dan Ashworth from Newcastle

Club want Ashworth to be head of football at Old TraffordNewcastle sporting director has been happy at St James’Manchester United face a fight to prise Dan Ashworth away from ­Newcastle and make him their new head of football due to his ­loyalty to the Tyneside club, though the 52-year-old is attrac

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Guardian sport on Monday, February 12 2024

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Hammers count the cost, Wilder ditches the maths while Elliott and Sarr are providing the numbers that matterThe academies of Manchester United and Chelsea have a decent reputation for bringing through highly talented and technical players. Anthony Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi both got a taste of P

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Will Unwin at the City Ground on Saturday, February 10 2024

Newcastle’s Bruno Guimarães sinks Nottingham Forest but Nuno cries foul

Newcastle are back to being the great entertainers of the league, their 24 Premier League matches taking in 90 goals, and they know how to write a thriller. There were plenty of plot twists in this victory, aided by a degree of calamity in defence as the hosts conceded two from set pieces and gifted

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Louise Taylor on Friday, February 9 2024

Eddie Howe admits to mistakes made at Newcastle over fitness and injuries

‘We are all in it together,’ says manager with key players outAnthony Gordon now added to list and misses trip to ForestEddie Howe has admitted Newcastle have made “mistakes” this season, most notably in the sphere of injury management, where he accepts players have been “overloaded”.Howe has seen h

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Guardian sport on Friday, February 9 2024

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Manchester City spy the summit, Burnley must be wary of a wounded Liverpool and Luton seek (relative) safetyThe good news for Manchester City is that Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last Sunday and their early kick-off on Saturday means Pep Guardiola’s side have the chance to go top of the Premier

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Oliver Connolly on Tuesday, February 6 2024

Rasmus Højlund’s goalscoring binge offers Manchester United hope

From Tariq Lamptey’s impact to Newcastle’s defensive woes, we hand out honors (and dishonors) from the Premier League weekendDid anyone remind Liverpool to wake up for the top-of-the-table match at the Emirates? Cameras caught Darwin Núñez on the substitutes bench yawning 26 minutes into the game, w

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Guardian sport on Monday, February 5 2024

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal’s creative trio showed their worth while Pascal Gross and Pedro Neto profited from defensive frailtiesThe critics were lining up to skewer “same old Arsenal” as Kai Havertz – No 9 for the day – was denied by Alisson after being sent through on goal. The Gunners had misfired in this same fixt

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Louise Taylor at St James’ Park on Saturday, February 3 2024

Harvey Barnes rescues Newcastle in eight-goal thriller against Luton

Once the dust settled, three things were clear. Luton grace the Premier League and deserve to stay up; Ross Barkley is a thoroughly renascent central midfielder; and games such as this are the reason why England’s top tier makes such a financial killing from overseas television rights.By the end of

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Louise Taylor on Friday, February 2 2024

Wind of change will soon blow at Newcastle but the rebuild must wait | Louise Taylor

January brought minimal change at St James’ Park but Eddie Howe will have little option but to launch a summer revampHigh winds hit the north-east on Thursday night but, once their intensity abated, it became clear they had brought minimal change to Newcastle United.Despite considerable noise about

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Guardian sport on Friday, February 2 2024

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Everton search for their spark, a bitter rivalry resumes on the south coast and a crunch game in north LondonEverton marked the first anniversary of Sean Dyche’s appointment by slipping into the relegation zone on Tuesday. The worrying position belies the undoubted progress that the Everton manager

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