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Eddie Howe linked to NUFC job
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The latest link suggesting Eddie Howe may be in line for the St. James’ Park hot-seat is intriguing.

 

While Howe is a manager with proven Premier League experience, is his stylish brand of passing football what the Magpies need right now?

 

Howe has earned plaudits for his work with Bournemouth as his side managed 5 consecutive seasons in the top division of English football. When taking over in 2008 The Cherries found themselves in the depths of league two and faced dropping out of the Football League after a 17-point deduction.

 

His achievements were acknowledged as he was named Football League Manager Of The Decade back in 2014. He clearly has a track record of success and is no stranger to adversity.

 

However, in the next 7 games Newcastle need to rapidly pick up points against teams including Crystal Palace, Brighton, Brentford, Norwich and Burnley. The outcomes of these matches are far more important than adopting an exciting brand of football if Newcastle are to remain a Premier League side next season.

 

The Mags can’t afford to tread water any longer.

 

Of course there’s a possibility Howe could hit the ground running on Tyneside as he has already worked closely with three members of the current squad: top goalscorer Callum Wilson, hard-working Matt Ritchie and yet to perform Ryan Fraser – never mind the “new manager bounce” he could bring.

 

In his time at Bournemouth, Howe did manage to get the best out of all three players.

Callum Wilson and Eddie How at their time at Bournemouth (credit Callum Wilson Instagram)

 

Wilson received an England call-up in 2018 and managed 61goals from 171 appearances in his 7 year stint at the Cherries. He built up an efficient partnership with Fraser who in the 2018-19 Premier League season produced an impressive 14 assists and 7 goals. In the 2014/15 Championship season, Ritchie netted 15 times and featured in the PFA Team Of The Year.

 

But the fact remains, the current Newcastle squad sits second-bottom in the league, still winless and in desperate need of finding a winning formula before thoughts turn to an influx of new talent in January.

 

For the moment, Howe is just another name in the Newcastle managerial sweepstake and there has been no formal approach made.

 

At the time of writing Steve Bruce remains in post and fans travelling to Crystal Palace on Saturday for the Premier League clash still don’t know who will be in the dugout come 3pm.

 

Toon fans continue to watch and wait.

 

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Meet the British Woman Hoping to End F1’s 46-year Wait For a Female Driver

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The modern sports industry remains a very male dominated field. Historically motorsport especially being one of the most inaccessible to women.

In its entire 72-year history, only two women have ever driven in a Formula 1 grand prix. The last was the pioneer Lella Lombardi, the Italian who competed in 12 races between 1974 and 1976 for teams including Williams.

Now, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick is aiming to end the 46-year wait for a woman to sit behind the wheel of a car on the starting grid at the very top level of racing.

The 23-year-old from Bath, is the most prominent woman in world the world of motorsport thanks to the strong results she has earned in the early stages of her career across multiple categories.

Chadwick is about to embark on her third season in W Series, an all-female racing championship launched in 2019 which aims to ensure more women are able to make professional careers out of motor racing.

The aim means that, in conjunction with the heated rivalry that understandably comes with battling for the championship on track, the athletes competing in W Series feel they share a common goal to help one another improve and make overall progress for women in motorsport too. Chadwick has won the title in both of W Series’ first two campaigns.

Speaking to Metro she said:  ‘Everyone expects us not to get on [because we are rivals] but we really, genuinely do. The big reason in my opinion is that we’ve all been through such a similar experience in the sport individually. We can share those experiences with each other and push each other to bring one another on, and hopefully leave the sport in a better place for the next generation coming through.’

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Newcastle co-owner says Chelsea’s Abramovich having to sell isn’t fair

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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley “doesnt think its particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich is selling following the Russia-Ukraine war.

The businessman announced he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” in a statement on the Premier League club’s website.

There has been calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, as Chris Bryant alleges leaked Home Office document from 2019 shows he had links to Russian state as well as to “corrupt activity and practices” – the Guardian reports.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Staveley said: “We’re always going to have geopolitical issues.

I’m really sad that someone is going to have a football club taken away because of a relationship he may have with someone.

“I don’t think that’s particularly fair to be honest. But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account.”

In his statement, Abramovich said: “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process.”

Abramovich has said that he won’t be asking for loans to be repaid.

He added: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

The businessman bought Chelsea back in 2003 for £140m, and has since loaned the club over £1.5bn.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has told Swiss newspaper Blick that he has the chance to buy Chelsea.

However he says that at the moment Abramovich is “asking far too much.”

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Russia’s captain Aleksandr Golovin speaks out on Russian invasion

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Russia’s football captain Aleksandr Golovin has spoke out about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a post uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, the footballer said he hadn’t before now because he wasn’t an expert in politics.

However, he said he would now express his opinion, because he has been drawn to this topic from “all sides.”

It follows furious backlash from Ukrainian players Vitalii Mykolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko about Russian players staying quiet about the invasion of Ukraine.

The captain wrote: “War is a frightful thing. But I am shocked by human aggression and hatred, which every day acquires some sort of unprecedented scale.

“I am against discrimination based on nationality. I’m not ashamed that I’m Russian. I am proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes should suffer now.”

He continued he was “against double standards.”

Golovin added: “Why is it that one can do everything, but all the dogs are hanged on us. Why has everyone always shouted about sports outside of politics, but at the first opportunity, when it comes to Russia, this principle is completely forgotten?”

He expressed that “anger, dirt and bile” is being poured on Russian people, “regardless of their position and profession.”

The Zenit St Petersburg forward concluded: “P.S. And to some colleagues in the workshop who sit on their ass in mansions in England and say nasty things: it cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!”

On Tuesday in an Instagram post, Everton’s Mykolenko criticised Russia’s international players for remaining silent whilst “peaceful civilians are being killed in Ukraine.”

The 22-year-old wrote: “You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m glad.”

West Ham’s Yarmolenko also hit out at Russian players on Tuesday.

In a video uploaded to Instagram, he said: “Guys, why are you sitting like shitheads and not saying anything? In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.”

Russia has been suspended from all competition, Fifa and Uefa have ruled.

 

 

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