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Carver: I pick the team at Newcastle

John Carver insists he picks the side at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle head coach John Carver has insisted he would not stand for boardroom intervention in team selection.

Carver, who has been handed the reins at St James' Park until the end of the season, is adamant he and he alone will pick the team amid claims that Rangers boss Kenny McDowall has been told he must play the five loan players the Magpies have sent up to Ibrox on loan.

Asked if he would be happy to be a "yes man", he replied: "Let me tell you, I am definitely not that kind of person.

"The conversations I've had with the club have been honest and frank and straight about the team. Obviously I've got to give my opinions about individuals and I'll give my honest opinion about what I think.

"What I won't have is anybody telling me, for example, what team to pick. 'Should you not pick him ahead of him?' - I won't have that and I won't stand for that. As soon as that situation - If that situation - started to develop, then I would stop it straight away.

German anti-Islam group plan first UK protest in Newcastle

A German group which protests against the perceived "Islamification of the West" is planning its first UK rally at the end of the month.

Last month 25,000 people joined a demonstration in the streets of Dresden in support of Pegida.

upporters of anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) hold flags during a demonstration in Dresden Credit: Reuters

The group, known by its German acronym which translates as Patriotic Europeans Against The Islamisation Of The West, is planning an event in Newcastle on Saturday 28th February.

A Facebook post attributed to the group said: "Pegida UK is holding its first rally in Newcastle. All are welcome to attend. lets show the Islamists we show no fear."

Opponents have plans to hold a counter-demonstration, claiming the group is supported by members of the far right.

Northumbria Police said it had not been contacted by the organisers.

Confusion over Santon's move from Newcastle to Inter

Is Davide Santon's move from Newcastle to Inter Milan dead in the water? PA's Damien Spellman gives us the latest update:

"Santon was closing in on a move to Inter Milan and was undergoing a medical, while confirming his move on Facebook. However, the club said no deal had been agreed and then Santon deleted the post.

"Then the clubs agreed terms, before Santon's partner, Chloe Sanderson, said on Twitter she was 'disgusted' at how Santon had been treated and had been 'pushed out'."

Those tweets have been deleted and the move remains incomplete.


Newcastle in talks over Spanish youngster Concha

David Concha is set for Newcastle, it would seem. Credit: PA

Newcastle United are in talks over signing Racing Santander teenager David Concha, according to Spanish sports daily AS.

The player's parents traveled to the north-east in December to check out the city and watch the derby defeat to Sunderland.

It is expected that the forward will sign a five-year deal with Newcastle, but will likely be loaned back to Racing.

Pardew: Arsenal should name stadium after Wenger

Pardew says Arsenal should rename the Emirates Stadium to honour Wenger. Credit: PA

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says that Arsenal should rename their stadium in honour of their manager Arsene Wenger.

Pardew, whose Newcastle side face Arsenal this weekend, says his counterpart's achievements at the Gunners would warrant such a move.

"The stadium should be named after Arsène. The job he did with that move across from Highbury, when he had all that debt and had to be very careful with his transfer budget, was incredible. It was a miracle that he kept them in the Champions League.”

Pardew also condemned the Arsenal fans that booed Wenger at a train station after the loss to Stoke last weekend.

"The incident at the train station was totally disrespectful,” he added. “I think 90% of Arsenal fans have been ashamed of that and we could get the backlash of it. The crowd on Saturday will want to show how much they love him. After Sir Alex Ferguson he’s the best manager in Premier League history. José Mourinho hasn’t done enough yet.”

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