Newcastle United caretaker John Carver has confirmed that several of the club's injured players could soon return to action.
Summer signing Siem De Jong is among them. The Dutchman has been out with a thigh injury since September but he resumed training this week.
As questions continue as to who is going to be the next head coach at Newcastle we look at some of the likely candidates and outside picks.Read the full story ›
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Alan Pardew has spoken out after leaving Newcastle last week.Read the full story ›
Alan Pardew has revealed the reasons why he left Newcastle United for Crystal Palace.
Pardew was announced as the new Palace boss last week and gave his first press conference to the media this afternoon. He said:
I think for me personally and professionally it was the right time and I think it's the right time for Newcastle too if I'm honest.
It was my decision. Steve Parish [Crystal Palace Chairman] met the clause in my contract, therefore I had a decision to make and I just thought it was the right decision for me... But also for Newcastle because I think four years under that type of monetary situation and the fact that they're trying to push and the history and everything else, is difficult for the manager.
Pardew also denied that his departure had been fuelled by rumours that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was considering selling the club. He said:
Mike never suggested that. That was never in the format. It was a simple equation really. Crystal Palace wanted me as their manager. They met the clause in my contract. Newcastle told me that it had been met and quite simply I had a choice of whether to stay or go.
Newcastle United caretaker John Carver believes whoever gets appointed as the club's new Head Coach 'won't get involved' with transfer dealings.
The Magpies are still searching for a replacement for Alan Pardew, although the club announced last week that the role will now be 'Head Coach' and not 'Manager'.
Speaking ahead of Newcastle's Premier League clash with Chelsea this weekend, Carver said:
Whoever the manager is, won't get involved in that situation I don't think.
Whoever's coming in is going to be the Head Coach and the Head Coach's responsibility is to look after the team and make sure that the team is prepared for the next game.
Alan Pardew has been speaking out about his departure from Newcastle.Read the full story ›
Steve McClaren remains the odds on favourite to be the next Newcastle manager despite reports that he has ruled himself out.Read the full story ›
Newcastle expect to complete the process of identifying potential replacements for Alan Pardew within the next 48 hours, with ex-England chief Glenn Hoddle in the running for the job.
It's understood a list of around 10 potential candidates is being drawn up ahead of discussions early next week.
Sources on Tyneside insist that no-one has yet been approached and certainly no offers have been made.
However, it is understood that among the names which will be considered at this early stage are St Etienne's Christophe Galtier, former Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel, Derby's Steve McClaren, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe as well as ex-England chief Glenn Hoddle.
Galtier has already indicated that he will not walk out on his current employers this season, while Tuchel is currently taking a sabbatical and McClaren, who signed a new three-year deal last summer, has distanced himself from the vacancy.