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Rob Lee: Newcastle loved 'amazing' Pavel Srnicek

Dozens of Pavel Srnicek's former team-mates have paid tribute to the once Newcastle United goalkeeper at a memorial service on Tyneside.

Rob Lee, who played with Srnicek in the 1990s, said "Pavel was an amazing guy" and that his death at the age of 47 is "one of those things you can't explain".

Pavel Srnicek died in his native Czech Republic in December 2015 as a result of a cardiac arrest.

Alan Shearer: Pavel Srnicek 'was great to be around'

Scores of fans, former colleagues and friends joined Pavel Srnicek's family to pay their respects on Tyneside to the former Newcastle United goalkeeper.

The 47-year-old died after suffering a heart attack in his native Czech Republic in December.

Speaking afterward the service at St Andrew's Church in the city centre, Shearer said: "It's not surprising, but it's great to see so many old faces here today. People have come from all over the world, all over the country to be here, and that tells you what a nice, genuine, humble, honest, hard-working professional Pav was. He was great to be around."

Former team-mates Steve Harper, Shay Given, Rob Lee, Lee Clark, Alan Thompson, Scott Sellars, Steve Howey, Darren Peacock, Steve Watson and Brian Kilcline were also in attendance.


McClaren reacts to 'monumental' Newcastle draw

Newcastle snatched a late equaliser to earn a 3-3 draw against Manchester United in an entertaining clash at St James' Park.

The visitors went ahead on nine minutes through a Wayne Rooney penalty following a controversial handball decision against Chancel Mbemba.

Manchester United doubled their lead when winger Jesse Lingard, recalled to the starting XI, converted following a swift counter-attack.

Newcastle reduced the deficit just before half-time as Georginio Wijnaldum swept in a volley following Aleksandar Mitrovic's knockdown. And they equalised with a penalty from Mitrovic when referee Mike Dean ruled Chris Smalling had pulled back the Serbian forward.

Manchester United made it 3-2 when England captain Rooney cracked in a fine strike after Memphis Depay's shot was blocked.

Just when time seemed to be running out, Newcastle snatched a dramatic draw through defender Paul Dummett in the 90th minute.

After the match Newcastle boss Steve McClaren said, "you don't realise what a monumental effort that is, to come back from 2-0 and 3-2, and to perform as we did":

Newcastle United remain in the bottom three, a point adrift of Swansea City.

Steve McClaren 'delighted' to welcome Jonjo Shelvey

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has completed his move to Newcastle after signing a five-and-a-half-year deal.

England's Jonjo Shelvey Credit: PA

The 23-year-old England international put pen to paper for an undisclosed fee understood to be in the region of £12 million after travelling to Tyneside for a medical and talks on Tuesday.

Head coach, Steve McClaren has said he is delighted to welcome Shelvey to Newcastle United.

He has great experience for a young English central midfielder and he is a current England international so I'm certain he will be a great addition to the squad.

He is a player we have admired for some time and we're very pleased that we've now been able to bring him here."

– Steve McClaren

Shelvey is the club's second new signing in 24 hours following the arrival of Henri Saivet from Bordeaux, also on a long-term deal and for a fee understood to amount to around £5 million.


Newcastle United complete signing of Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United have completed the signing of England international midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea City.

The 23 year-old moves to St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee and has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

Credit: Newcastle United

Shelvey began his professional career at Charlton Athletic - making his league debut aged just 16 - before moves to Liverpool and Swansea saw him amass 126 Premier League appearances and earn six full international caps to date.

I'm very excited to be here. I'm so glad that it's finally done. I drove up through the night to be here so it's been a manic 24 hours but it's all been worth it to come here and play for this great club."

– Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United sign midfielder Henri Saivet

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Senegalese international Henri Saivet from Bordeaux.

The 25-year-old central midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal at St. James’ Park, arriving for an undisclosed fee.

Henri Saivet.

Saivet came up through the ranks at Bordeaux, making his first team debut in 2007 at the age of 17.

He went on to make 178 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in all competitions, scoring 23 goals, and featured in both Europa League group games against the Magpies in the 2012/13 campaign.

“I am very happy to be here at Newcastle,” said Saivet.

“I am really proud to be able to play for this Club, and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead.

“St. James’ Park is a really impressive and special stadium. In France there is nothing that compares to this, and I can’t wait to get out there with my new teammates and help the team climb the table.”

“Henri is someone the Club have been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux. This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt.”

– Steve McClaren, head coach, Newcastle United

Guardiola 'great for Premier League', says McClaren

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren believes Pep Guardiola would be a 'terrific addition' to the Premier League.

The Spanish coach last week announced his intention to leave German champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season and manage in England. Speculation has since been rife as to which club will secure Guardiola's signature.

When asked about the prospect of Guardiola managing in the Premier League, McClaren was full of praise for the former Barcelona coach.

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