Wonga meets NUFC fans

As sponsorship deals go, this one has been as controversial as they come. Kenny Toal looks at the Wonga story.

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NUFC: Pardew reacts to criticism

A minority of Newcastle United supporters were calling for the Manager's head last weekend.

Alan Pardew came under fire as his team lost at Stoke, continuing a dismal sequence of premier league results.

The Magpies boss has had a few days to reflect on the fans anger and today he responded to criticism aimed at him and his team.

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The teachers:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined NUFC on January 22, 2013 Credit: ITV

Mapou Yanga-Mbwia:

Born: May 15, 1989 in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Nationality: French.

Position: Defence, centre back.

Career: Captained Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title in 2012. Three appearances for the France national team. Joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, signing a five and a half year deal on January 22, 2013. He made his debut as a substitute during the club's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Mathieu Debuchy joined NUFC on January 4, 2013 Credit: ITV

Mathieu Debuchy:

Born: July 28, 1985 in Fretin, France.

Nationality: French.

Position: Defender, right back.

Career: Began his career at French club Lille before joining Newcastle United on a five and a half year deal on January 4, 2013, for a fee of around £5.5 million. He made his debut against Norwich on January 12. Capped by France 19 times.

Newcastle United players give French lessons in schools

Newcastle United has a reputation for welcoming French football players. Today, two of them will be hoping to repay the favour.

Defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy are giving a French language lesson at the Newcastle School for Boys.

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Last season, fans embraced red, white and blue along with black and white - even the famous Strawberry pub was renamed La Fraise Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport
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