A round-up of news and views relating to Newcastle United.
Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara has said that he is baffled as to how Callum McManaman has escaped punishment for the tackle that he felt could have ended his career:
“I don't understand. His tackle could have ended my career and ruined my life but in the end he will play football before me. We have to protect the players. I don't want to change the physical mentality, pace and commitment of football in England but we can't tolerate tackles like this in football.”
Newcastle are reportedly now unlikely to sue McMananan for the tackle, but are going to lobby the FA for a change in the rules regarding retrospective action for dangerous play. Under the current system, the FA could not punish the Wigan player because an official had seen the initial incident.
Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi also thinks a rule change should be considered, and on HITC Jenny Leigh suggests that the FA are more culpable than McManaman in the incident.
Jonas Gutierrez has said that he expects to see Fabricio Coloccini play for Newcastle again this season. There have been suggestions that Coloccini had already played his last game for the club after returning to Argentina to recuperate following his back injury.
After earning a call-up to the England squad for the match against San Marino, Steven Taylor has said he was overlooked by Fabio Capello partly because the Italian though he was a midfielder:
“The gaffer went to some event and Capello was there and he said: 'You should come up and see Taylor'. And Capello said: 'I'm all right for midfielders'. That did a lot for my confidence, it was almost back to the feeling I had when we got relegated."
On HITC this week we argue that Taylor’s call up is long overdue, and Lewis Doe looks at how the centre back can secure a long-term place in the squad.
Davide Santon has said that although he is happy at Newcastle, he would have to consider a move if AC Milan made an offer. Santon was a Milan fan growing up, and the Rossoneri are rumoured to have made their interest in the player known during the January transfer window.
Steve Harper is set to leave Newcastle this summer after 20 years at the club. The veteran keeper has made almost 200 appearances for the Magpies in that time, but will not be offered a new deal. Having already gained some coaching qualifications Harper is expected to go into management at some stage, but will focus on extending his playing career for now.
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