A select round-up of the latest news relating to Newcastle United…
Newcastle United welcome Stoke City to St James’ Park this afternoon as John Carver looks for his second straight win since being officially appointed as head coach.
Last time out, the Magpies defeated Hull City in emphatic fashion but they will not have things their own way against a resilient and impressive Stoke side.
In early team news, the BBC reports that Siem de Jong is not yet ready to return to the first-team despite recently competing in comeback matches.
Cheick Tiote remains on international duty but there is better news regarding Paul Dummett, who is fit to feature once more.
In other news, Carver has been speaking to Chronicle Live about former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
Pardew came under increased pressure at the club and Carver reflected on reaction to the defeat to Stoke in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
“There’s not a problem with people having their say,” he reflected, “but there’s a time and a place for it and he dealt with it extremely well.”
Pardew has since left St James’ Park and it is now up to Carver to ensure Newcastle build on last weekend’s victory, getting the best out of the likes of Remy Cabella, whose most recent outing suggests he is finally ready to show his new fans just what he is capable of.