Steve McClaren is prepared to speak to the press today while Newcastle have been linked with a German striker.
McClaren will hold his pre-match media conference this afternoon at 2pm to preview the game against West Ham United on Monday.
And he looks sure to be asked about the last time he took on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic – the infamous ‘wally in the brolly’ match where England lost 3-2 against Croatia as they failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championships.
That turned out to be McClaren’s last game in charge of England and he’ll be hoping for better fortunes – and weather – on Monday night.
We’ll have all the latest from the press conference here on the Gazette.
It’s a busy day for media interviews on Tyneside today, with Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford holding a press conference at St James’s Park ahead of the Great North Run weekend.
Rutherford, who will appear in the Great North City Games tomorrow, is the great grandson of former Newcastle right-winger Jock Rutherford, who was a star at St James’s in Edwardian times.
Jock Rutherford was also blessed with fleetness of foot. He was known as ‘the Newcastle Flier’ and won a hat-trick of top-flight titles with the Magpies, in 1905, 1907 and 1909, and was also a member of the Newcastle team that won the FA Cup in 1910.
Tyneside-born Jock won 11 caps for England and went on to play for Arsenal in the old First Division – the Premiership of its time – at the age of 41. Lomng jumper Greg – who added the world crown to his list of medals – will be following in his footsteps with a kickabout on the hallowed St James’s turf today.
Elsewhere, Newcastle have been linked with retaining an interest in German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga ahead of a possible January bid.
Graham Carr has scouted the 23-year-old Hamburg star extensively for 18 months, and Newcastle tried to sign him last summer.
The Magpies are keen to add to their striker ranks, though with Aleksandar Mitrovic suspended for Monday, coach Paul Simpson has revealed Ayoze Perez could feature from the start.