Newcastle United news: The defeaning sound of silence in the dressing room, Gouffran hits back

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren’s decision to play Yoan Gouffran has a defensive midfielder in Newcastle United’s last game – the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City – attracted criticism from fans.

But the forward – who was fielded out of position at the Eithad Stadium with Jack Colback injured and Cheick Tiote not fully fit – is adamant he still has a lot to offer the club.

Yoan Gouffran

Yoan Gouffran

Talking of the City defeat, our Newcastle writer Miles Starforth has exposed another concern for the club off the field in his latest column.

Meanwhile, on Wearside moves are afoot to apoint former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce as Dick Advocaat’s successor at Sunderland.

Northern Ireland are also in the news after last night’s historic 3-1 win over Greece.

The result saw them qualify for their first major tournament in 30 years, and the man behind their success is former Newcastle midfielder Michael O’Neill, who has spoken about the achievement.

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce