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