Newcastle United news: Winger nets award, former midfielder SACKED & loan man's message to fans

Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy has been named Sheffield Wednesday’s fan player of the month for February.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Jacob Murphy of Cardiff City scores his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City at John Smith's Stadium on February 12, 2020 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Jacob Murphy of Cardiff City scores his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City at John Smith's Stadium on February 12, 2020 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

After a patchy start the 25-year-old has produced a “string of consistent displays… down the right flank”, according to the Wednesday official website.

And, as a result, topped a fan poll, ahead of Josh Windass and former Newcastle target Fernando Forestieri in the vote. Murphy polled 36% of the vote.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle United men Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson have been sacked by National League North outfit Blyth Spartans.

A club statement confirming the news reads: “It is with regret that Blyth Spartans announce that manager Lee Clark and assistant Paul Stephenson have left the club by mutual consent.

“We would like to thank Lee and Paul for all their efforts and professionalism during their time at the club.

“Michael Nelson will take charge of team affairs for the remainder of this season.”

Nelson is a former Hartlepool United defender.

Elsewhere, Valentino Lazaro marked his first goal in his FA Cup debut with a special message to United fans.

The on-loan Inter Milan winger posed in front of more than 5,000 travelling fans at the Hawthorns following the 3-2 FA Cup fifth round win.

Posting to his Instagram account, Lazaro said: “It is Valentino, right after the game. I want to thank you all for coming out today. I hope that you are satisfied that we won. Now let’s celebrate.”