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FC Bruges v Newcastle: Cheick Tiote on best behaviour

Tiote vows to be on best behaviour ahead of Toon's Europa clash with Bruges

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 7 November 2012

Newcastle enforcer Cheick Tiote is ready to unleash his pent up frustrations on FC Bruges but has promised to be on his best behaviour.

The Ivory Coast midfielder is still serving a three-match Premier League for his derby day dismissal and is using his team's Europa League adventure for valuable game time.

Tiote returns to the Newcastle side along with captain Fabricio Coloccini, who will starts three-match on Sunday following his sending-off at Liverpool.

He is hoping to play a key role in securing Newcastle's place in the knock-out stages. If they win in Belgium tonight, and Maritimo lose in Bordeaux, Newcastle will have qualified from Group D with two games remaining.

Cheick mate: Tiote will return to the Newcastle team to face Club Brugge

Cheick mate: Tiote will return to the Newcastle team to face Club Brugge

How Newcastle will line up

Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson, S.Taylor, Ferguson; Tiote, Bigiramana, Anita; Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Central midfielder Tiote was out of
sorts for the first meeting between these sides a fortnight ago, when,
he confessed, he was still overcoming the red card at the Stadium of
Light which turned the derby in Sunderland's favour.

Tiote, has been booked 30 times in 60
games and it was his second dismissal but he has admitted he cannot
promise to change the way he plays.

'I didn't need the manager to talk to
me about my disciplinary record,' he said. 'I know that I have picked
up too many yellow cards and that I have to be careful but it is my
style and I cannot change.

'I need to be a lot more careful over
some of the bookings that I pick up but I will not change my style of
play. It will get better – it will get better.

'I have to forget about the sending
off in the derby but that is difficult. Of course it hurt but it's over
and I have to concentrate on how I can help the team moving forward. Now
we have to qualify and I think we can reach the final of this
competition.'

Newcastle boss Pardew is hoping to
reap the benefit of the two domestic suspensions when Newcastle face
managerless Brugge in the Jan Breydel Stadium.

Coloccini and Tiote are driving
forces in the Newcastle side which is looking to replicate last season's
European finish and they will be sorely missed in the Premier League.

Early bath: Coloccini will serve a three-match ban after he was sent off

Early bath: Coloccini will serve a three-match ban after he was sent off

But Pardew admitted: 'Cheick looked
really bright this morning. It's a Godsend for him to miss those league
games, but have these to focus on, and you could see a difference.

'He was the best player in training
today and the extra rest from not playing at the weekend, that will be a
bonus for us. Now Colo comes into that category, so that's been a kind
of welcome bonus.'

A win in Belgium, and defeat for
Maritimo in France will put Newcastle into the next stage of the
competition but Pardew is predicting a difficult night for his team.

FC Bruges have not won in six, and
sacked their coach George Leekens at the weekend, and also have their
eyes on a weekend fixture with champions Anderlecht. Reserve team
manager Georges Clement is likely to be in charge for both games,
although Brugge have been in talks with former Villarreal coach Juan
Carlos Garrido.

Pardew said: 'I am sad to see the manager go because I really admired him. He has been a fantastic manager.

'It's a two-edged sword. Their
players will be highly-motivated to prove to the stand-in manager and
the manager who may be coming in – who may be in the stands tomorrow,
you never know with these type of things, and players who are certainly
aware of that will have a renewed energy.

'But the tactical brain not being on the sideline, hopefully might be advantage because Leekens is a tremendous manager.

'We felt the power of Bruges when
they came to our place – they are a good side – and he gave us some
problems, so I am sad to see him go and in some ways, I am glad he is
not on the bench.

'We feel we are in a good space. We have had a good couple of weeks and the group is looking forward to another good game.

'It's about growing as a club. The
more games we can play, the more we are going to grow. European games
are a little bit different and we seem to have taken to it ok. We look
forward to progressing and gaining experience. We are entering it with a
smile and trying to take that into every game.

'I would be surprised if we secured
qualification tomorrow. Winning here is a tough game for us. We will
enter it to win it, but I think it will be tough. It would certainly be
welcome because we have got some tough games coming up.

'Every game is massive for the
younger players, they have to grab it, and there are one or two tomorrow
who will get an opportunity who haven't shone this year, and they need
to because there is real competition for the bench now.

'I look round at that bench and in
all honesty, there's not a lot of difference between the bench and the
team that's starting, so it's a great position for me.'

Alan Pardew set to start Shola and Sammy Ameobi for Newcastle

Newcastle boss Pardew calls in SAS to deal with Belgian dangermen

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UPDATED:

21:39 GMT, 24 October 2012

Alan Pardew will create history by calling on the SAS to power Newcastle United a step closer to the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

Shola Ameobi and his brother Sammy are being lined up to start together for the first time in the Magpies' Group D fixture with Belgium league leaders Club Brugge at St James' Park.

If Newcastle can make it nine points from nine at the half way stage then they will already be within touch of securing a place in the next round.

Brothers in arms: Shola Ameobi and his brother Sammy are set to start together for Newcastle

Brothers in arms: Shola Ameobi and his brother Sammy are set to start together for Newcastle

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Newcastle (4-4-2): Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson; Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Sa Ameobi; Sh Ameobi, Cisse.

Club Brugges (4-4-2): Jorgacevic; Hoefkens, Figueras, Engels, Buysse; Blondel, Vazquez, Odjidja-Ofoe, Lestienne; Vleminckx, Bacca.

The Ameobis – who have played together a number of times – have never been in the starting line-up since Sammy, 20, emerged on to the first team stage at Chelsea in May last year when he came off the bench.

Shola, 30, said: 'My parents have mentioned it in the past, and I'm sure seeing both of us on the pitch at the same time will bring them tremendous pleasure. It's no different for me.

'There's nearly 11 years between us, so when we were growing up, I think he was maybe a little bit intimidated by me, which is normal. He's trying to go through what I've been through.

Chance: Sammy Ameobi looks set to start for Newcastle

Chance: Sammy Ameobi looks set to start for Newcastle

'But we've got a great relationship now.
I'm sure he's well aware of how hard it's going to be, and what he has
to put in to make it to the very top. But I want to see him surpass
anything I've ever done in this game.'

It will be the first time two brothers have started for Newcastle in major European competition – although George and Ted Robledo did play together in the league in 1952 while Richie and Matty Appleby played in an Anglo-Italian Cup tie 40 years later.

Key midfielder Cheick Tiote is set to face Brugge just days after he was sent off in the Wear-Tyne derby draw at Sunderland, but skipper Fabricio Coloccini will not be risked with calf trouble.

It was the second red card of Tiote's Newcastle career and he has also racked up 27 cautions from his 54 matches since joining from Twente.

And Newcastle boss Pardew said: 'I spoke to Cheick about his disciplinary record and his responsibility to Newcastle. I think he responded well to that.

'Yes he will play and the next Europa League game too because we need to keep him up to speed. This is a lifeline for him because he can't play in the league.'

Shola and Sammy Ameobi hoping to make history at Newcastle v Club Brugge

Ameobis hope to be Toon brothers in arms as Shola tips Sammy to reach the very top

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UPDATED:

16:25 GMT, 24 October 2012

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is backing younger brother Sammy to surpass him as the pair prepare to launch a double assault on Europe.

The Ameobis would become the third pair of siblings to start a senior competitive game for the Magpies if manager Alan Pardew gives them the nod against Club Brugge at St James' Park on Thursday evening after George and Ted Robledo in the 1950s and Matty and Richard Appleby four decades later.

Striker Shola, now 31, broke into the first-team squad under Sir Bobby Robson as a teenager and now midfielder Sammy, almost 11 years his junior, is attempting to do the same. However, the older brother is convinced the younger has a massive future in the game.

Plenty to smile about: Sammy Ameobi has been tipped for great things by his brother, Shola

Plenty to smile about: Sammy Ameobi has been tipped for great things by his brother, Shola

Shola said: 'There's nearly 11 years between us, so when we were growing up, I think he was maybe a little bit intimidated by me, which is normal.

'He's trying to go through what I've been through. But we have got a great relationship now.

Proud brother: Shola Ameobi in training

Proud brother: Shola Ameobi shoots in training

'I feel that as a big brother, I have to make sure he's on the right track all the time. I know my parents expect that of me, and it's something I'm conscious about doing.

'I'm sure he's well aware of how hard it's going to be and what he has to put in to make it to the very top.

'But I want to see him surpass anything I've ever done in this game and I know he has the ability to do that. He can do that, without a shadow of a doubt.'

Ameobi senior, who unlike his brother, was born in Nigeria, but raised on Tyneside, has had to deal with injuries and the pressure of being the local boy during his rise from promising starlet to senior frontman.

The wisdom gained during that, at times, difficult journey has served him well over the years, and he is hoping he can pass that on to Sammy as he attempts to negotiate a similar path.

Shola said: 'I don't coach him because I don't profess to be a coach, but I try to explain to him what I've been through.

'I try to tell him about the mistakes I've made along the way – which are a few – and try to help him not to repeat them.

Just warming up: Hatem Ben Arfa (centre) in action during training at Little Benton

Just warming up: Hatem Ben Arfa (centre) in action during training at a chilly Little Benton

'I just try to give him encouragement
because that's important in this game. You need people to tell you when
you're doing things right, as well as when you're not. I try to be a big brother to him and help him in that way.'

Pardew has confirmed that the younger Ameobi will start, along with Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson and midfielder Cheick Tiote, who will spend much of the next month kicking his heels after being sent off in Sunday's 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland.

Pardew said: 'They are two players, I think, who can effect the first-team at this football club and take us forward as a club.

'It is a big game for them and they are training very, very well. We hope to see some fine performances from those two in particular tomorrow.'

Skipper Fabricio Coloccini, who made a stunning return from injury at the Stadium of Light before succumbing to cramp in both calves 10 minutes from time, will not figure as Pardew keeps one eye on Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture against West Brom.

Newcastle are yet to concede a goal in four games in Europe and currently sit a point clear at the top of Group D, although the manager is expecting a tough test from a Brugge side which had not lost in the Pro-League until Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Leuven.

He said: 'We have to respect that Brugge are top of the league. We did that with Bordeaux and put a team out that was very strong, and the same will go for Brugge.'

Newcastle fans celebrate as St James" Park sign is restored

Out with the new and in with the old! Toon fans pop their corks as St James' Park sign is restored to Newcastle's famous home

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UPDATED:

14:34 GMT, 17 October 2012

Newcastle fans celebrated in style outside St James' Park after finally being allowed to call the famous old stadium by it's original name once again.

Members of the Toon Army knocked back the champagne as the Sports Direct signs were taken away and the old name was officially unveiled.

There was outrage when the club announced a sponsorship deal with owner Mike Ashley's sportswear retailer last season which included the naming rights to the stadium to end 119 years of history in the city.

Let's get fizzy-cal: Newcastle supporters celebrate the stadium name changing back to St James' Park

Let's get fizzy-cal: Newcastle supporters celebrate the stadium name changing back to St James' Park

But the Magpies have now signed a 32million shirt and stadium sponsorship deal with short-term loans company Wonga.com for the next four years.

It does does kick in until next season but the club moved quickly to get their name back and a few fans were there to mark the occasion.

The rest of the Magpies faithful, most of whom refused to acknowledge the change to the Sports Direct Arena, will be able to celebrate this victory at next home game, in the Europa League against Club Brugge.

The boss: Magpies manager Alan Pardew said last week he welcomed the change back to St James' Park

The boss: Magpies manager Alan Pardew said last week he welcomed the change back to St James' Park

So everything's good again on Tyneside Not quite. Supporters are furious with plans to have Wonga emblazoned on the front of the famous black and white stripes.

The company, already sponsors of Championship club Blackpool and top Scottish side Hearts, have been labelled a 'legal loan shark company' for offering short-term loans at an APR of 4,214 per cent.

Fan-tastic: Newcastle supporter Ian Davison was a happy man outside St James' Park

Fan-tastic: Newcastle supporter Ian Davison was a happy man outside St James' Park

Sports Direct signs torn down at St James" Park, Newcastle

Newcastle fans rejoice as Sports Direct signs are ripped down from St James' Park

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 15 October 2012

To the joy of Newcastle fans around the world, the club have begun the process of tearing down the Sports Direct signs to return the club's historic name: St James' Park.

There was outrage when the club announced a sponsorship deal with the sportswear retailer which included the naming rights to the stadium to end 119-years of history in the city.

And anger directed at Mike Ashley – owner of both club and retail giant – in a move the fans regarded as running roughshod over the iconic heart of the city.

Good riddance: Newcastle fans will be pleased to see the back of these signs

Good riddance: Newcastle fans will be pleased to see the back of these signs

Controversial new sponsors Wonga.com have recently signed a 32million four-year shirt and stadium sponsorship deal.

The deal does not start until next season, but the club have immediately pulled down the Sports Direct signs and restore the St James’ Park name.

The original lettering is due to be restored for Newcastle’s next home game, in the Europa League against Club Brugge. The move is a victory for supporters who have refused to acknowledge the change to the Sports Direct Arena.

However, Toon army are furious with plans to have the short-term loans company's name emblazoned on the front of the famous black and white stripes

And one local MP has threatened to boycott the Wonga Arena if Ashley renames the stadium for a second time as part of a three-year deal worth a reported 8m a year.

The controversial company, already sponsors of Championship club Blackpool and top Scottish side Hearts, have been labelled a 'legal loan shark company' for offering short-term loans at an APR of 4,214 per cent.

Controversy: Many fans have expressed unease at new sponsors Wonga

Controversy: Many fans have expressed unease at new sponsors Wonga

But Newcastle boss Alan Pardew told Sky Sports News he was thrilled with the decision to revert back to the original name last week

He said: 'I'm a romantic, so the stadium change last year hurt me and hurt our team. It's one of those business decision that you can't get your head around at times as a football person.

'I made a point of saying that the same sign should go up, not a new one, the same sign, 'St James' Park', and I'm absolutely overjoyed with that.'

Europa League round-up: Tim Matavz scored twice for PSV Eindhoven

Europa League round-up: Matavz brace sends PSV through as Udinese overcome Greek test

Tim Matavz scored twice as Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven blazed into the last 16 of the Europa League by wrapping up a 6-2 aggregate victory over Trabzonspor.

Matavz's brace helped PSV to a 4-1 second-leg win at the Philips Stadion. The result was a formality by half-time, with the hosts 3-1 up and the Turkish side reduced to 10 men following the sending-off of goalkeeper Tolga Zengin.

The visitors started with hope after a narrow 2-1 loss in Turkey but a 15th-minute Dries Mertens penalty extended PSV's advantage and Matavz and Kevin Strootman extended PSV's lead before Burak Yilmaz pulled one back.

Easy does it: Tim Matavz scored twice for PSV Eindhoven

Easy does it: Tim Matavz scored twice for PSV Eindhoven

Zengin was sent off one minute before the break for handling the ball outside his area and Matavz rounded off a fine display by the Dutch team when he scored his side's fourth and final goal seven minutes after the break.

PSV will face Valencia in the last 16 after Los Che also made it through at the expense of Premier League Stoke.

A 24th-minute goal from Jonas gave the Spanish side a 1-0 win on the night at the Mestalla and a 2-0 aggregate success.

In it goes: Matavz scores for PSV

In it goes: Matavz scores for PSV

Udinese shrugged off the disappointment of a goalless first leg in Italy to hammer PAOK Salonika 3-0 in Greece. Danilo opened the scoring after six minutes and Antonio Floro Flores and Maurizio Domizzi sealed an emphatic victory.

Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal as Hannover won 1-0 in Belgium to complete a 3-1 aggregate triumph over Club Brugge.

Nacer Chadli's 29th-minute effort earned FC Twente a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest for a 2-0 aggregate victory, while a goalless draw was good enough for Standard Liege to squeeze past Wisla Krakow 1-1 on aggregate on the away goals rule.

On the scoresheet: Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal of the game for Hannover against Club Brugge

On the scoresheet: Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal of the game for Hannover against Club Brugge

Athletic Bilbao beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 to also advance on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate score. Iker Muniain scored the crucial goal two minutes after Fernando Amorebieta's 60th-minute sending-off.

Last year's runners-up Braga were knocked out despite a brave bid to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit. The Portuguese side beat Besiktas 1-0 in Turkey through an early strike by Rodrigo Lima, but lost out 2-1 on aggregate.

Atletico Madrid eased home against Lazio with a 1-0 win on the night giving them a 4-1 aggregate success. Diego Godin scored the only goal early in the second half at the Estadio Vicente.

Ukrainians Metalist Kharkiv completed an emphatic 8-1 aggregate win over Salzburg with a 4-1 win in Kharkiv, while Greek side Olympiacos rounded off a 2-0 aggregate win over Rubin Kazan with a 1-0 second leg win.

Hat-trick hero: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar got three goals for Schalke against FC Viktoria Plzen

Hat-trick hero: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar got three goals for Schalke against FC Viktoria Plzen

Matias Fernandez scored a late winner for Sporting Lisbon against Polish side Legia Warsaw, which was enough to see the Portuguese side 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-0 win on the night.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick including two goals in extra-time as Schalke nudged past Viktoria Plzen 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

Huntelaar had opened the scoring in the seventh minute but Frantisek Rajtoral struck an 88th-minute equaliser for Plzen despite the sending-off of Marek Bakos on the hour.

However, Schalke dominated extra-time and they were rewarded with Huntelaar putting them ahead in the second half before he sealed victory on the stroke of full-time.