Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 🗣️ Danny Murphy: “Newcastle are well-supported but they are NOT a big club.”🗣️ @BroadcastMoose: ‘They get 52,000 fans but what else is there to do in Newcastle!?’It’s a question that has been asked over and over again… Are #NUFC a big club? 🤔[📻 @JimWhite] pic.twitter.com/LaCLBRPXOr— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 24, 2018He said: “Newcastle, since I’ve been born, have won NOTHING – not a thing!“Since colour television was invented… zilch!“Jim said ‘they’re a big club, they get 50,000 people [at matches]’, but what else is there to do in Newcastle?“Some smart alec sent me a review from TripAdvisor about what there is to do in Newcastle. I looked at it; I think there’s one art gallery and a few parks to walk around.“‘Whoopee! I won’t go to the football and I’ll walk round the park’.“Sorry, I stick with what I said: yes, they get a lot of people through the gate – I’m not denying that – but that doesn’t make you a big club. Just because you get 52,000 people through the gate when there’s practically nothing else to do on a Saturday afternoon!” gameday cracker Jeff Stelling’s passionate rant about the city of Newcastle is SUPERB! 😆⚫⚪ pic.twitter.com/09e1gzV81s— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) September 30, 2018 Most read in Premier League Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed Thank you to the people of Newcastle today. I’ve been shown warmth and stopped several times for selfies. Having been around the City today, I was wrong and apologise for what I said about your home. The video of today will be on @talksport early next week pic.twitter.com/EpLH2sNJ8U— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) September 28, 2018“Never have been to the Racecourse.“He’ll never have strode along the Quayside in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge.“I doubt that he has ever visited the Baltic gallery.“He probably doesn’t know that Greggs opened their first ever branch in Newcastle in 1951.“He’s never had a Newkie Brown.“And he’s never had a stottie cake…actually, he has probably eaten a stottie cake, quite a lot of them in truth.“It is a wonderful city with loads to do and loads to eat and loads to drink and don’t believe what you hear on the radio.“Trust me.” SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Moose came back on air later in the week to apologise for his comments, having been roundly abused by a host of Geordies, and a famous face from just down the road has joined in the criticism of the talkSPORT reporter.Jeff Stelling, who was born in Hartlepool, 30 miles away from Newcastle, called out Moose in his regular role as host of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday.“You may have also seen this week that a radio reporter said that the only reason Newcastle get 52,000 is because there is nothing else to do in the city,” Stelling started.“Now this is not a rant but….“He has probably never been to St James Park.“He has probably never had a night out in the Bigg Market.“He has probably never eaten at any of the wonderful restaurants.“He has never appreciated the marvellous architecture of Grey Street.“He’ll never have been to the Theatre Royal. predicted REVEALED silverware changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? tense Seems I upset my good friend Jeff Stelling this week https://t.co/ybwJGJB7BG pic.twitter.com/b69qeEhIlh— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) September 29, 2018 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams managed to criticise both Newcastle United and the city of Newcastle in a rant earlier this week.Joining the Jim White show on air to discuss the question of whether the Magpies are a big club, Moose insulted the entire population of Tyneside in a few short sentences.
After seeing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp question the merits of the Nations League, Dejan Lovren has done likewise after branding the competition “ridiculous”.In an effort to cut down on the number of meaningless friendlies played outside of major tournament qualification, UEFA has made a new addition to the international calendar .Nations League fixtures are intended to help guide certain nations towards European Championships, with groups determined by a result-based ranking system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! This is intended to ensure that countries of a similar standing play each other and games have more riding on them in a format which involves promotion and relegation.The concept is, however, considered to be confusing and has not received universal support, with Croatia international Lovren among those left questioning how competitive the matches really are.He said ahead of a meeting with England on Friday: “I agree with Klopp, the Nations League is a ridiculous competition.“There is no sense in playing these games. It’s not a real competition that you have to win.“You can call these games whatever you want, but the fact is they are friendly games!”Klopp has previously hit out at the introduction of a competition which has put international managers under more pressure to name strong squads during periods of a domestic campaign in which certain players may require a rest.He said ahead of the latest break: “Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world.“We have to start thinking about the players. You have to call the manager of any country and say can you leave players out and he says I am under pressure as well.”Croatia and England both find themselves under pressure heading into a meeting in Rijeka.Both sides have tasted defeat to Spain in their respective Nations League openers, with World Cup finalists Croatia hammered 6-0 back in September .They will be unable to call upon the backing of a vociferous home support in their meeting with the Three Lions as the game is set to be played behind closed doors – with UEFA having taken action against supports that marked a swastika onto the pitch ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.Lovren has told The Mirror of that situation: “It will be a strange game without a crowd. We are not used to it — maybe even more England.“It’s a shame because it’s a beautiful, small stadium and it will be a tough game.“I know England will search for revenge [following defeat in the World Cup semi-finals]. But it is what it is, it’s not our fault, it’s the fault of some stupid people who did some stupid things on the pitch and I hope it’s the last time it happens. It will be different.“I think it’s unfair to punish the fans like this because these fans here probably weren’t in the stadium when this happened. But I guess they had to punish us.”