Newcastle United Wednesday Quick Links

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Steven Taylor (L) and Tim Krul (R) of Newcastle United celebrate their sides 2-1 victory at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on November 5, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Newcastle United)

A quick run through the news this morning hasn't yielded very much, really, but here are a few links to start you on your way this morning.  Be looking for the CHN 5 points preview of the Manchester City match around 6:00 GMT tomorrow morning.  I've tried to embrace my fear of the numbers... we'll see how it goes!  Anyway, a quick link dump follows the jump!

Simpson brushes off stadium controversy | Newcastle United - EatSleepSport

Predictably, at least publicly, the squad is taking a page from the honey badger.

Football premier-league: Exclusive - Pardew: 'Steven Taylor could walk into the England team' | Radio talkSPORT

“He’s super confident, but not in a brash way. He has good belief and the key thing is he’s not embarrassed by pace, and at international level that is the key element you need at the back, more so than height and aerial power.

Martin Samuel: Alan Pardew's coronation must wait | Mail Online

Magazine: talkSPORT Transfer Spotlight: Newcastle target Alain Traore - stats, facts and video highlights | Radio talkSPORT

Don't know much about transfer target Armand Traore?  Here is your quick Users' Guide.

Cabaye proves fitness for France | Newcastle United - EatSleepSport

Good news here... Cabaye should be ready for City.  Now if we can just have Tiote ready as well, we'll have as good a chance as we're going to have on Saturday.

Senegal v Ivory Coast friendly called off - SuperSport - Football

This definitely helps.  Cheik now has this whole last week of the International Break to rest and train.  I believe we're really going to want his particular skill set this weekend, no offense to Danny Guthrie.

Ferguson: I won't switch to Republic - International, Football -

This was out there a little while ago... some kind-of conclusion, although we are still talking about youth-level representation which is non-binding, of course.

Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote hoping to make weekend injury comeback against Manchester City -

Please let this happen.  

I'll check through the links a little more this evening.  Also, if you're available and up for a search, the Reserves are taking on the Scum tonight (k/o 1:00 US Central time, 7:00 GMT).  Howay the lads!

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