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<strike>Barry Pepper</strike> Peter Lovenkrands of Newcastle scores the opening goal during the match between Birmingham City and Newcastle United.
Barry Pepper Peter Lovenkrands of Newcastle scores the opening goal during the match between Birmingham City and Newcastle United.

Good evening, Toon Army.  Here is an amalgam of non-Tiote related news for your match eve enjoyment.

Cheik Tiote wasn't the only one to get a new contract: New-old assistant manager John Carver, who was Bobby Robson's #2, signed a 5 and a half year deal. (The Guardian)

Yahoo! has an injury update ahead of tomorrow's match.  Alan Pardew will reportedly make a "late decision" on whether to play Peter LovenkrandsSteven Taylor spoke with Lee Ryder of The Chronicle about being fit and his desire to be selected tomorrow.

I referenced Jonás Gutiérrez's comments about staying on Tyneside in the Cheik Tiote article, but didn't link to them.  Here they are. (Scott Wilson, The Northern Echo) Joey Barton wants Gutiérrez to continue to play like he did at Birmingham City. (Mark Douglas, The Journal)

Hartlepool United have again extended the loan of 19 year-old striker Ryan Donaldson by a month. (BBC Sport)

Lee Ryder of The Chronicle points out that Newcastle haven't won a Saturday 3 pm kick-off in about two and a half years, when Kevin Nolan was still with Bolton Wanderers

Three Newcastle United matches have been rescheduled because of a change in television coverage. (Scott Wilson, The Northern Echo)

Finally, you should be aware that there is a planned outage for the site starting at 3 am tomorrow (CST).  It should be done well ahead of the match at 9 am, but you never know.  If anything significant happens we'll update our Twitter feed (@ComingHomeNUFC).  See you in the game thread!