Magpies striker Andy Carroll was in court yet again yesterday, picking up a £1,000 fine in the process.
Carroll admitted a charge of common assault on Michael Cook during a row over a spilt drink in a Newcastle club last year.
The court heard Carroll, 21, had been on a ten-hour bender when the incident occurred at the Blu Bambu club in Bigg Market. His claim that he dropped his drink on Mr Cook was accepted, and a further charge of actual bodily harm was dropped.
In addition to the £1,000 fine Carroll was also ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation.
Hughton in no rush for assistant.
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has insisted he will not be rushed into appointing his new assistant manager.
Hughton is currently without a deputy after Colin Calderwood took up the vacancy at SPL club Hibernian last week.
“I don’t expect to take too long over it, but I haven’t named one yet,” Hughton told Sky Sports. “I have a few in mind, but certainly no decisions have been made yet.”
One name linked with the post is former Chelsea and West Ham assistant Steve Clarke. The much-respected coach is out of work a the moment and Hughton appears to have given him some consideration. “He he is a very, very good coach who is available and he has a history at this club.
“But he is one of a few very good coaches who I would have thought about, but I categorically haven’t made any decisions yet. I have given myself that little bit of time to make what I feel will be the best decision.”
700 police for derby.
Northumbria police are planning a massive operation to ensure Sunday’s derby between Newcastle and Sunderland goes smoothly.
Operation Jerrettspass will involve 700 police, 30 dog handlers and 30 mounted officers from across the region and has been planned since the beginning of August.
“On derby day people do lose control of their emotions,” Supt Steve Neill of Northumbria Police told The Chronicle. “People can get seriously hurt at these things, and the main objective is that all the public and the cops come home safe.
“What I am trying to achieve is to reduce the potentials for disorder so the 99% of decent fans like your mam, dad, sister and brother can enjoy the game and get home safely.”