The current incumbent of the St James’ Park hot-seat, Chris Hughton, has few problems to contend with at the moment with his side sitting just outside the top four places. While it is unlikely they will stay there all season, two consecutive home games against Blackburn and Fulham offer a good opportunity to extend their winning run. However, Newcastle will need to be on guard against complacency as so far this season they have come unstuck in the games they have been favourites to win. Dropped points against Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan have been the few disappointments of an excellent start to the season. Newcastle have few injury problems to contend with and could well stick with an unchanged side for the third game in a row. If that is the case then only Jose Enrique and Joey Barton will face the man who brought them to Tyneside.
Andy Carroll has been making both the front and back page headlines in recent days with most of the hype claiming he is set for a maiden international call-up. England are in friendly action against France in a week’s time and Carroll’s name is very much in the frame. With the likes of Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe injured and a number of other contenders out of form the chances are very much in his favour. The striker is not the only player in England contention if Fabio Capello if looking for in-form English players with Scouse duo Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton both outstanding in recent games. One man not so keen to see Carroll in the squad is former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder who feels calling up his former prot