After watching Michael Owen pick up yet another injury on England's international duty, the news was eased yesterday that Newcastle United can expect to receive about £500,000 in compensation from the Football Association.
Owen tore a thigh muscle in England's 1-0 win over Austria on last Friday's friendly match which took him out for six weeks.
Paul Barron has taken up his position as the new goalkeeping coach of Newcastle United after securing the transfer from his old club Middlesbrough. The 54-year-old revealed his delight following his Magpies move.
“Of course I know all about the quality of the goalkeepers at this club and it's great to work with top players.” Barron told the official site, “It's not just Shay and Steve, but Fraser Forster and Tim Krul are also very promising young goalkeepers.”
Barron has pulled on his gloves for the first time yesterday morning. He is previously play with Plymouth Argyle, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Stoke City, QPR and Reading before starting his coaching role Coventry, QPR and West Brom. Barron joined Boro from Aston Villa when Steve McClaren took over as manager at the Riverside Stadium in 2001.
Meanwhile, Obafemi Martins will restore his place to his starting line-up for Liverpool's Barclays Premier League visit to St James' Park on Saturday. With Michael Owen being sidelined again for injury, Martins could shine as his replacement. Martins remains the club's leading scorer for the running season campaign with five goals to date.