Magpies to make Bond decision
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle United are close to making an announcement on the future of Kevin Bond.
Newcastle United are expected to make an announcement regarding the future of Kevin Bond in the coming days, after Glenn Roeder's number two was implicated in Panorama's probe into illegal payments.
Bond has been placed on gardening leave due to accusations contained within the BBC programme and The Magpies' only public statement on the matter has been to confirm that the former Portsmouth coach has been given time off to deal with 'personal matters'.
His former boss Harry Redknapp has leapt to his defence after Panorama alleged he was willing to take bungs during his time at Fratton Park, and Bond has also suggested he will sue the BBC.
However, reports indicate that, after meeting Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd on Friday, Bond could be removed from his role on Tyneside with an announcement expected within days.
Meanwhile, Newcastle continue to blow hot and cold on the pitch, with Turkish schemer Emre lamenting the side's inability to hold onto a lead in their 1-1 draw with Everton.
It was the second home game in succession that Newcastle have surrendered a winning position, and Emre apologised to the Magpies fans as he called for the team to address their form.
"Once again at home, we started well and have not won, and I am really sorry about that for our great fans," said Emre.
"Just like against Fulham, we were in front and have lost our concentration and not kept up the pace we started with in the first 15 minutes.
"I apologise to the home fans for that. As players, we want to win at home every time we play.
"Before the game, that is all we talked about, getting three points on the board. I am really disappointed.
"Now we have to think about this for future games because we cannot afford to keep doing it.
"But we cannot think negatively - we have to think positively about things.
"We have quality players here and the best supporters, so we need to start winning home games."
Goalkeeper Steve Harper was also glowing in his praise for the St James' Park faithful after they gave him a warm reception following his blunder in allowing Xabi Alonso to score from inside his own half last week.
"The fans are amazing, and I would like to thank each and every one of them," said Harper.
"I did not sleep Wednesday or Thursday night, though the last two nights have been better, and it really did give me a big lift.
"When something like that happens, you just want to go out there and put it behind you. With their help, I was able to do that."