After winning a second cap with Ireland (playing for half of Ireland's 2-0 friendly victory over Oman), former Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot returns to Newcastle to resume his place on the substitutes bench. He is finding this frustrating, even though it gives him a ringside seat as Alan Pardew displays his silky coaching skills.
Elliot moved to Newcastle in 2011 on a five year contract. Now 28, he has made just 12 first team appearances. Ahead of him is Holland international Tim Krul.
Elliot apparently adores Geordieland, but he told The Times 'I've wanted to play - I don't want to just get the tag of being a No.2 keeper. I think, after this season, depending on how many games I get, I'll have to look at it and see what happens.'