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After yesterday’s release of the new Newcastle United home kit for the season 2011/2012, featuring waistcoat and tie as seen below, the club today released images of the new change/away kit for the new season.

New NUFC Home kit – 2011/12

The new NUFC 2011/12 home kit sports a fashionable waistcoat and tie effect

New NUFC Away / Change kit – 2011/12

The new NUFC away kit is similar to the home shirt but includes bow-tie instead

The new away shirt looks remarkably similar to that which will be used when Newcastle are playing at home, except for one major change. Gone is the black tie and in its place is a blue bow-tie, a colour often used in Newcastle’s change strips in recent years as the third colour of United’s adopted bird, the Magpie.

Toon boss Alan Pardew apparently didn’t say “The new change kit is very stylish and will not only make our players look smarter on the pitch, but will give the fans a multi-purpose shirt to wear for all occasions off it.” “I believe that is the angle Mike is pushing with the new price-tag of ¬£60. He feels that it is an excellent deal as you are effectively getting two outfits in one.”

The new dual-outfit design is thought to have been inspired by the strict rules that disallow club owner Mike Ashley from entering the director’s box at away stadia with his replica shirt on. However, the new, smarter design should enable him to wear his change shirt to away matches hassle free.

Mike Ashley is also believed to have cut costs on the players suits, used for official travel to away matches. One St James’ Park¬† insider said “The players will now both travel and play in their new multi-purpose change kits and they’re not happy about it.”