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Will Perez’s departure cause a mass exit?

July 12th, 2019 | No Comments |

Ayoze Perez
Ayoze Perez in his new Leicester colours.
It’s worrying times if you are a Newcastle United fan. Not only has Mike Ashley been unable to keep Rafa Benitez at the club, with the Spaniard agreeing to become Dalian Yifang’s new manager, but Ayoze Perez has left, signing for Leicester City for no less than £30 million.

But will the second big departure of the summer result in several other key players vacating St James Park? Sean Longstaff has been linked continuously with Manchester United. It has been widely reported that Longstaff’s representatives have met with Manchester United to discuss a possible move this summer. (more…)


Rudderless Newcastle lurching towards a troubled season

July 5th, 2019 | No Comments |

Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley: Bringing chaos to the Magpies once again.
Rudderless Newcastle lurching towards a troubled season

With the 2019/20 Premier League season just over a month away Newcastle United remain an organisation in turmoil.

Rafa Benitez’s departure as manager hasn’t gone down well with the club’s fans and has only served to increase their animosity towards owner Mike Ashley.

Read on as we assess the latest state of play at St James’ Park.

Who will replace Benitez?

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Would Arsene Wenger be a suitable successor to Rafael Benitez at Newcastle?

May 15th, 2019 | No Comments |

Arsene Wenger
Wenger: Does he still have what it takes?
Newcastle fans absolutely love Rafael Benitez, and there is nothing more they would love than for the former Liverpool manager to commit his future to the Magpies. Benitez’s current contract at St James’ Park runs out in the summer, and despite the Spaniard guiding the team to Premier League safety yet again, the club have yet to agree on new terms with him.

There is a very good chance that Benitez will sign on the dotted line and will continue his work at Newcastle, but latest speculation regarding former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger should put the minds of the St. James’ Park faithful at ease. If Benitez leaves, Wenger would not be a bad replacement at all. Wenger has been without a managerial job since his departure from Arsenal at the end of last season, and the Frenchman has been involved in football punditry throughout the campaign and is very much in touch with the game. (more…)


How Did Newcastle’s Previous Record Signings Compare to Miguel Almiron?

April 17th, 2019 | 35 Comments |

Miguel Almiron
Almiron – Early days.
For many seasons Newcastle United fans have been urging owner Mike Ashley to splash the cash during the transfer window, and they finally got their wish in January 2019. The Magpies splurged on Atlanta United playmaker, Miguel Almiron, with the lively Paraguayan commanding a club-record fee of £21 million. He’s made an impressive start to life on Tyneside, with his work rate and productivity immediately endearing him to the Geordie faithful. He’s certainly helped Rafa’s men look sharper in the final third, but how does Almiron’s impact compare to the club’s previous record-signings? (more…)


Rafa: Waving goodbye to the Toon?

April 5th, 2019 | 26 Comments |

Rafa Benitez waving.
Rafa: Waving goodbye to the Toon?
Whilst the first half of the season was looking like more ‘doom and gloom’ for the Toon, Rafa Benitez’s ability to (somehow) get Mike Ashley to dip into his back pocket during the transfer window has all but guaranteed another season in the Premier League.

Miguel Almiron became Newcastle’s record signing, signing from Atlanta United for a fee thought to be £21 million. He’s only featured seven times so far in the Premier League but looks set to be a star once he settles into life in England.

Although this particular signing has excited Newcastle fans, Benitez has remained frustrated with the lack of funds during his reign in charge. (more…)