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Is Corbyn right about Mike Ashley and Newcastle United?

October 8th, 2019 | 7 Comments |

Corbyn in Newcastle
Jeremy Corbyn with NUFC fan group representatives.
“Barcelona is not a business, it is a feeling. We are not owned by anybody, we are an association.” Sandro Rosell, President of FC Barcelona (owned by 180,000 fans).

In case it has escaped your attention, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn was recently in Newcastle with North East Labour MPs Chi Onwurah and Ian Lavery meeting NUFC fan groups and outlining his proposals to democratise football clubs in a similar manner to clubs in countries such as Spain and Germany. (more…)


What’s Next for Newcastle Following Carabao Cup Defeat to Leicester City?

August 30th, 2019 | No Comments |

Yoshinori Muto goal
Yoshinori Muto celebrates a rare goal against Leicester
To say that Newcastle have enjoyed a mixed start to the season would be somewhat of an understatement. After Steve Bruce was announced as Rafa Benitez’s successor back in July, it’s clear that the fanbase was divided in their opinions of the future direction that Mike Ashley was looking to take the club in, especially after the departure of Ayoze Perez. An opening day defeat against Arsenal was followed up with a loss against Norwich thanks to three Teemu Pukki goals before the Magpies looked to have found their stride after shocking Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side with a one-goal victory in London.

With reports of poor warm-ups and much more surrounding Newcastle and their new boss, the win over Spurs injected new hope into their passionate supporters. Although a handful of supporters had hoped for a good run in this season’s Carabao Cup, the spirited display against Leicester City which ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat has highlighted that their application and spirit cannot be questioned. As a result of that, we’re going to consider what the aims should be for the remainder of the season following the recent cup exit. (more…)


All we are saying is give Bruce a chance!

August 28th, 2019 | 2 Comments |

Joelinton
Joelinton scoring Newcastle’s first goal of the season.
After such a poor performance against Norwich, even the most optimistic fan would be forgiven for thinking that the Toon might be lucky to even pick up one point against Champions League finalists Tottenham on their own turf, let alone three as they did, with Joelinton’s well taken goal separating the sides. However, does the solid performance against the Champions League finalists mean redemption for Steve Bruce?

After two lost games using Steve Bruce’s preferred 3-5-2 formation it was obvious that things weren’t working and at the start it seemed that Bruce’s team had come out with more attacking intent this time with a formation which looked more like an attacking 3-4-3 with Joelinton leading the line alongside Almiron and Saint-Maximin. (more…)


Benitez vs Ashley Assessed

August 26th, 2019 | One Comment |

Ashley and Benitez
A rare shot of Ashley and Benitez together.
Rafa Benitez is undoubtedly one of the most likeable and professional managers in football. Despite operating under one of the tightest budgets in the Premier League, the Spaniard produced a minor miracle in guiding The Magpies to a 13th place finish last campaign and 10th the season before that. After their less than acrimonious split over the summer, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley are now locked in a war of words with Rafa Benitez which has so far involved back and forth insults, accusations and other general playground antics. But is Mike Ashley really the bad guy in all of this? Or does Rafa have to take some responsibility for his own actions? (more…)


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…)