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Why we can’t predict the future of football right now

March 28th, 2020 | 23 Comments |

A long road ahead
It could be a long road ahead.
With news that a return to Premier League football on April 30th has now been further postponed, plans for an intense finish the season in what Toon manager, Steve Bruce, described as a ‘Festival of Football’ look more uncertain. In reality, the future of football over the next year, or even two is highly uncertain and all predictions may have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Not even eminent epidemiologists know for certain how long this current crisis will last, it may subside for a while, only to come back in waves like the so-called ‘Spanish’ Flu emergency of 1918-20. Any predictions of a return to football in the next few months may be completely wide of the mark, indeed, the effects of CoVid-19 may not just curtail the current season, it may also curtail the next one too; though if it does, by the time we are finished and counting the damage, football might not be so important in the grand scheme of things for a while any way, though it may be a little frustrating for Liverpool fans if they were denied their first league title in three decades. (more…)


Bruce hopes Longstaffs will stay but contract impasse continues

February 17th, 2020 | No Comments |

Steve Bruce
Bruce: Keeping his distance from contract negotiations
In his press conference before the Arsenal game on Sunday, Steve Bruce once again faced inevitable questions on whether the Longstaff brothers will stay at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley’s notoriously parsimonious regime.

As we revealed in our previous blog, 21 year old Sean Longstaff is still receiving only £692 per week in a contract which lasts until 2022, whilst his 19 year old brother, Matt, isn’t listed and his contract will be ending at the end of the season.

Speaking on the contract negotiations before the Arsenal game, Bruce said: (more…)


Shocking secrets of the Newcastle United wage bill

February 16th, 2020 | No Comments |

Sean Longstaff and Yoshinori Muto
Sean Longstaff (£692 per week) and Yoshinori Muto (£54,000 per week)
As a Newcastle United blogger, one of my occaisional pastimes is to peruse the details of Newcastle United’s payroll and after a few seasons of this, I thought that it’s about time I wrote a ‘blog about it as it contains quite a few interesting details.

For instance, Sean Longstaff, now a fairly regular choice for the first team, and who was recently the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United with sums as high as £50 million being bandied around, is still only receiving £692 per week (£36,000 a year). This is the lowest by a huge margin compared with all the other players who have featured in the first team on anything like a regular basis. Jamie Sterry (£2000 per week) apart, the next lowest player who has played in the first team with any regularity is Isaac Hayden, who is currently earning £22,000 per week (£1,144,000 per year). Meanwhile, the hardly used Yoshinori Muto is currently picking up £54,000 per week (£2,808,000 a year), making him the second highest paid player on the list. (more…)


Is Corbyn right about Mike Ashley and Newcastle United?

October 8th, 2019 | 158 Comments |

Corbyn in Newcastle
Jeremy Corbyn with NUFC fan group representatives.
Newcastle United’s next game after the international break is away to Chelsea – use betting bonus if you fancy us to upset the Blues the way we beat Man Utd!

“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…)


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…)