News this afternoon that Danny Guthrie has joined newly promoted Reading.
Danny Guthrie - to join Reading
The transfer is not yet complete but it looks as though terms have been agreed between the player and the Berkshire club, and of course Danny is a free agent.
Guthrie did well at Newcastle, and when he played last season he looked a good player, but he didn’t start many games and was only a back-up to Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, and that was unlikely to change next season or anytime soon.
And since Danny wanted to play first team football, and why not, he decided to leave Newcastle, rather than sign the deal that was offered to him.
The standards at Newcastle have also been raised significantly in the last twelve months and a number of other players, like Leon Best, Nile Ranger and Xisco (we can only hope), will join Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands and Tamas Kadar, who have not had their contracts renewed.
Danny Guthrie was a bit different from those players, because Alan Pardew wanted to keep him at Newcastle.
Anyway, we wish Danny all the very best at Reading, and we’re sure he’ll do very well.
Note : It’s 104 degrees F in Raleigh today, and the electricity went off for about an hour this afternoon, US time – just got the electricity and the internet back – there’s not too much you can do without electricity these days.