We had seen the reports that Newcastle had hired Saudi coach Ahmed al-Issa to train the Newcastle U21 side, and we dare say that Willie Donachie wondered what would happen to the job he had at Newcastle, since the Scot is the current U21 coach, and doing a good job too.
Willie Donachie – Newcastle U21 coach
It was reported that Al-Issa had said he had signed a two year contract to work with the Newcastle U-21 side on Tyneside, which is basically now the Newcastle Reserve side, and the article was initially published by the Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh a few days ago.
However now the mystery has now been cleared up by a spokesman of Newcastle United strongly denying any link at all with al-Issa.
This was despite coverage of al-Issa’s alleged move being carried by several international media outlets.
This is what Mark Hannen, the Newcastle spokesperson had to say about those reports:
“It’s completely incorrect it’s wrong.” “That report you are referring to is absolutely not true.”
Seems like it’s not true.
Newcastle have made an excellent start in the new Professional Development League, with recent high scoring wins against Tottenham Hotspur (6-4) and Stoke City (5-1) in their first two games in the new league.
And how about this from the journalist Abdel Rahman al-Abid. who initially reported the story:
“I’m a journalist at the end of the day. I report the news as it is in a professional way. I don’t need to investigate the news as it’s not part of my duty,”
The Al Arabiya TV channel tried to reach Al-Issa, but they were able to reach him and unable to get any comment from him on why he had said he had a two year deal on Tyneside.
Was he making it up or was he making it up?
Suffice to say that Donachie’s job is safe at Newcastle – but how do these reports from the Middle East keep coming out of the blue like this?
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