The Mystery Of Newcastle’s New Saudi Coach Solved


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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151 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Jesper … from previous

    Brighton is an interesting place, pretty cosmopolitan and lively.
    Plymouth old town is lovely, lots of yachting and navy stuff there,
    Bournemouth is okay, nice surroundings, retirement capital
    Torquay like Bournemouth but nicer surroundings.

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  • G

    Sep 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Nice to know that Tabloid journo’s spouting junk isn’t just a British trait.

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  • Highlander

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Lads, advice please,

    I’m about to fly to Newcastle next month from Canada to see the Bordeux and (hopefully) Man U games. All previous games I believe I’ve seen from the Gallowgate end, back in 02-04s seasons when I studied in Newcastle.

    Can anyone recommend a good stand? I’ve never been in the Milburn stand (except maybe for a cup game vs Everton). I guess I can’t go wrong, just wondering opinions on a good view and atmosphere. Milburn is usually just season ticket holders, right?

    Excited to see the Toon next month!

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  • AndyMac

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #4

    “but how do these reports from the Middle East keep coming out of the blue like this?”

    The same way reports that say we’re signing Ince, Debuchy and Uncle Tom Cobley appear almost out of nowhere ?

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Cupidstunt regarding your reply in the last post. The fact that we have two proven sts that are both not playing well together and we have not been able to change things around to bring on another st has already proven that it has impacted on us and so that imo is FACT.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Nufc-83….So if we started one up front would that change your statement to fuct as we’d have an option on the bench?

    I think I may have missed the point here.

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  • Griff-toon

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Can anyone answer this for me? Why are so many not exited about this season after last. We have lot of players that are young and will Only get better. Pluss they will have more experience in the premier league. Fans writing the season off before it has begun sickens me.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Griff….If you do get an answer do let me know as I, along with others, have been wondering the same thing.

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Off topic I know but I thought I’d post the first of my “Where Are They Now” segments 🙂

    Where Are They Now: Part 1

    Carl Cort – After being released by Brentford in January 2011, Cort trained with AFC wimbledon before moving to Florida to play for Tampa Bay Rowdies.

    Clarence Acuna – After leaving United he had a short stint in Argentina. He went on to play for several teams in his native Chile. Now aged 37 it seems he has retired.

    Didier Domi – Last seen playing for MLS side New England Revolution. They released him in July 2011.

    Nikos Dabizas – After leaving us he went on to win Euro 2004 medal (Don’t think he actually played though). He also played over 170 games for Greek side Larissa before retiring in 2011.

    Stephen Glass – Went on to play for Watford, Hibs, Dunfermline and American club Carolina Railhawks before joining Shamrock Rovers as assistant manager in January 2012.

    Franck Dumas – Returned to France, played for Marseille, Lens and Caen. He took over as manager of Caen after his retirement in 2004.

    James Troisi – Recently signed by Juventus he is currently playing on loan for Atalanta. Previously played for Turkish club Kayserispor. Still just 24 years old, he also has 9 full caps for Australia.

    Jamie McClen – Played for several lower league clubs after leaving United. Had a trial with Thai club Pattaya United in 2010 but went on to sign for Morpeth Town.

    David Rozenhal – Went on to play for Lazio and endured an horrific spell at Hamburg before being shipped out to French club Lille in 2011.

    Antoine Sibierski – Became a football agent after his retirement in 2009. Currently doing his coaching badges.

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  • 89Norcal

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #11

    @Griff,

    Because almost every club above AND below us bolstered their squad.

    I’m not Mr. Doom & Gloom but it’s going to make it hard to improve on last season when everyone else is better and we have more matches to play.

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  • G

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Highlander @ post 3. You get a fairly good view pretty much anywhere in the stadium now, unless you are in level 7. Don’t get me wrong, you can see the game, only your eyesight better be good if you like to know who is who on the ball.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #13

    89norcal, we have bought maybe the best utility in anita class in maybe 4/5 positions just a real diamond and better than guthrie hands down.

    bigi is a star as well even after seeing him 4 times, going to be massive for us,

    at the club they know how good amilifitano is skill wise, he can match cabaye and beats players as well.

    curtis good has got rave reviews in his performances so far!

    young adam campbell can do it now if he gets a chance, 17, old enough and good enough right now.

    i believe 100 per cent we are stronger than last season.

    the club from top to bottom have faithin our players and i do as well.these players are dyingfor us out there

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Which year was it when we had the great defensive pairing of David Rozehnal and Claudio Cacapa? Thank god those days are behind us.. or are they[Willo?]!!

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  • studsy

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Roshan – just so you know referraltask is a huge scam. They have never payed out, and require you to complete a survey which includes a text to your mobile with a pin to confirm. Then comes many many many expensive texts to your phone 😛

    It was brought to light on some daytime tv program where biddies go round looking for scammers! I wouldnt like to mess with them lol

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  • Whoarya.com

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Shocking really those middle east journalists reporting unchecked stories just like Ed? Its all part of the entertainment

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  • Whoarya.com

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Shocking really those journalists reporting unchecked stories just like Ed?

    Its all part of the entertainment

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  • Whoarya.com

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Shocking really those journalists reporting unchecked stories?

    Hang on a moment?

    Its all part of the entertainment

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  • Whoarya.com

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #19

    journalists reporting unchecked stories?

    Whatever next?

    Hang on a moment?

    Its all part of the entertainment

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #20

    MFH…Plymouth sounds like something I could get along with 🙂

    …where is there more sun?

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  • Shane

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Whatever happened to Pancrate?? Remember that absolute rocket he scored!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Are you guys playing a trick on me or something today? 😉 lol

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Fabrice Pancrate haha, he scored that goal and then dissapeared of the face of the Earth 🙂

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  • 89Norcal

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #24

    @Beefman,

    We are stronger but by a very very slim margin. So slim, in fact, that the extra burden of the Europa league will likely negate it.

    I agree Anita and our youngsters are class but expecting them to produce major results this year is asking much.

    Btw can’t help but think Pardew and Carr pulled perhaps the most brilliant transfer in Anita, when you figure his versatility (much like Perch) and the common knowledge that MA was going to be overly frugal once again.

    With Anita able to play fullback and as a defensive mid (covering both for Raylor/Simmo and Tiote) he may very well be our MVP this season.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Nufc-83 @ # 5

    I understand what you are getting at but let’s say we had brought in another striker there is the possibility that the said striker as much as he may well have done a Cisse and took off, may very well have done the opposite and not fit /hit the ground running.

    In the second instance we would have spent money on a none event and be no further forward.

    There is no proof that another player would (as opposed to could) have had an effect.

    I think maybe the use of the word “impact“ is what I am responding to, had you said “affect” I may well have passed the comment by (although probably not) the repercussions of the window have in my opinion had no impact on the club/squad/team although they have probably had some affect.

    I believe you chose “impact” deliberately and to date there has been no real “impact” so it is still a fuct, (as in an extrapolation of some (not all) bits of information).

    Your last line says it all “so that imo is FACT”.

    As you state “In your opinion” and it is exactly that, purely and simple your opinion, and not in any way shape or form a fact.

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #26

    @stevewraith: I’ve heard that the rumours of player unrest are Allegedly true and that reluctance to buy has upset certain players. #nufc

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  • bob

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Lack of investment will comeback and bite pardew on the arse! A total disgrace that more quality was’nt brought in so get on with it!

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Bob am just copying what he wrote are you personally telling me to get on with it

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #29

    So, Steve Wraith….a believable guy?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

    leavemyarsealone…I think he was telling Pardew to get on with it – but with bob you can never be 100% sure.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #31

    89norcal, lets not forget our youngins are a tear older and were in my opinion as good as any youngins last season our reserve side was head and shoulders better than anything else until it got broken up and players joining the senior squad. they have that extra year as i have said, more maturity as well.

    i know we have europe and for me its brilliant for us fans, a tougher season maybe but all our players have now extra experiance at thew club, they all live and breath NUFC, the bond is fantastic .

    we had decent cup runs in the coca cola for the last few seasons and to be fair we got beat when more of the seniors were playing.

    i have watched the youngins for 2/3 years and they are more than cabable of stepping up to the mark if they have to. we all know we didnt sell our blue chip players and that cant be underestimated!

    MA gets it in the neck for not bringing in a few extra players he would have got slaughtered if he had of sold tiote cabaye krul benny!!!!

    nobody else came in for debuchy, we offered the original,asking price aqnd they wanted another 2 million, i am fully behind the decision not to pay the extra. why did no one else come in for a really decent kid like debuchy?
    we have already seen what the new players are about and they are very good, i think only benny is better technically than anita and he is priceless for me is ben arfa.

    MA

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza is he a believeable guy steve. One thing for sure he ranting loads of shit about the club on twitter

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #33

    It is reasonable for some bloggers to feel anxious and worried about the season ahead, I can’t see how it’s any more unreasonable than taking a more positive view.

    We lost some handy proven first team players in Guthrie, Best and Loverboy and replaced them with 3 potentially better but unproven players, certainly in the EPL and we have a more demanding season ahead with naturally higher expectations.

    I think we have a fantastic 1st team when fit. A team that can challenge for a top 4 place and build on last seasons excellent achievements, but when we inevitably have injuries and those injuries are to key players then I become less optimistic and more worried. I think it’s part and parcel of being a passionate, realistic fan. I’m fairly anxious about going to Goodison, desperate to see the lads do well against a good team.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #34

    We can look as deeply as you want into it but if you think not buying a back up st and cb is not going to negatively impact our season then you are deluded.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Jimmy Magpie said weeks ago,about Cabaye & a few others being really unhappy about the lack of investment.

    Not suprised to be honest.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #36

    leavemyarse….Was that he is or is he?

    I’ve just read the rant. Seems pretty p*ss*d off like.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #37

    89norcal, lets not forget our youngins are a tear older and were in my opinion as good as any youngins last season our reserve side was head and shoulders better than anything else until it got broken up and players joining the senior squad. they have that extra year as i have said, more maturity as well.

    i know we have europe and for me its brilliant for us fans, a tougher season maybe but all our players have now extra experiance at thew club, they all live and breath NUFC, the bond is fantastic .

    we had decent cup runs in the coca cola for the last few seasons and to be fair we got beat when more of the seniors were playing.

    i have watched the youngins for 2/3 years and they are more than cabable of stepping up to the mark if they have to. we all know we didnt sell our blue chip players and that cant be underestimated!

    MA gets it in the neck for not bringing in a few extra players he would have got slaughtered if he had of sold tiote cabaye krul benny!!!!

    nobody else came in for debuchy, we offered the original,asking price aqnd they wanted another 2 million, i am fully behind the decision not to pay the extra. why did no one else come in for a really decent kid like debuchy?
    we have already seen what the new players are about and they are very good, i think only benny is better technically than anita and he is priceless for me is ben arfa.

    MA has been called allsorts and i say massivly unfair he has but millions upon millions in to our club and taken nothing out, he would have been more greedy surely if he had of sold our top players!!1
    let the club go about the business of running our club, we all know we cant keep everyone happy up here but out of our relegation has sprung one of the best run sporting clubs in the world, we are going forward.

    i havnt looked forward to my football at the toon like this for 10 years im happy and positive the people in charge know what they are doing.

    after all there wasnt a person on the planet would have said we would have finished 5th last season above 600 million playtoy chelsea, 38 games is how you are measured, sure they won the champs league and may finish above us this but i bekieve anything is now possible with us.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Ohh don’t worry folks, Jimmy said it so it must be true…

    Arrrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!

    That is all.

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Jawball we didnt replace best .. Imo we should have kept him he isnt the best but chipped in with some vital goals

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza i mean your opinion on is he a believable guy ..

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