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The Main Positions Newcastle Must Strengthen This Summer

9:23 am, Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

It’s something that former head coach Steve McClaren talked about yesterday, that he wasn’t forceful enough at Newcastle and should have demanded that an obvious weakness in the team, the lack of a top center-back and a proven goalscorer should have been fixed either last summer or in January.

We all know striker Charlie Austin was available, but we suppose Steve was overruled by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr, who were running (ruining?) the club for Mike Ashley last season – and their ineptitude was a major reason we were relegated.


Daniel Agger while at Liverpool – retired last week

Weak management from Steve McClaren was another major reason and in terms of the center-back position, Steve cooked his own goose by giving Fabricio Coloccini a new contract last August, because that meant it would not have made sense to bring in another center-back – since we had already signed young Chancel Mbemba.

So the two positions Rafa Benitez knows need to be strengthened this year are striker and center-back – and he will strengthen those positions.

Towards the end of the season Rafa had young Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles looking like the center-back pairing of the future for Newcastle,  but we need more experience in the back-line and more competition for places.

Newcastle have been linked with Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who would be great at Newcastle for next season, but £15M is a lot to pay for him.

As far as center-back goes we think Rafa wants to bring in somebody experienced to replace Coloccini, who is almost certain to be let go this summer – to at least get his huge wages (£65K/week) off the wage bill.

We thought Daniel Agger would be a great free agent signing, but surprisingly the former Liverpool center-back retired from football last week at the young age of  31.

It will be interesting to see who Rafa does bring in this summer for a center-back and a striker.

The other defensive position that needs strengthening is full back and maybe getting in an experienced player who can play on either side and can challenge Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett and others for a full back position is probably what’s needed.

We have been linked with former Real Madrid and Liverpool full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, who has played for Rafa and knows his methods well – and Alvaro has massive experience.

30 year-old former Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique is also available as a free agent from Liverpool.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    still won’t let austin go!!! he didn’t want to come, end of. how many times!! he hardly set saints alight on his 100k a week did he.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Previous thread.
    Our best LB ever? do you mean recently or ever?

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    He’s still adamant the McCardew gave Collo a new contract as well!

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    have to say i really enjoyed wales but I thought N.Ireland were dreadful to watch. did they have a shot on target. just the big ball to lafferty, next to zero possession and nothing else to offer.

  • 5 Yo-yo // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Austin, MacCormack and the Colo contract all in one post, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel Ed !

  • 6 Munster Mag // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    I would like toure, yes please. Rotunda i thought norn iron were abysmal. I hope the republic dont perform like that but we wont. COYBIG!

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    He even got in a bit about Churners ruining the club for Mikey. I reckon the next headline will be ”Benitez will not be signing this player” insert anyone of 2.5K players.

  • 8 Graeme // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Jail – only 2.5K????

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    I wonder if Niall and Biffa read this site, yesterday I said to G (I think) that Mclaren pretty much admitted to being a patsy which we all knew anyway.
    The headline in today was
    Patsy admits:
    I was a Patsy

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    It’s going to be a short close season, it may have been more if we were in the Prem.

  • 11 Jib // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    COYBIG ?

    come on you big Irish girlsblouses ?

  • 12 Jib // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    boring insignificant goons ?

    c’mon Munster what is it ?

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Come On You Boys In Green!

  • 14 carl // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    It was a poor game. A 1-0 defeat was frankly flattering and the quality of the NI performance took away a lot of the goodwill it seemed from qualifying.
    Maybe the occasion got to them what with so many NI fans and it being a neutral venue. But they seemed not to have an attacking plan. Lafferty was not fully fit and the support of Davis was lacking and unlikely to trouble a pretty decent Poland side.

  • 15 Graeme // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Jail, we will be linked with every CB, FB, Striker – under £25 million and not needing crutches to move!!

  • 16 Jib // Jun 13, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    ah of course
    Da Bhoys in green
    so it is – so it is

  • 17 lesh // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    But £15m for McCormack isn’t a lot when you consider the amount of money slushing about in the Prem. The price of anything is set by the value placed on it by a buyer.

  • 18 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM


    but we aren’t in the PL which is the reason why to us it is a lot of money, I hope we get promoted at the 1st time of asking but there are no guarantees which is why it’s a lot of money, if we knew for sure that we would get promoted and that he would be good enough for the PL then fine sign him but we don’t know for sure, personally I would much rather go for Danny Ings at Liverpool, he had a nightmare at Liverpool and would possibly be tempted if we went in for him.

  • 19 Jib // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Miralem Pjanic has had his medical for Juventus who are paying €38million to Roma for him.

    The Corriere del Sport still think Roma will get his replacement GeorginhoWijnaldum cheap.

    We’ll see what Rafa says about that;_Wijnaldum_in_beeld_als_opvolger

  • 20 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    I think Gini will move, but it won’t be cheap

  • 21 lesh // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Yes Spoof, I take your point but if we won’t pay such a price, some other club will.

    McCormack may go on to become a flop in the Prem, but were we to buy him and he delivered enough goals to get us up, then £15m would be money well spent.

    However, when we consider the enthusiasm voiced to sign err Austin, maybe we were wise not to sign him considering his lack of impact at Southampton.

    There’s always a gamble in buying players and it’s down to Rafa to make the judgement calls. If he gets winners, brilliant but…..

  • 22 GenralHez // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Charlie Austin hardly got a game, scored next to nothing and picked up £100,000 a week; I am really glad we did not waste any money on him so please ED stop bleating on about him.

  • 23 lesh // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM


    Could Juventis be accused of Pjanic buying?

    Just a thought.

  • 24 lesh // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM


    You clearly are a master of languages…. or are your Spanish journo acquaintances helping you with the nuances of the Latin tongues!

  • 25 lesh // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM


    Juventus even!

  • 26 carl // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    The fallout from he euros so far is that there are a lot of misplaced headlines of so called English hooliganism . As a past travelling fan I can personally say that the average England fan is not a homogenous violent thug. Reading of an English fan being attacked with an axe ! The majority of English fans I know went to Marseilles to enjoy a few pints and the football.
    Where I do agree with some headline writers is that every country has nationalists whose nationalism involves a fierce hatred of other countries. For some the National football team is seen as an excuse for misplaced nationalistic beliefs. Politically entrenched countries like Russia, have more than other countries. We do though have some and UEFA and the French bodies are required to provide security. You just have to recognise that there are mindless morons in the world. Personally I am looking forward to the Belqium v Italy game.

  • 27 expatmag // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM


    I wouldnt flatter yourself, mate. I think they have far more interesting contacts than you.

  • 28 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Jokic and Botic are making a name for themselves down under. On second thoughts, scratch them


  • 29 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Please tell me everyone hasn’t gone off Googling those two players…

  • 30 clinath@ed // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Err, No……as if!

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Less of the mate bit cobber. I wasn’t speaking to you and there’s no need for that.
    This is the first window in a long time where I’m not going to be worried about a lack of activity, I firmly believe the club is in good hands with Rafa and he wants success over pleasing’The Board’.

  • 32 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Haven’t been on in a while so just let me get the records up to date – Charnley and Carr’s bout of ineptitude led them to gang on to a baffled Patsy McCardew who gave a pointless contract to Silent Bob and blew £80m on the wrong players and failed to get Charlie Austin in which ruined our season, which means Ashley has to step in, hire benitez and now we are being linked to a sausage-link procession if ageing journeymen or retirees. Missed anything out?

  • 33 Jib // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Hunter Davies in his 70’s treatise on hooliganism “The revenge of the “d” stream” while mainly concentrating on club violence in England – did interview lads causing bother at internationals – they honestly believed they were fighting for their country !

  • 34 clinath@ed // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    ..we run out of biscuits.

  • 35 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:43 AM


    yes £15m in the PL isn’t a great deal now and as you say every signing is a gamble but I honestly feel that some gambles are bigger than others, granted McCormack could shoot us straight back up but so could others without such an expence, as I said how about Danny Ings, equally as good as McCormack, arguably better and due to his injury nightmare last season would Klopp give him a fair chance this season !, Liverpool will be looking at the top four so it would be a gamble by Klopp to stick with Ings, perhaps a season long loan would suit all, he could help shoot us back up and give Klopp a risk free opportunity to see if he is good enough for his Liverpool.

    I’m not saying your wrong because you aren’t, I just feel that there could be better options out there for us.

  • 36 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Is something going to happen on the transfer front? Either way will do. Just some sign of the much heralded but so far invisible Rafalution.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    The transfer window isn’t open, there is also a major tournament going on. What are people expecting from this Rafalution. The training ground is being given a renovation and a pitch to lessen injuries installed. We cannot sign players at the moment or win games that aren’t being played. What would be a visible sign of change at this present moment.

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    We have also witnessed the manager getting in touch with a newspaper himself to give us some much needed news in an open and candid interview, KB was not whispering at his side and he didn’t speak in riddles are wheel out age old cliches either.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    We will also be signing players that the manager thinks will strengthen the squad and not players that Carr and Churners think will make a few quid in six months time.
    An honest question here, what are some people expecting to see with this ‘Rafalution’ ??

  • 40 martoon // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    JFA – I agree with you – it’s a bit early for transfers yet. Hopefully plans & targets are being made now. I wouldn’t expect much transfer activity (by all clubs) until July when the window is open and the Euros have finished.

  • 41 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    I expect Rafa is talking about the problem of having to gauge which players will be likely to jump ship at the eleventh hour. If he starts buying at the start of the window, he could find himself still short of key areas of two or three players decide to leave right at the end of the window.

    Hopefully the Euro tournament will accelerate all the deals ( and maybe squash some) so Rafa has a decent window to shop in.

  • 42 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    You can sign players at any time, or has nobody told Arsenal? Seem to recall Cabaye being already announced earlier than this also.

    Pre-season training starts in 2 weeks, I’d have thought we would want incomings sorted by then. Seems they will come in dribs and drabs during pre-season. Not ideal.

  • 43 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:04 AM


    at present we can’t expect that many changes, but I do expect apprehension from the fans, after so many years of being kicked to death by the club it is understandable for us to be a bit impatient, for all we know Ashley may wait until every season ticket is sold which I do expect to happen and then say good job Rafa, well done and here’s your P45, I’m sure that won’t happen but until big changes do happen I am sure the apprehension will remain, understandably so !!!!

  • 44 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    not standing up for the board, but sometimes they can’t be held accountable! In the past they’ve put up the money for certain players and we’ve not got them for location reasons. Austin was never going north of Barnet, Aubameyang actually took 25% less to sign for Dortmund, Same with Gameiro who wanted to play somewhere hot so went to spain. I’m pretty sure we were priced out on wages for Payet who was the highest paid player outside of PSG in france and I’m pretty sure went to west ham on north of 80k p/w. Gamble paid off for west ham, but based on what I saw (and that was a fair bit) of him in France he looked a bit lazy and lightweight for the EPL.
    Kante was offered to every club in the PL, no surprise many didn’t take a chance on a 5ft 5 centre mid costing 8m who doesn’t score or assist. He’s been amazing, but hes a small guy who plays in the most physical position, hes an anomaly and better scouts than carr didn’t think he’d make it in England ie: Arsenal, Spurs and it was well reported they all looked at him.
    People seem to think we can just go out and buy these players and if we don’t its the board or scouts fault, but actually there are many other things that come into play ie: wage structure, location, style of play, manager, teammates
    For me, the management is far more at fault than the board/scout. We should still have players like Ben Arfa, cabella and Thauvin never got chance to settle either and both have a lot more talent than players like gouffran who got the nod

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:11 AM


    spot on there. window’s not open and euros are on. just need a little patience. hell we’ve waited this long for a guy actually brought in on merit.

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:16 AM


    i think dele alli and eric dier were possibly the biggest disappointments where we appeared to be haggling over an odd million here and there and god knows what they’re worth now.

    also i think it was obvious to most people that cabella and thauvin weren’t really cut out for english football.

  • 47 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Got a feeling the club will force one of Wijnaldum and Sissoko to stay. Reckon Gini may attract a big enough offer to get a move, and if we get 20m for him (though heard the price they wanted was north of that) then I think that money could be better used to bring in 2 strong players for 10-12m each which would benefit our championship season.
    Reckon they’ll force Sissoko to honour his contract. Hes not going to attract the kind of bid that will make the club sell him, can’t see a club breaking 10m for him, but in the championship he’ll be a monster. Reckon he’ll have to strike to leave.
    I see sense in keeping Thauvin, looked good, really good towards the end of the season. The defenders in Ligue 1 are better than the championship! Its one thing struggling to cope with the PL but the championship is slower, you get more time and its actually less physical these days. Reckon he could become a good player. Similarly De Jong if he can get some fitness. Kevin Nolan rattled in countless goals in 09/10 and De Jong reminds me Nolan alot.
    Saying that I can’t see the club letting anyone go without a written transfer request as that waives the right to a percentage of the fee!

  • 48 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    The window is actually open and deals can be arranged and medicals can be taken but they don’t officially become your player until there current contract expires which is 30th June and their new contract begins which is 1st July, but the window is now open, Man U have signed Eric Bailly, but he won’t be an official Man U player until his Man U contract starts which is on the 1st July.

  • 49 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    @Rotonda – Im still hopeful on Thauvin. He has ability, really does!
    Cabella though… didn’t even rate him at Montpellier. One of those players who looks good against bad players. Surprised he came to England too with the way our gutter press is and the supposed lifestyle he leads, Must have lived in fear of reporters etc
    Heard delle alli didn’t want to move too far from Milton Keynes which is why we missed him>?
    Didn’t know we were in for Dier, but I can’t imagine us competing well with Spurs for young players, their record at bringing them through and developing is great, surely any u21 player would make them first choice?

  • 50 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Not a nufc question, but i don’t see much of la liga, Find it a bit dull aside from matches involving the big 3. Is Eric Bailly any good? He’s cost over 30m and i’ll be honest i’ve never actually heard of him. Not sure I can remember seeing an African defender that could be worth over 10m let alone 30m too….

  • 51 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM


    I also feel that Rafa will force one of Gini or Sissoko to stay, and like yourself I feel it will be Sissoko who is forced to stay as Gini will demand a larger transfer fee when sold which as you say will give Rafa more scope to get in who he really wants in and secondly, looking at the end of last season it does appear that Rafa prefers Sissoko to Gini, after all Gini was dropped whereas Sissoko was made captain, so at a guess I would see Rafa looking at the pair of them and saying I will keep the best one (Rafa’s opinion) whilst selling the lesser one who also manages to have a higher sell on fee.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:31 AM
    There is a few deals going on mind, but we have to take in to account that Rafa that we have possibly some major outgoings, if we were still in the PL the players committing themselves might be sorted now. He has to buy players on the strength of Sissoko, Wijnaldum and Jaanmat staying or jumping ship. I for one am not panicking as I am 100% behind Rafa. When we were about to finish fifth and Pardew said we’ll sign six players in the summer I believed him, then after five, four, three two, one I stopped believing him and never believed another word he said. Benitez has said we will make us a stronger squad and I’ve got no reason to disbelieve him.

  • 53 martoon // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I’m slightly confused as to when the transfer window opens?
    According to this it is 9 June
    But according to this it is 1 July

  • 54 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:35 AM


    “Not sure I can remember seeing an African defender that could be worth over 10m let alone 30m too….”

    excuse me, but what about Chancel, surely he will be worth more than £10m, wash your mouth out with soap and water lol.

    Seriously though, I do think that he is a really good defender, very little transfer speculation about him, I really do hope that he does get overlooked by PL clubs as he is a top player.

  • 55 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    @spoof – i like chancel, but at the moment for me he is not worth more than 10m. He made a lot more mistakes last season than people mention but got away with it being highlighted because a) he is young so its natural and b) coloccini was so much worse.
    Mourinho has an eye for a centreback so i’m sure hes immense, reading up on him he seems to have it all, attitude wise and ability, just honestly had never heard of him so to see a defender fetch what could be 40m with the add ons added on it was surprising

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Different for domestic transfer and international transfers. Or at least that is what the difference used to be, not sure if it has changed, but dates have stayed similar, so would expect the same situation.

    Loads of transfers are going on. Brighton have already begun strengthening, as have Bristol City who (oddly given last season) seem to be being tipped to have a promotion tilt by quite a few.

    I’m not overly worried by the lack of movement so far, but I would expect one or two in before pre season starts at least. Rafa had previously said he wanted the majority of his squad together for pre season starting, I notice this has changed in his recent Chronicle interviews to the start of the season.

  • 57 outside the box // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    martoon …brought this up last week ,,,seems it is july 1st for some reason fox/sky say 9th june….
    jayphoto agree about thauvin and siem de jong ..still need dominating centre back (will not be happy till they do so )
    i can see mbabu ..memmba lascelles and dummett becoming steady back 4 …but need an experienced captain/defender in the mix

  • 58 expatmag // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    JFA…. Touchy…and we aussies call even our enemies mates so once again, dont flatter yourself

  • 59 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:45 AM


    it’s a bit like us buying the latest phone or game which gets released in two weeks time, we can go on line and buy it now but it’s not yet ours until it arrives at your door, so with a player you can buy now but he will not be yours until the 1st July.

  • 60 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    To be honest I don’t particularly trust Rafa with transfers, IMO he’ll get more wrong than he gets right. His transfer record isn’t particularly amazing with players under 10m but If letting him waste transfer money keeps him here though i’m all for it because what I do trust Rafa with is developing a winning system and getting the most out of the players he puts on the pitch.
    Similarly, he has a reputation of developing strong defensive teams, but at Napoli his was ridiculed because it was a mess. He couldn’t get it right! The pundits there ripped him to shreds over it .But they scored over 100 goals a season, i’d take that!
    Seeing him at his other clubs, how he got 100% out of players like Kuyt and really raised them to a level beyond their ability makes me think certain players will really push on under him. Lascelles, Possibly Dummett, I think he’ll develop Saivet into a useful player aswell as Colback and Shelvey improving.

  • 61 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:49 AM


    Just echo what you are saying, the clubs at the top of most leagues are those that have built a team rather than indiscriminately bought players. Man City being the exception and Tottenham being a prime example, where they established themselves as European regulars and consequently attracted better players.

    NUFC has long way to go and a lot to learn, but Rafa should accelerate the process. Build a team, a style of play where the personal can interchange, become a more attractive proposition to talented players and bingo. All our dreams come true.

  • 62 jayphoto // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    @outsidethebox – Reckon Lascelles will be a dominating centreback in the championship. Seemed to start dominating strikers in the last few weeks of the season, the drop down a level should surely see him look even better.
    Reckon we need an older CB to add experience. Richard Keogh would be a good shout. Apparantly we are looking at Dunk but I think we need to add some experience in the 28-32 age bracket for next season.

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Take some of your advice to others and apply it.
    Did you see my post earlier mentioning you, how much do the Malawi FA receive from FIFA, I would like to think that those huge fines for PSG and M City goes to poorer countries.

  • 64 Spoof // Jun 13, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    I read an article a few days back were it was said that Rafa pays more attention to a players attitude and desire than to his ability, apparently he feels that most players who are playing in the top leagues have the ability but to many of them don’t have the mentality to achieve what they are capable of so when he is talking to them about possibly joining his club he is more interested in their attitude than there ability, obviously he doesn’t always get it right, look at Jermaine Pennant, but generally looking at Rafa’s sides in the past a bad attitude doesn’t seem to appear that often, it’s all about discipline and Rafa insists on it, so hopefully no more prima donna’s who are only here for the money, how much have we wasted on that type over the years !!!

  • 65 expatmag // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    JFA… dont mind dishing it out but you have never been able to take criticism. I feel sory for you. You obviously need a personality…

  • 66 expatmag // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:10 PM


    I would like Dunk too but I think PL teams have their eyes on him.

    Toure is no short term solution either as ge will more than likely be away at the ACON

  • 67 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    No, I missed that, haven’t been following the blog much recently, everything is just a bit too hectic this side to really catch up, so just dip in and out on whichever is the latest post.

    Each member FA gets the same amount of money from FIFA. I think 2015 was around £650,000 with an additional £175,000 due to FIFA’s good financial year. This is the same for every country.

    On top pf that Malawi (and other member nations) can apply for additional funding for specific projects. Malawi received somewhere in the region of an additional £150,000 for specific projects. Most of that additional money (and the other FIFA money) gets misappropriated anyway and ends up heading into peoples pockets for allowances etc.

    FIFA also gift equipment for certain programmes. For an under 15 league they donated boots, kit, balls, bibs and cones. Most of this stuff was given to teams, and then coaches sold it.

    Finally, FIFA as part of the South Africa World Cup legacy have been building 2 Football centres in the country. One is at the FA’s hq, the other is in the Northern region and was completed last year.

  • 68 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 13, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Last time I was back I met with the Scottish FA, who used to work alongside the Malawian FA (as did the English FA). The Scottish FA said they don’t and wouldn’t anymore because they thought it was badly run, and people were just lining their pockets.

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