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Video – Hayden Training In Ireland With New Teammates

4:23 pm, Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 124 Comments

Here is video put out by Newcastle of Isaac Hayden training in County Kildare, Ireland today with his new teammates  after signing a five year contract with Newcastle.

Newcastle are also hoping to sign 24 year-old Blackburn Rovers captain and center-back Grant Hanley soon,  having bid £4.5M with the news today that Rovers want £6M to get the deal done.

Hopefully Newcastle can afford that – or close to it – and sign Grant who has plenty of experience in the Championship and also has terrific leadership skills.

Tags: Coaching · Isaac Hayden · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season · Video

124 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Thanks for the advice Our Toon.
    I played Rugby to county level so know quite a bit about shoulder charges.
    I once spent a very interesting Saturday afternoon in the company of a Greek doctor in the General Hospital because a member of the Gustard family showed me exactly what damage a shoulder charge could do.

    You have sneered at me 3 times now about Google.

    I am so aux fait with the internet and it’s workings that it’s not funny.

    Keep your sneering to a minimum bonny lad or you might just find your bank account details and pin numbers popping up.
    Love and Kisses
    The Googlemeister

  • 2 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM


    Nice one mate, threating someone with theft of banking details and pins….very intelligent!! Do you engage your brain before typing?

  • 3 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Our Toon
    Shouldn’t you be busy firing an e-mail off to Ed ?

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    If the TOON want Grant Hanley then pay the bloody £6 million stop F**kin about

  • 5 JDdubai // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    As much as we need to get the best possible price for sissoko, letting it run until the end of the window does no good for us to be ready for the season.

    Would prefer we strike a decnt deal pre-august and get his replacement(s) in for Fulham.

    Think 20m + player exchange would be fair – would prefer Ibe or Pritchard – young and British is the way forward a la Spurs.

  • 6 ShirebrookToon // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Gini looks well happy in that video like!

  • 7 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    I get the distinct impression that part of Rafa’s enjoyment of management is the cut and thrust and haggling of player deals.

  • 8 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:41 PM


    I don’t fire emails off to Ed never had and never will…..unless you think you’ve done something wrong which merits me doing so?

  • 9 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:42 PM


    We have to look after the pennies mate, not allowed to make a loss of more than 8m for this season otherwise we get a canny fine

  • 10 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:46 PM


    Those coming from the EU will need to have work visas much like those currently that don’t come from the EU, that’s if we decide to invoke article 50 and don’t agree to free movement. Visas are currently given based on

    A player must have played for his country in at least 75% of its competitive A team matches of which he was available for selection, during the two years preceding the date of the application

    The player’s country must be at or above 70th place in the official FIFA world rankings when averaged over the two years preceding the date of the application.

    Young players can’t be loaned to teams in Europe with the hope that they become citizens of an EU country and then qualify to play in prem. Same applies for those coming from south America and Africa, they won’t be able to get into the UK under EU passports as they do now. Nothing to do with how much money can be generated in taxes

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Jib/Our Toon

    Is it not correct with the players we have bought and sold so far we have not spent a penny?

  • 12 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    I think young Isaac is going to be one of the two in a 4-2-3-1.

  • 13 swemag // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Lets get the money for Sissoko and ask for a percent on resale.

    Anything close to 30 million will be fantastic. Even with the amount of money available in the PL there are very few clubs that can spend that kind of money on one player. So lets stay realistic.

  • 14 swemag // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    …and no, Benitez is not thinking that Sissoko is going to stay…as someone said, he just trying to get his value.

    Much like Owen Coyle in Blackburn.

    What a silly game this is.

  • 15 baty1963 // Jul 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    I just watched the video and i have to agree with shirebrook toon that Gini looks as if he’s well pi**ed off

  • 16 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM


    Yes we haven’t spent a penny apparently but we still pay a lot in wages, with the reduced payments from relegation it’s tough to know exactly where we stand. Hanley was highly rated as a youngsters not sure how he’s progressed.

  • 17 hibbitt // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    it’s going to be interesting if clubs don’t match Rafa’s valuation
    we could see 2 might unhappy players

  • 18 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Our toon I don’t think that will impact most of the signings we will target and I’m sure something will be agreed in regards to bringing youth in from Europe. Anyway it’s certainly not worth bringing up as a point now without understanding what will happen.

  • 19 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    I think Moussa will end up leaving for about 25m. I am hoping we can arrange a swap deal with the buying club.

  • 20 ShirebrookToon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Anything close to the 35 mil mark and Sissoko will be sold but in the mean time he needs to kee his mouth shut and just get on with it

  • 21 ShirebrookToon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Can’t see any of the top 4 bidding for him

  • 22 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM


    It’s worth bringing up because it’s something that will affect the club going forward. Mbemba has signed for us on the back of a Belgian passport but he’s of Congo I believe, out of Europe means no free movement, can’t have both. It affects us very much in terms of the players we go for. Tiote, Cisse, Mbemba etc etc.
    Joel Campbell of Arsenal was sent out on loan to Greece and then Spain so they could finally get a permit for him.

    It’s important to plan for for the future not just the here and now which is the point I was making. Sorry if I came across a bit rude and abrupt

  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    TOON have taken former Benfica striker Flavio Da Silva on trial, according to reports from the Chronicle.

    anyone kna oot aboot him

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    A lot of you have been asking “G2, when is the exciting new series of in depth interviews with Rafa going to get underway?” Soon lads. Very soon.

  • 25 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    would the players you mention Tiote cisse etc not just qualify as they played more than enough games for their previous clubs? I can see your point but I do think for the younger inexperienced players (players that bump up the development team for instance) some sort of deal would be in place. I think the most high profile case to look at would be martial at Man U who probably wouldn’t have enough games behind him to qualify in the system you detailed. I think something will be put in place to allow them type of deals to go through but again only guessing at this point.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Hahahaha – excellent blogging and laughs this afternoon. Best site for bloody good laughs – like a disfunctional family.
    Our Toon – challenges Jib about playing sport and the next thing is a massive hissy fit from Jib -announcing he is a county level rugby player. I know loads of county level rugby players and to a man they do not understand the finer points of football.

    Boooohhoooo boooohoooo I’m a county level wugby player boohooo boohoo I was injured by a wugby player. What a tart.

    Then he threatens cyber crime. What a tart.

  • 27 Belfast // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Well ideally you want them gone by the start of the season or else it just becomes a sideshow. We’ll probably here from Sissoko or his agent pretty soon I think, probably deeply unhappy about the fee we’re demanding. 🙂

  • 28 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Flavio da Silva is 43

  • 29 Belfast // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    I’m not convinced Liverpool are really after him either shirebrook.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Flavio Silva. A 20 year old striker. Played briefly for Torreense. 8 goals in 11 appearances. 2 goals in 3 for the Portugese U19’s. Hard to find anything about him. Owned by Benfica but seems to be having trouble agreeing to loans.

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    It’s Favio Silva, not Favio da Silva by the way lads.

  • 32 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    There is also a 20 year old CF who plays for Benfica B team
    He’s a big lad in the Mitro mould

  • 33 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Should have said played
    He’s a free agent

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Favio’s scrambly bits are excellent by the way…..

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Jib you need to be a bwave soldier -that naughty wugby player injuring you shoulder whatever next.

  • 36 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:33 PM


    Cisse and tiote qualified through French passports I believe, like you say a lot of unknowns with it we will have to wait and see the affect it will have but the impact will be big in my opinion

  • 37 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    You’ve got me sussed Tuff guy
    I’m just a big old soft tart .

  • 38 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Jib/ Mister Tuff

    Cyber crime…..they are the words I was looking for. Only on this blog can you get people threating someone with things like that. It’s a very serious crime, jib thought for some reason I’d report him to Ed….little does he realise if I reported him to the police he’d serve time for making such serious threats. For some reason he thinks because he’s behind a computer it’s okay to behave in that manner. Good job I’m not sensitive

  • 39 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    The money involved with football especially the premier league is too big for there to be blockers in place to stop top talent being able to come to this country. They will make sure something is in place to minimise any potential impact.

  • 40 Ron Knee // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    But would they want to be paid in worthless pounds?

  • 41 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    meanwhile back in the real world we are talking about NUFC

  • 42 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Ron nobody knows but it’s possible the pound has recovered at this point? Even if not then the money involved in the premier league will mean the clubs just pay more worthless pounds lol.

  • 43 bettyswallocks // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Jail would have a field day. Jail for Ashley and Jail for Jib.

  • 44 Ron Knee // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM


    I start collecting my UK pension in September so we shall see!

  • 45 bettyswallocks // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Jib…… I for one would come and visit you.

  • 46 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Nufc 83

    Money has nothing to do with the law, taxes etc won’t matter. A system is in place for all it affects clubs right now which is why they send players to Spain etc to gain experience and also nationality of EU. Carlos Vela is another example of this, if they cut corners on this then they’d cut corners on all immigration and that’s not what ppl voted for and nor will the EU allow this as it means we agree to free movement which we don’t as ppl voted to leave.

  • 47 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM


    It’ll hit your pension harder when we invoke article 50 and leave the EU, anything prior to that will be jitters in the market.

  • 48 bettyswallocks // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Jail for Jib …….

  • 49 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Our toon let’s wait and see as I said most of the examples you used such as cisse would qualify in EU or not due to amount of club games and national games they already had.

  • 50 Ron Knee // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Our Toon

    It might even be ‘frozen’ if Australian pensions are a precedent.

  • 51 hibbitt // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM


    if your depending on your UK pension god help you !!!!

  • 52 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Our toon one thing that is clear is you are very much on the remain side and will probably blame anything and everything on brexit without giving it a chance to succeed.

  • 53 hibbitt // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    at lest your on the new rate in worthless ££££££££££

  • 54 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Been there , done it , got the Tshirt.
    Do you know the joke that ends “come here and suck mommy’s c@ck” ?

  • 55 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    At the end of the day. Pogba is overrated. Sissoko is by far thee better player and is probably worth more than £35m. Wijnaldum is only worth arounde £10 in my opinion. He is also overrated.

    Raphael Guerriero whom we were linked with last year had a great tournament. We should’ve signed him in January. Big mistake.

  • 56 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    What a grade A plonker you are Kets.

  • 57 Ron Knee // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM


    The trouble is it WAS worth something against the euro!

  • 58 bettyswallocks // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Jib…… This must have been you getting the t shirt. Lol.

  • 59 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Most people would agree with me there.

  • 60 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    I think you will find nobody in the world agrees that sissokho is by far the better player against pogba you tool

  • 61 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM


    By the sounds of it you may well be on the leave side and haven’t fully understood the implications of what that really means. I think the EU has to change, I don’t think it works well at present, but leaving it means we have no say in how best to change it.

    I find it ironic that today we have news that May will indeed take over tomorrow….nice handover by Cameron very thorough. Ironic because one of the reasons ppl wanted to leave the EU is they haven’t been voted for by the ppl, unelected is the word. Well the person to grant the majorities wish is an unelected May.

    The only good news in the pound depreciating against other currencies is that our exports will be cheaper to buy. The bad news is that we don’t export a great deal and import a lot and it’s costing us more right now than it did a month ago.

    Doesn’t matter which side we are on what’s done is done, its going to be a long road and hopefully a prosperous one if we can get some early dealing complete.

    As for how this affects footballers and our club, you’ll see this come 2017/18 season when imports are harder to come by and the pound is not as strong meaning our money is no longer good enough….just my opinion!!

  • 62 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Wednesday rather than tomorrow

  • 63 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Ermm, betty wtf? Lmao.

    How are you all? Hope you’re all having a good day…

    On to Hayden, he looks really happy to be here, which makes me think… Guaranteed starting position? Also I’m upset that Saivet has become the forgotten man, in my opinion he is going to be vital for us this season once he adapts. The only reason Rafa didn’t play him last season was because he needed experienced players in the squad for survival. Saivet is going to be loved by all Newcastle fans, watch this space.

  • 64 LGFUAD21 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Guys come on.

    This is a football blog. I respect both of your opinions but we are often divided enough on here as it is without brining the B word into it.

  • 65 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Fair play our toon that’s your opinion and I have mine let’s hope for both our sakes the opinion I have turns out to be the correct one and the country kicks on stronger than before. I honestly believe if everything went pear shaped we would be welcomed back into the EU with our tail between our legs so in my opinion it’s worth a shot at making the country great.

  • 66 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM


    We are discussing the B word and the impact it will have on bringing players from abroad.

    Betty – that’s a funny picture, looks a bit thin for a country rugby player though

  • 67 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    County not country

  • 68 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Watching the videos on Hayden I think he could be a gem. I only rate Tiote in the cdm position out of all we have (not seen enough of Saviet) due to his physical presence which is what you need IMO. Hayden look powerful but very comfortable on the ball without trying to be flashy like Tiote does at times.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Betty – as soon as Jib sees that second image he’ll be straight round to the local cop shop -and admit that he stole Shergar and is masquerading as Lord Lucan.
    Jib ” Officer I’ve been vewy naughty I need to go to pwison”.

  • 70 Our Toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM


    I hope your opinion is right mate and I’m wrong mate, I really do. Going back with our tail between our legs isn’t an option though as we’d have to adopt the euro as a currency and won’t get back the special deals we had in place previously. Hopefully they set a loophole for the premier league in terms of visas etc.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that and we prove we truly are better without, they won’t make it easy though!!

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Ketsy are you carrying on again? Calm down lad. Sissoko is worth exactly what somebody is willing to pay for him. It may be 20M. It may be 30M but I doubt it. He has no finish in him. Great to get the ball out of your own end but then things fizzle out.

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    First little teaser interview with Rafa by your Senior Official Club Journo:
    G2: Rafa, it’s so good to meet you. It’s all right to call you Rafa isn’t it?
    Rafa: For you G2 anything is possible. So call me Rafa until further notice.
    G2: Excellent. Rafa, Rumour has it that you’re trying to re-sign the Belgium midget strikers?
    Rafa: Unfortunately no G2. I went over to Brussels to visit them. They were both extremely hung over. One of them, Baptiste I think it was kept ramming his head into the walls of the flat. Very disturbing. They looked out of shape as well. Antoine said he’s hiring a trainer but I have my doubts. The neighbours begged me to take them away….. very sad.
    G2: Ahhh. I see. Yes that is a real disappointment. But how is Phil Gristle doing?
    Rafa: Phil is most excellent. A fine all-rounder. Still for the development squad however. We’ll have our eye on him for the future.
    G2: Well thank you Rafa. I don’t want to keep you too long. I know you’re still after a few top players. We’ll be watching…..

  • 73 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Current team vs Fulham:


    De Jong

    I feel like we are lacking a creative no. 10? That’s if Sissoko and Wijnaldum are sold. I guess there’s De Jong? Maybe.

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    I would see Anita in ahead of Mbabu based on the end of last season YMFB mate. Probably Perez to start in place of Aarons as well. Aarons off the bench. Colback to start ahead of Saivet or Hayden. People underestimate Colback.

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I’m really curious to see who actually does get sold. Neither Sissoko or Wini want to stay I don’t think, so at least one of them will go. Surely Krul will go. Same for De Jong. Really disappointed in what happened with him.

  • 76 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    G2, I actually managed to somehow forget about Colback. Not really a good sign for someone who has been here for 2 years. Hayden reminds me of Nzonzi and I really dont know why but I feel like we could use his experience of the championship over Colback. I really liked Anita in that position so I wouldn’t mind either.

  • 77 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    I’m pretty sure Gayle will start the season as first choice also due to the fact mitro is suspended.

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Some people still insisting Rafa is not a god. Mainly the Ibiza faction I believe. Well it just isn’t true. I spoke with him today (see Belgian midget strikers interview). Did you all know that Rafa poops gold nuggets for example? Well he does. He also actually flings himself through the air for short trips instead of taking a car. Amazing really……

  • 79 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    I’m at the point where I would rather we didn’t have Gini or Sissoko. How much effort are they going to put In for the cause? Gini looks like he’s playing the victim to me.

  • 80 lochinvar // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    How do you upset Mackem and England fans in one fell swoop

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is to be interviewed for the England manager’s job this week. (Guardian)
    Tonight he’s heading back to the UK….

  • 81 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Ahahahahahahahaha! That is the funniest thing I’ve seen on here today lochinvar mate. Big Sam brings hoofball to the national team! Huzzah!!!!!

  • 82 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:51 PM


    Completely forgot about that. You’re quite right.

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Did we get that puppy for Mitro yet? We’ve got to get him into a better mood. We can’t have him using the Stare of Death on Championship referees too early in the season…. Harrumph.

  • 84 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:01 PM


    I – Sam just been mentioned on BBC North East News – Look North as favourite for the England Job.

    Ho Ho Ho!!!

  • 85 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Is anyone worried that we still lack creativity ?

    Teams are going to park the bus against us quite a lot a lot of the games will be like the Villa away game where we couldn’t break teams down

  • 86 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Derby County have turned down a bid of £3m from Burnley for midfielder Jeff Hendrick, Sky sources understand.

    Wouldn’t mind us getting him all action midfielder although suspect Derby will not sell him to a championship rival

  • 87 Nufc-83 // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Lee Charnley we will have enough. I really think with movement in front of him like Gayle shelvey will pick teams apart he really suffered with the static mitro and nobody running behind last season. I think De Jong has that ability also. I think Richie will provide plenty of assists and Aarons will rip it up aswell.

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Good positivity on here today. Very nice vibes.

  • 89 Jib // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Just been checking out Theresa May’s likely next cabinet
    The most Northerly MP is Stourbridge which is SW of Birmingham.

    The majority are South Coast or Home Counties.

    The most Northerly May has been for any length of time is Oxford University.

    The NE is screwed !


  • 90 Rafa Revolution // Jul 11, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    I voted to leave and I’m glad we are….

    On football is this Silva kid any good?

  • 91 Ibizatoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Jib…It may be the time, but this isn’t the place.

    Goes for a lot of people it seems…politics really don’t belong on this blog.

    Anyway…interesting progress at the club. Been crazy busy with Ibiza summer, so have only barely managed to keep up with the new signings and a few snippets here and there. Would love for the club to be able to get £35m for Sissoko. I’m certainly not going to talk down his fee.

  • 92 Yo-yo // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    No hippo-heid as manager has to be a hood thing and for those of you looking forward to the World Cup qualifiers
    Spot the Englishman

  • 93 Yo-yo // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM


  • 94 Ibizatoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Yo Yo…Your boys did you proud. Saw that team of the tournament earlier. Not sure I get why they only could pick from the semi finalists.

    Has Hippo head ruled himself out?

  • 95 Belfast // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    So what’s yer opinion on the new prime minister Ibiza? Would you give her yer last rolo?

  • 96 Belfast // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    I wouldn’t but I’d give her my beans if they weren’t heinz.

  • 97 Ibizatoon // Jul 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Belfast…Well, if we’re talking sweeties…

    Stop leading me astray…you ghastly creature. I have been blog cleansed and shall not be having any of your nonsense.

    Saying that, I do have to go, so, erm, as you were…back to May and your…Rolos…if that’s what you call it.

  • 98 Munster Mag // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    He looks like an athlete. Reckon he could do well . Mind you I saw some gooner blog where the blogger said he hadn’t been a success at Hull? Dunno, I like the look of hm.

  • 99 cyprus // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Love the posts with the finances. ‘Sissoko is useless. Now, with the 35 mil we’ll get for him, etc. etc.’

    Do you see what you’re saying? The contradiction? No? 🙂

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Ahh there you are Ibiza mate. We were just discussing Rafa’s god status. I place him above Zeus in the superstar god category. Having interviewed him earlier today I can say this: he’s confident but not cocky, and wild but not wooly. There’s no wool on this man mate. A total winner. Please reconsider your previous estimate of him. Harrumph…..

  • 101 jimmysmith // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Money talks, so if the right offer comes in, and the player wants the move, you’d think Rafa will sanction it. Certainly you’d expect at least one of Widjnaldum or Sissoko to go, because they will be pursued by good clubs and there is so much money sloshing around, but also because both want to play in the middle, so one of them is going to be less happy. I’d still like to keep them both, because to be a top 3rd epl club you need half a dozen of their quality, and losing the only two or three you have doesn’t seem the ideal way to start going about it.

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    We’ll use the money from player sales well. Rafa will that is. He’ll bring in the right mix of experience and new young talent. We’ll get to grips with the Championship quickly. I’m hoping for a good cup run as well. Remember Ibiza, this man is not wooly. Jesper is wooly, Rafa is beyond all that. He’ll lead us to the promised land. Milk, honey and silverware. That’s what we’re in for mate.

  • 103 Novocastrian66 // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Not sure about Hayden. Doesn’t look like he ripped it up for Hull last season having made around 18 appearances. Suppose I’ll have to wait and see.

  • 104 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Rafa must have liked something about Hayden Novo mate. For example I’ve learned he’s a very accomplished whistler and banjo player. Should be loads of fun at team get-togethers. He’s a clog dancer as well apparently. Every team needs one…..

  • 105 Novocastrian66 // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Yo-yo. Cannot argue with Bale and Ramsay, not sure about Williams though. I would have Chiellini before him every time.

  • 106 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Spot on Novo @105. Much better defender.

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Apparently the 32nd best player at the tournament was Rooney. He was seen to dribble well (just clean it up afterwards Wayne)…..

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    And he’s dead sexy with his new hair plugs…..

  • 109 Novocastrian66 // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    G2; I prefer the ukelele, that’s why I’m not sure about him.

  • 110 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Well, you’ll all be relieved to hear that I’m off for a bit. I’m re-stringing my zither…..

  • 111 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Hmmm. That’s a concern then Novo mate. But you’re all right with the clog dancing?

  • 112 Novocastrian66 // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Don’t like dancing full stop. Unless it was the Ali shuffle.

  • 113 Novocastrian66 // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Looking at that BBC team of the tournament again, I would put Boateng centre half and Mattia De Sciglio at right back. That kid is class.

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Excellent Novo mate. Now, I’m also concerned about the absence of beermonkey. I sent him off earlier in the summer to moisten a few back pockets. Status report please beermonkey……

  • 115 loonie-toon // Jul 11, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    I seen summit earlier about santon wanting come bk to the NE but not to Sunderland lol

  • 116 welshgeordie9 // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Sissoko has posted a message on Twitter after the European Championships final in Paris on Sunday night.

    In the message Sissoko, capped 42 times by France, thanks several parties, including “Newcastle and their extraordinary supporters for helping him develop as a player and discover the English championship.”

    The message is translated from French below:

    “The Euros finished last night. Unfortunately it didn’t finished how we hoped, how you hoped. We felt the incredible and magical support of France and French people. I want to take the chance to thank you all.

    “To my club Newcastle which allowed me to develop as a player and to discover the English Championship. To the extraordinary fans who have always supported me. I say thank you to all of them.”

    Is this a goodbye message or something.

  • 117 welshgeordie9 // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    That was from a site HITC.

  • 118 Yo-yo // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:33 PM


    Denials that H-heid has been approached by the FA. Hope its true. He’s nowhere near good enough. I’d go for a foreign coach like the rugby side have.


    Ramsey was the best Welsh player over the whole tournament for me. We really missed him in the semis. But then Pepe is pretty good, was excellent last night and he was missed by the Portuguese.

    Personally I’d say Williams was Mr Motivator but the other two Welsh CBs are probably better technically, so I’d agree with you there.

    Interesting mix of players off both punters and pundits though. I am very sad that there were no English players in the frame.

  • 119 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    How anyone can still want Sissoko to stay after his shambolic performances in a NUFC shirt is beyond me.

    £35m? Having a laugh. I’d flog him for less than £10m just to be rid of the cretinous waste of oxygen.

  • 120 Yo-yo // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    We’re in a new era now Ruddy.

  • 121 WWSBRD // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Transfers are about the head not the heart, 35 mill is a fair price for the player he is certainly to NUFC as he’s probably our best player

  • 122 welshgeordie9 // Jul 11, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Ruddy, that’s a bit harsh.

  • 123 bettyswallocks // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Welshie……. I saw this and thought of you:-

  • 124 expatmag // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM


    Re Sissoko….stupid comment really.You know he us worth more than 10 million.

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