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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Why Doesn’t Peter Peter Beardsley Have This Responsibility?

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Newcastle have Portuguese U-19 international Flavio da Silva on trial with the club at the moment and it seems touch and go whether he will be given a permanent contract at Newcastle.

Favio has now played three times for the U-21 side and Peter Beardsley says he rates him, but then strangely says that  it’s the  head of recruitment Steve Nickson who will have the final say on whether a contract is offered to the lad.

Why is that?


Peter Beardsley – U-21 Development manager
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Lokeren Manager Full Of Praise For Newcastle’s Quality

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 · 38 Comments

67 year-old former Belgian International Georges Leekens is the manager of Lokeren and he admitted after the game yesterday that Newcastle were much the better team and that Rafa Benitez’ side had more class and better technique than Lokeren.

Georges has twice been the Belgium national manager in 1997-1999 and then again in 2010-2012 and he has managed around 20 clubs  in a long management career that started way back in 1984 – so he has lots of experience.

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Georges Leekens is on the left at the press conference yesterday
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→ 38 CommentsTags: Coaching · Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season

This Talented Youngster Causing Buzz In Development Squad

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 · 13 Comments

Peter Beardsley has been praising 20 year-old Moroccan Yasin El-Mhanni as having unbelievable ability ever since he arrived at Newcastle on July 8th, after the Magpies had seen off competition for the youngster from Arsenal, Leicester and Norwich City.

The very skillful youngster has been compared to Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and his terrific skills have already been showcased on Nike commercials with Barcelona’s Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni

20 year-old Yasin El-Mhanni
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Rafa Answers Question About Moussa Sissoko’s Future

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 · 11 Comments

We have known since Rafa Benitez accepted the job long term at Newcastle in May that he didn’t have to sell any players from a financial viewpoint and Rafa was hoping to keep most of his top players at the club, unless some big offers came in and met Newcastle’s high valuations of those players.

But we have lost Andros Townsend (£13M) to Crystal Palace and Gini Wijnaldum (£25M)to Liverpool, so we have picked up a cool £38M for those two players and we are not short of money.

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Moussa Sissoko – will be a distraction when he returns
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This Player Could Become A Top Right Midfielder

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 24 Comments

My son Neil has been saying for quite some time now that Daryl Janmaat shouldn’t be sold because he would make  an excellent right winger (midfielder) with his attacking abilities.

His defensive qualities are not as good as his attacking qualities when he plays at right back, although he would obviously be good at tracking back if he did play on the right wing.

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Daryl Janmaat – would make a good right winger
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