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Yoshinori Muto – Newcastle Have Been Fantastic – Club Well Known In Japan

Yoshinori Muto was thrilled to come to Newcastle, and it was good he was able to get a visa to complete the move.

Muto has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he says it’s difficult for Japanese players to come to England – you need to be part of the Japanese International team to get a visa.

There is now more interest in Newcastle from the Japanese media now he is at the club.

Japan did quite well in the World Cup in Russia this summer, and the biggest story for them was the way they left their dressing room so clean and pristine after their 3-2 defeat by Belgium.

And they left a thank you note to their Russian hosts.

Japanese dressing room after their final game against Belgium

A little bit of class shown there.

Muto is very keen to be a big success at Newcastle, and this is what he has said in his interesting interview:

“There has been quite a big reaction in Japan.” “I would like to contribute to results so we get more attention back home.”

“I can speak English but it’s not perfect. The club have been fantastic and I am grateful to come to this club.”

“The fans have been wonderful. I would like to get good results and help the club.”

“This is a big challenge, but I feel like I can contribute to the club in some capacity.”

“I want to score goals or contribute to results.”

“Because of the visa requirement, it is difficult for Japanese players to come to England.”

“You have to play for the national team to do so.” “It is hard for them at the moment, that is why it is one of the top leagues in the world.”

“I know Newcastle is a big club because of Alan Shearer.” “This club has been a traditional big club. That is known in Japan.”

“I wasn’t able to play that long. On a personal level I am not happy about that.”

“As a team the last game against Belgium we put in a great performance.”

“If small details were different we might have got a different result.”

“It’s our normal way of doing things (the way they cleaned their dressing room – shown above).  It is to show the gratitude of using their facilities.”

“We always do it, even if it is a training game.” “We acted as normal and it got attention.”

“If we clean little by little maybe we can get slightly better.” “I wouldn’t be happy leaving places dirty. It is a normal thing in Japan.”

“It isn’t the same here or in Germany. It is a cultural difference.”

“There aren’t big differences. In Germany there are certain days that are open to the fans.”

“Here the training is away from the fans. The set-up in England is centered about football.”

“I’m not sure that particular game was something that impressed him.

“After playing in Germany for three years to get the offer to play in England I had a real desire to test myself in this league.”

“Rafa wanted me as a player which is a huge thing anyway. I wasn’t prepared to miss out.”

We now look forward to Muto being a massive success on Tyneside this season.

The lad certainly has the temperament and character to be successful at Newcastle.

And he could become a big favorite on Tyneside if he can knock in those goals for us this season.

Here’s hoping.

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55 comments so far

  • martoon

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    This will give Ashley ideas – he could save money on the cleaners and just get Muto to do it :mrgreen:

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Completely agree Ed. If Muto can be a massive success it will be great. Massive is more.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa is spot on about being able to challenge and that the regional location of nufc has little to do with it. Napoli is a good example and similar to nufc in many ways with the raucous fanbase, love of a hero like Maradona etc. I think Rafa might need to build us from the ground up though. Ashley will be more receptive to young players who can be developed, than 20m purchases. Longstaff will make the grade with us I think. Bobbybee must be v disappointed to see arma go but I never thought he would fit Rafa and if Rafa is the expert that we feel he is, then arma ain’t good enough. Big pity though.

  • AncientC

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    I would be interested to see if Muto and Perez can play up front together; they are quite similar in style so could interchange positions. Let’s be honest, if Perez doesn’t start clicking with somebody, his days as a starter are numbered with Muto challenging him.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    I was wondering at Frenchy’s mockery of Rafa’s
    frequent use of the word “massive” (he picked that
    up at LPool) and was wondering how good his
    Spanish is – when bingo !!!
    I remembered the twat was outed as a Mackem
    17 months ago

    The overrated Frenchman
    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:31 AM
    Comment #14
    Personally I think my criticism of the Fat Spanish Waiter/ Portly Paella Pot/
    Goateed Gutlord/ Midriff of Madrid is always fair and balanced.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    TOF I think Rafa will stick with Perez over muto if it comes to choosing a 10. I think we play 4411 and the 10 is perez although he was poor last week. Mind you so was Rafa and the whole team more or less. Really short of motivation.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    The old ‘he’s a mackem” refrain Jib. You are tenacious if nothing else.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    I see Frenchy’s sarcasm went straight over Munster’s head.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Beauden Barrett is beating the Wallabies on his own !!!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    IMO Rafa is really endorsing the method by which the Magpie group is organising the protests against the owner.


  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    The only thing we can read into Rafa’s comments is that he’s doing what he’s paid to do and being totally professional while he’s at it.

    Why would Rafa sign a rolling contract? To dine of the same crap that Ashley’s been serving up over the years? No way.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone registered with the Telegraph, care to ‘copy paste’ this article please?


  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone who is a Twitter user know why the #NUFC page has changed?

    I do not have a Twitter account but used to be able to view all the “latest” posts, but now there is only a type of summary of posts.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Just an opinion old fruit
    We’ll see in Spring won’t we ?

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Japan were very unlucky against Belgium as Belgium’s first goal was a fluke.

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Lindisfarne @ 10
    Fully agree.
    Rafa is endorsing as clearly as he possibly could do, given that he has to try and maintain a tricky balance here, and keep players together,motivated to perform..

  • toon22

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    MA is a greedy vile lump of a “man”
    Untill hes gone we will never compete in the preme
    Were a profitable advert
    But were starting to get to him,or his croneys wouldnt be crawling out of the woodwork defending him

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    The NUFC twitter is same as it ever was (apologies to
    talking heads) with me .
    You must have inadvertently changed settings on your device

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s too early jib!

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    What you say is an opinion held by many and oft repeated
    Any chance you could say something else ?

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    “Why would Rafa sign a rolling contract?”

    £5m+ a year

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    IF not so many turn out tomorrow at 1pm tomorrow, in the rain, 3 hours before kick off, it will be seized upon as some kind of fail. Not so. Don’t believe the PR juggernaut.
    It’s a process, coming from all angles. And this protest is one facet of the big picture.
    Those who can will hopefully come along anyway.
    Howay the fans.
    Not blowing over by September!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23


    Probably due to the account I never used being eradicated. Still the upside is none of the endless adverts etc.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Funny thing about the Wallabies Jib, and I’m not taking the piss here, unless you live in Queensland or New South Wales, you wouldn’t know where or when they are playing and you wouldn’t know the name of the players even. Even in those two states League is 95% of the rugby fan base.

  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26


    If you were Ashley, I suspect that even you wouldn’t be happy at Rafa mailing his colours to the fans’ mast. Rafa’s a thorn in Ashley’s side and the owner’s reputation, lack of ingoing investment of the club’s money in and whole sense of purpose for it and are being exposed for all to see.

    Ashley won’t sack Rafa before summer unless things look really bad at Christmas and even then, he’d get a lot of flack. So, he’ll keep his fingers crossed in the hope that Rafa has comfortably positioned by the end of the 2018 then let his contract end.

    Unless you, Jib, can persuade Ashley to see the sense and sit with Rafa and agree aims and targets, a strategy and a budget, both long and short term to achieve them. Come on bonny lad, show Ashley the way to move Newcastle United into or close to the so called big clubs.

  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Ron Knee

    I may be wrong but aren’t club’s expected to have and maintain dialogue with fan groups such as the Forum? If so, surely the club could be challenged by whichever governing body’s responsible?

    By the looks of that Mag article, no invitations and agenda have been issued so unless they arrive on the reps’ door at very soon, the FF meeting ain’t gonna happen – again. That might be a cue to let the media pickup the story and see how Charnley explains that one away.

    The bastards are really sticking their fingers up at the fans – in true Ashley fashion.

  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    * club’s??

    Let’s try it without the grocers’ apostrophe!

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    “So, he’ll keep his fingers crossed in the hope that Rafa has comfortably positioned by the end of the 2018 then let his contract end.”

    are you suggesting Ashley wouldn’t renew Rafa’s contract?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    The irony in the unremarkable jane’s post when she says that some posters aren’t clued up. It/she/him then goes on to say that Rafa would sign on purely for the 5M+ a year. He has stated that his salary is not the priority and it’s safe to say any of the PL clubs he could join could pay 6M a year. You’re either very stupid or a blatant WUM Jane.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Our resident Wormtongue.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32


    Mike Ashley by numbers and why Dennis Wise is wrong over Newcastle’s current state

    There comes a point when an argument reaches a deadlock, when neither side is willing to back down and there is no hope of changing anyone’s mind. Victory is impossible, winning the debate is infuriatingly elusive.

    That is where we are when it comes to Mike Ashley’s time as Newcastle United owner. An 11-year reign that has left supporters embittered, those of us who have covered every day of his reign infuriated, yet Ashley and his allies remain steadfastly bemused by the vehement opposition to him.

    While much has been written here and elsewhere about why Ashley remains a hopeless football club owner, there has been a lot said since by others trying to defend the retail billionaire, most recently by Dennis Wise, a former Newcastle employee, appointed by Ashley for a brief and unsuccessful stint as Executive Director (Football) in 2008.

    According to Wise, during an appearance on Bein Sports– and his argument has been mimicked elsewhere by various pundits and commentators on a variety of platforms over the last few weeks – Newcastle are in a far better position now, both as a business and a football team, than they were when Ashley took over in 2007.

    The argument goes like this. Ashley is a businessman who inherited a debt-ridden operation and turned it into a stable, self-sufficient business, who has backed all his managers in the transfer market with as much money as he is able, while simultaneously making the club as competitive as it can possibly be. It is a well-versed narrative and it can be persuasive.

    Newcastle are financially stable, even though the debt has actually risen, in the form of interest free loans from Ashley. This cannot be dismissed as an irrelevance.

    But there is more to football than a balance sheet; far more. To argue Newcastle are in a better position now than they were in 2007 is misleading at best.

    So, where this is so often an emotive debate, let me bring some cold hard statistics. Forget about the aborted renaming of the stadium, the shoddy treatment of hugely popular figures like Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer, Jonas Gutierrez and Chris Hughton, as well several false promises made by Ashley in rare television interviews and official club statements, this is about the numbers.

    Where feelings can cloud judgement, let me offer some facts and figures. I may not change your mind, I may well be preaching to the converted, but if the debate is not over, it should be.

    Mike Ashley’s reign by the numbers
    Number of relegations before Ashley 0 2 Number of relegations under Ashley
    Average Premier League finish before Ashley 8th 13th Average Premier League finish under Ashley – (does not include two seasons in the Championship)
    Qualification for European Competitions before Ashley 11 1 Qualification for European Competitions under Ashley
    FA Cup Finals before 2007 2 0 FA Cup Finals after 2007
    FA Cup semi-finals before 2007 4 0 FA Cup semi-finals after 2007
    Transfer record paid £16.5m £35m Transfer record received

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #33

    “He has stated that his salary is not the priority”

    doesn’t mean it’s not important. he will get a bigger salary by delaying renewing his contract.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Inherited debt in 2007 £75m (external, accruing interest) £144m (in the form of interest free loans from Ashley) Current debt
    Estimated amount spent on players since 2007 £354m (does not include signing on, loan or agent fees) £322m Estimated money received through player sales since 2007
    Estimated net spend since 2007 £32m (does not include signing on, loan or agent fees) £2.6m (does not include, signing on loan or agent fees) Estimated average annual net spend
    Increase in annual media income since 2007 £82m
    Wage bill at end of 2007/8 season (Ashley’s first year in charge) £74.3m £112m (includes £22m in onerous contract provisions and £9.9m promotion bonuses) Wage bill at end of 2016/17 season (last set of accounts)
    Money paid to Newcastle United by Sports Direct for stadium advertising £0 £8.4m Money paid to Sports Direct in five years up to June 2017

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Hatred makes strange bedfellows
    Ron Knee and Jail for Ashley are
    unremitting in their blaming Ashley
    for everything

    One quite an erudite retired schoolteacher

    the other

    a dim ex council plumber who wangled a good
    offshore job.

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    “it’s safe to say any of the PL clubs he could join could pay 6M a year.”

    Rafa will more than likely get more than 6M a year with his new contract here?

    which PL clubs?

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry the last part of the first post and all the second don’t come out well, the second one was the tweet by Chris Holt.

    You can see them here https://twitter.com/bigchrisholt?lang=en

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Gender neutral

  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #39


    Thanks for pasting the Telegraph piece about Wise and the numbers. It seemed to end rather abruptly without making a point – was that it, in its entirety or has some of it disappeared into the ether or put another way, been Bishoped?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    More desperate stuff, Jib.


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