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Newcastle Seem To Have A Real Talent On Their Books

Gary Bowyer had two seasons at the Blackpool manager before he resigned from the club last summer.

He took over The Tangerines on 1 June 2016, on a one-year rolling contract, following the club’s relegation to EFL League Two.

Bowyer guided Blackpool to an immediate promotion back to EFL League One in his very first season in charge.

Last season Blackpool had Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff in his side, and they finished 12th of 24 teams with 60 points in League One – 11 points short of a playoff position.

Sean Longstaff in action for Blackpool last season

Bowyer has been talking about how impressive Sean was at Blackpool.

This is what Gary Bowyer has said on the Newcastle website:

“He had a fabulous year for me, for the club and obviously for himself and Newcastle.

“He came in and scored some wonderful goals – you put some of them on Twitter! He’s got fantastic ability and he’s a fantastic lad as well.”

“He wants to get better and that was the big thing about him; he was always looking to improve, always in the office looking at his clips for ways he could get better.”

“Personally, as a coach and as a manager, I’m delighted to see the progress he’s made in pre-season.”

“I was fortunate enough to be in Nottingham two weeks ago and watched him make his debut there. “

“The last time I saw one of the players that I’d worked with make his debut was Phil Jones, at Forest ironically, so if he can go and do what Phil Jones has done then he’ll be alright!

“But on a serious note, he’s got a lot of talent and he’s got a good family behind him that really support him and push him.”

“And working with Rafa Benítez, he’s got a great opportunity to improve his game even further now.”

“Hopefully he breaks through and becomes a regular for Newcastle.”

Those are good encouraging words from Bowyer about Sean Longstaff.

Sean played 45 games for Blackpool with 9 goals and 6 assists last season

And with Sean so keen to improve and with an excellent attitude – he’s a lad who also keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

Sean has a fantastic opportunity to improve this season coached by Rafa Benitez, although the manager may allow him to go out on loan in January to get some first-team games under his belt.

When we’ve watched Sean, he’s looked a good player in the Newcastle first team.

We are hoping he can improve by leaps and bounds this season under the expert guidance of Rafa Benitez.

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28 comments so far

  • the ledge

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    jib you forgot you and jane

  • the ledge

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    jasper and catchy

  • the ledge

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    bladeloser and welshswan

  • the ledge

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    anyone i am missing?

  • the ledge

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    toon22 and Ashley

  • the ledge

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    is St James as run down as they say ?I have not been over in a few years

  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    the ledge @6 – I can only report on the part I use – the Leazes Sports Bar – you do feel it could do with a lick of paint and in the gents toilet one of the taps and one of the hand driers have been broken for at least a season and never repaired.

  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    bit of good news just before the SD agm will add a bit more pressure from the shareholders

  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    the ledge

    the whole stadium is looking tired and worn
    maintenance has been cut to a minimum, even changing a light bulb now takes weeks

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Hibbit – stick to stuff you know !!!
    Like the bogs at SJP

    SD has a 19% shareholding in JS sports
    ya pillock – they’ll be ecstatic.

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    JD even ha ha

  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    it might have 19% shareholding in JS sports but it sold its shareholding in JD sports a while ago now

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    “Sports Direct, which has a reputation for investing in rival retailers, previously owned shares in JD Sports but sold its entire £12.5million stake in 2016”

    From this article https://tinyurl.com/y8k8efvb

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Nope they re-established a shareholding in March with JD’s
    purchase of Finish Line in the US.
    Keep up son

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry, Jib, I don’t see it. All I can see are stories saying SD disposed of their Finish Line shares when JD Sports bought the company. I guess it could have happened through transfer of JD Sports shares to Sports Direct, but I imagine they wouldn’t do that having got rid of SD influence on them already.


    I’m gonna need to see some evidence before I believe you.

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    need to see some evidence before I believe you.

    very wise

    Mr Tuff can confirm I do get stuff wrong

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    SD gained the thick end of £90M from
    the Front Line sale
    Now – wasn’t their something about SD
    acquiring a chain of high street stores
    this summer for about £90M ?

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Ah ha, now I believe that random speculation at #18 far more than I believe your assertion at #14


  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib – you seem to have omitted the word “most” in your post @17.
    Should read :-
    Mr Tuff can confirm I do get MOST stuff wrong.

    Jib – I have warned you in the past about your inability to decipher Google searches. You are indeed the blog thicko.

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Mr Tuff
    I know

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #22

    You can’t really argue with what Kevin just said about fat Mike!

    …disastrous owner!

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s much nicer to be called a thicko rather than a shill


  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25


    Some things never change and it’s comforting to see that the accuracy of your posts remains at its usual standard.


    As far as I can see the shareholders and their advisors can’t unseat Ashley as he owns a majority of SD shares – 61% is it? They can bloody his nose or even sell their shares but they’ll probably take a haircut from doing so.

    The negative publicity that seems to be clinging to Ashley can’t do any harm to the Mag Group’s cause and I wouldn’t be surprised if the media at large picks up on it. The trouble is, he’s got skin like a rhino!

    With a bit of luck, Ashley will suffer a major health scare that forces him to get the hell out of our club. Little chance though – they richer they are, the healthier they are.

  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #26

    I can only apologise for my faults
    One thing I do know
    You’ll be brown bread long before Mike Ashley

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #27

    lesh, even if Ashley had to step down due to ill health, he has a parasitic son-in-law who he places in charge of assets he can’t be bothered to manage on stupid high salaries. We’d be bound to be saddled with him or another of Ashley’s minions.

    The only way we’ll be rid is if he sells. He’ll only do that once he has no more use for us or if we become too painful for him to hold onto.

  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #28


    Sad to say you’re probably right about his son in law prolonging the misery – unless they’re all struck with something nasty!


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