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Isaac Hayden’s Difficult Family Situation – In His Own Words

With Isaac Hayden ready to leave Newcastle in the summer for family reasons we thought it may be helpful for fans to rerun the interview he did on March 2nd for the Sun.

In his own words, Isaac talks about how difficult things were before his daughter Adriana was born and how difficult it was for him to play for Newcastle last season.

Isaac makes some excellent points about how important it is to be a real father in life.

We find it very difficult to criticize the 25-year-old wanting to be closer to his fiance Laura and baby daughter.

It’s just that he’s playing so well for Newcastle now since he came into the side last December.

We never thought Isaac could even play as well as he has done over the last five months and he’s been so consistent too.

Isaac Hayden – training in Spain earlier this year

As we’ve said before he is also becoming a leader at Newcastle – both on and off the field.

It looks like fatherhood has done Hayden a world of good – and it certainly makes you grow up very quickly!

This is what Isaac said in The Sun in early March about his situation:

“My daughter’s birth and everything leading up to it was very traumatic, not many people know what it was really like.”

“My fiancée was very, very ill for the whole term of her pregnancy, the whole nine months.”

“She was bed-ridden, couldn’t do anything. She was being sick 20-30 times a day. She had hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition that Kate Middleton had.”

“She was going into hospital to be put on drips. She was in Newcastle at that point, but her family is based in the South West, mine’s in Essex and she really had no support.”

“When Adriana was born in December 2017, she was six weeks premature and then she was in neo-natal care.”

“She had problems with her breathing and temperature control.”

“She was in the Portland Hospital in London. While all that was happening, trying to play football was difficult.”

“She’s doing OK now, but there are still a lot of things, little checks, and stuff, and we like to use the same hospital for her specific needs.”

“I want to be in a place for my daughter to settle down and have a happy home environment and not be moving around too much.”

“Lauren  has done an awful lot for me and given up a lot to have a child.”

“Looking back, I don’t know how she did it. She deserves to be in a position where she’s happy, where’s she’s closer to her family and closer to the hospital.”

“Money isn’t everything. It’s about the time you spend with children, the effort you put in. I want to know her.”

“I don’t want to miss her walking for the first time, talking, all those things. I want to be a proper dad.”

Good for him.

Now is there any way we can do that – and still keep this lad playing for Newcastle United?


Comments welcome.

311 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #1

    had the pleasure of meeting Isaac on quite a few occasions and you could not meet a more genuine generous guy. what ever he decides over the coming weeks good luck to him and his family now and in the future a true gentleman

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    This is a old interview.

    Hayden has done great of late, totally understand why he wants to and will still get a move.

    His daughter is his priority so unless theres been a radical change for his bairn and lass he’ll still leave in the summer.

    He should have a few suitors and I reckon we’ll get around £18m with add ons for him.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d love to keep Hayden, not fussed on Diame or Shelvey.

  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #4

    i think if the family side of it could be sorted he would stay he genuinely seems to love it up here, but till it is a move is definitely on the cards

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #5

    “Now is there any way we can do that – and still keep this lad playing for Newcastle United?”

    Yep, Mike Ashley could offer him use of his helicopter whenever he needs to use it. He could be with his family within 2 hours of a match finishing, then back up for training two days later. It might not be ideal, but it’s the kind of gesture which is perhaps the clincher on a deal.

    Will it happen? I think we all know the answer there….

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Joey Barton on tonight’s game with them down the road.

    “We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    “As a former Newcastle player, I expect to get a very ‘friendly’ reception.

    “It would be very pleasing to send them back with tears in their eyes”


  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #7


    I reckon so

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Love to see Ajax win tonight and go on to win the final, that’ll be a poke in the eye for the mega clubs!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 30, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Re the Barton incident, was he the actual assailant, was someone else in the fray, something appeared in the news which seemed to suggest it was, someone else?

  • martoon

    Apr 30, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Hayden and his lass have had an awful time but seem to be over the worst of it. Without wanting to sound harsh check up care could easily be transferred to a Newcastle hospital so they could move but I understand she probably wants to be near her family. A shame for Hayden because he’ll probably not get as good a gig as he has at nufc!

  • Mag52

    Apr 30, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #11

    If we had eleven players with the modesty, work ethic, and sheer ability of Isaac Hayden, we’d be up there competing with the best in the PL.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #12

    I never believed for a minute he deliberately got himself sent off, I don’t think any player would do that in the dressing room we have.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #13
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #14

    just wish the Fat One would get Rafa signed up …

    Newcastle United make approach for Jan Carlos Hurtado…

    point is . is he any good ?…

  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #15
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Nearly 500 have signed so far!

  • Mag52

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #17



  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    That’s my (first) vote cast.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #19

    What’s the number of votes now, Rob?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #20

    No way any player tries to get sent off. Their teammates would go off it and they would instantly become unemployable. Unless they were under instruction of course.

    Hayden was suffering from a lack of match fitness and a bit of over eagerness. Nothing more.

    It was day daft and he held his hands up and admitted so immediately.

    Anyway it feels like a long time ago now

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Oops I didn’t check.

    Two ticks

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #22


  • jane

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Rafa is going to stay.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    1100+ now.

  • Online Guy

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t want Rafa to comprimise in any way for Ashley, to stay here on a promise that Ashley will Welch /welsh on .

    Yes men just do what the owner tells them to do and manage within the constraints placed on them by Ashley in our case.

    Ashley’s constraints mean no ambition and no cups .

    We exsist as a money making entity only and not as Sporting Football club .

    Why oh why does Mike Ashley own us ?

    All the wrong reasons . He has anaesthetised the Club and lowered any ambition the Supporters once had.

    Rafa is a proud man and if Ashley shows no ambition and not give Rafa what is required to thrive on the pitch then Rafa is entitled to walk and no one will blame him.

    It will expose Ashley to the nation as a Charlaton with no ambition other than to promote SD and channel monies made by the club into commercial enterprise that have nothing to do with NUFC

    He pays a pittance for advertising , after 11 years of free advertising ..he’s still not paying for it in real terms..as he takes monies in other ways .

    Not to mention the Merchandising.. he’s trousered a fortune for the land at the Gallowgate and took 9 MILLION POUNDS for his own personal bank account .

    Stopping us from ever expanding the ground , how’s that for greed and short term gain ?

    Anyone going to the planning meeting ? Get your objections in early with Newcastle city council .
    Your objections will have to be noted and addressed .

    My objection is on the grounds of they are about to take away land that is for public amenity and can not be built upon if it stops that public right. That’s in simplistic terms as it’s complicated but possibly valid.

    Rafa ..if Ashley messes you around , Walk . No one will blame you.

  • Online Guy

    Apr 30, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #26


  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #27

    I noticed Munster name checked me earlier in negotiations, now the buzz word compromise has cropped up. At the moment we 100% know that Sels, Lazaar, Hanley and Gamez were Rafas choices along with Ritchie, Gayle, Hayden, Diame, Clarke, Yedlin, Daryl Murphy, Atsu. We also know that he pursued Almiron, was determined to get Lejuene and Rondon. What we don’t know is, if he really wanted Schar or Ki, Muto or J Murphy, did he really want Joselu or Manquillo. I think Munster wants this inertia to remain is so that he still has the option of blaming the manager when things go wrong,I think he’s worried that if Rafa gets to bring in his own choices more will work out than not and he can’t point to Schar and Ki as perhaps being Churnley’s mate’s choices.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Colo 100% got himself sent off against Everton that time.
    I’ve watched it again and again on you tube but can’t seem to find it now?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Where’s all this love for Ajax come from, it’s an Englidh club playing and I’m PSV like every Geordie should be!!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #30

    When you look at what we know about Rafa’s situation it seems likely he will stay because quite simply, he has no real option but to:-

    1/ It’s a FACT! no top PL club will stoop to hiring him as he is nowhere near cutting edge or good enough.

    2/ It’s a FACT! no lower PL clubs will try to get him as they are already sorted for workmanlike managers with unremarkable form.

    3/ It’s a FACT! no foreign team can have him as his family will not allow him to go abroad and BT broadband contract still has 14 months to run.

    He may very well have won every major honour bar the world cup but it’s patently obvious he is stuck in a dead end job here at NUFC – the graveyard of has-been yesterday’s men who are as tactically proficient as a certain Irish Man’s backside. 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Come on Spurs!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Saying that, Sissoko makes me sick, I honestly don’t know why he’s turned it around so much.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #33

    I believe the Welsh have more tactically proficient backsides Tsunki. Where are you getting your information from? Harrumph….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Driving home from Blackpool today we saw three mini buses full of mackems, all the away games I go to are full of coaches, it will be interesting to see how many they took to Fleetwoof?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh dear Sunderland have missed out on automatic promotion!!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Have to admire Ajax’s workrate. Legendary fitness levels from this club still evident. Spurs might get an equaliser but they will find it tougher away i think.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Not the worst ball from Sissoko? It was a goalies training lob!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Ha ha poor mackems playoff misery to come eh?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Neres for Ajax is fantastic we could do with someone of his pace and quality

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh dear, yheh couldn’t DVD get the losers spot right 😮

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