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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

  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #41

    Well done Joey Barton.

  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #42

    I see Patrick Banford has been charged by the FA. For deceiving the Ref. So he should he got the Aston villa player sent off. His red card has been recinded.

  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #43


  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #44

    Aye tough times to come in dutchland-upon-sea for the old spudses. 🙂

  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #45

    In other words a bloody cheat.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #46

    How does this game work? Ajax, full of a team on, purely guessing here 15K a week, please nobody call me a footy know nowt if I’m very wrong on that, how can they beat Juve, then Spurs who are on average about 65K a week. I think Mikey excepts this from Rafa 🙁

  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #47

    Aye poor Spurs. Still they’ve got that lovely shiny new Stadium.

  • one fine day

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #48

    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!!

    Thinks it’s not Ajax specifically jail,
    More just what hey represent in the same way most loved Leicester winning the league .gives us all a bit of hope .
    Personally couldn’t give a toss about Spurs
    They have a midfielder running around they still haven’t paid for in full but can shell out for the shiny new stadium .
    Dele Ali and (England’s )Harry Kane have screwed us over in the last two seasons ,
    come on Ajax. Win the bugger .

  • one fine day

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #49

    Only sad thing about Ajax is that this team will never be allowed to its full potential as the big boys will come. In and dismantle it to restore order .
    Imagine the team benfica could have year in year out if they didn’t sell off every kid of promise

  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2019 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #50

    Mackems missed out on a draw tonight loosing a 95th minute winning goal to big time club Fleetwood…..have to wonder if the mackems were throwing the match to try to engineer who they play in the play offs.
    Apparently their finances are wrecked as well after two seasons of relegation.
    Not a happy place

  • Munster Mag

    May 1, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #51

    Jail as usual you’re talking manure. As you know I want rafa here to stay like other fans. Makes sense all round. But because I feel that every manager has to be looked at in terms of the positives and negatives. I can’t understand that if rafa signs a duffer, you blame it on charnley. Logic would suggest that rafa accepted all the players, even without bouncing for joy about having to settle on rubbish like joselu. But in your bizarre world where rafa cannot be apportioned any form of blame, he has to be absolved of transfer errors by blaming charnley. Strange. Again, don’t try to lie about me wanting Pearson or Pearce ahead of rafa. No thanks. I doubt Bill shankley got as much latitude as rafa. Either was I’m thrilled if he can stay, but if he buys a lszaar or a Murphy, let’s call it for what it is, a recruitment error. Not a hanging offence, but an error.

  • NY Mag

    May 1, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #52

    Martoon, Hibbet

    Sorry I didn’t respond to you from way earlier (I got tied up with work…..don’t you just hate it when work gets in the way of the blog)

    I agree with everything you say…….as a fan we all want Rafa to be given what he wants and left to do things his way.

    I was simply trying to hypothesize what might be going on from a completely neutral perspective. I honestly believe this is battle for control – Rafa wants more of it and the club heirachy don’t want to give too much of it away.

    With respect to Rafa and Ashley meeting face to face, I would imagine that would be a last resort if an agreement cannot be reached through Charnley. And the club asking Rafa to submit his wants / needs / proposals again for me is a sign of acquiescence on their behalf. The fact that they haven’t responded bodes well as any immediate response was always likely to be a negative one.

    Maybe I’m way off the mark…..but I’m just trying to cling to some hope that Rafa will stay.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 1, 2019 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #53

    Here are Rafa’s options as I see things.

    1) Stay here with a mid-table budget. (55%)
    2) Go to a non top 6 team such as Everton or West Ham (10%)
    3) Top 6 team. Chelsea the best bet.

    4) Valencia best bet.

    5) PSG (10%)

    6) Bayern Munich (20%)

    7) Any number of teams (5%)

    8) take a rest

  • lochinvar

    May 1, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #54


    Well well.
    Change of plans proposed after initial planning approved. So often the case with more acceptable plans being replaced later with more lucrative ideas.
    Presumably there’s a new planning application which can be objected to.
    And a ‘drop in’ viewing of the proposals.
    Hope it’s a big office as it could get very cramped with 52,000 in the room.

  • Jib

    May 1, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #55

    If LPool can beat Barcelona and Newcastle away and Wolves at home
    all within 10 days it would be some achievement

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 1, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #56

    I’d like to thank Fleetwood Mac and Joey Barton for giving me some real pleasure at work today.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #57

    Read my post again, we know exactly who his signings were in the Champo because, in Mikey’s desperation to get back in the PL he was allowed to sign who he wanted. Once back or nearly there he wasn’t allowed who he wanted do we’ll never know if Schar and Ki were his signings or not. What we 100% know is that he would have preferred Townsend over JMurphy and to have bought Rondon, we know that he would have preferred Sotons LB Matt Targett over nobody at all and eventually Berrocca.
    If you’re going to blame him, like Jesper did, for submitting unrealistic targets ie, players that are over 26 then there’s no consistency, Dubravka, Ki, Rondon and Fernandez. All that hard work in identifying targets to be rubbished by a guy who has no interest in success. I didn’t blame Churnley for the failures and Rafa for the successes at all, I said until we know that it is the managers choices alone we’ll never know.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #58

    Are you the only toon fan in the world who wants Lpool to win on Saturday night, I hop you’re in the Gallowgate cheering for Lpool.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 1, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #59

    Am hoping Barca beat bindippers tonight, but they get an away goal, that way they’ll be more focused on the return leg and, although they won’t be a pushover, we will have a decent chance on Saturday.

  • hibbit

    May 1, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #60


    jib wont be anywhere near NE1 never mind the Gallowgate he suffers from cross dressing Agoraphobia and can’t get past the front door, he doesn’t do live games,

  • martoon

    May 1, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #61

    NY Mag @52 – I agree it’s a bugger when work gets in the way of the blog as you say. I must admit I hadn’t considered that the delay in replying to Rafa’s demands is a good thing – I just thought it was because Ashley had been on holiday. However you could be right maybe they are considering his proposals and maybe deciding which ones they can agree to and which one’s need some compromise or maybe they are just incompetent – we’ll see!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #62

    Yesterday, when Jib compared Rafa signing nine days after the Spurs game to the situation now, it’s hard to know what he’s playing at, is it a wind up, does he honestly believe it, or like jane does he just say it because he is so pro Ashley he wants us to believe it?
    He is using the end of season scenario to show that because this season isn’t over then it’s going to be the same, last time Rafa wasn’t meant to stay, he was won over by the crowd and then the lies Ashley told him about his vision of success. Nine days it took claims Jib, we have been mathematically safe for ten now, realistically safe for over three weeks and Ashley hasn’t even called him, give it a rest Jib will you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #63

    Did you get an answer on the tankers Jib worked on in Genoa?

  • Jib

    May 1, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #64


  • Jib

    May 1, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #65

    and No

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 1, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #66

    I also think we are seeing a game of cat and mouse being played out here, or perhaps more accurately a game of cat and rat. Ashley has his man, but he also has a way of doing things. I expect a compromise to be reached, an agreement that won’t go as far as it should but will be enough to keep Rafa with us. It’s long past time Ashley sold up and gave someone else a go, but it’ll clearly only happen in his own time sadly.

  • Tsunki

    May 1, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #67

    Nobody knows at the moment which players Benitez has or hasn’t bought, but the players that don’t work out can’t really be called “errors” in the sense that they are a poor judgement call by someone who should have known better. Players either live up to their expectations or they don’t, that part – development – is at least as much due to the player themselves, their attitude, peak of ability, fitness etc. If failed prospects were counted as errors virtually every managers job would be untenable. The only time I would call it an error is when a footballing novice uses YouTube or hearsay or agents favour to buy someone and they turn out to be bogus.

    Now anyone who has any kind of savvy about the game will look at the remit of the manager and ask if he has achieved it given the constraints put upon him. Where does Rafa sit in that scenario, Munster? While you’re criticising the way he parks his car, what colour highlighter he uses on his tactics sheets and whether he has a proper Windsor knot in his tie, why not stand back and wonder if he’s doing a good job all round? That’s where it counts, isn’t it?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #68

    Jib, so you honestly think that Rafa will sign about nine days after the season ends?

  • Ron Knee

    May 1, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #69

    4,600+ signatures now.

  • hibbit

    May 1, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #70

    jib never answered to that one ???

  • Tsunki

    May 1, 2019 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #71

    I’d say the close season is the sweet spot if there is one for Ashley to have a PR statement released about having “different visions” and being “time for Sr Benitez to begin a new project” and the club to start “looking to the future” etc ad nauseam…..

    It’s pretty touch and go, we have no idea what will or won’t be agreed but Id say the longer Rafa isn’t signed before or not long after the last ball is kicked this term the worse the scenario is.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #72

    Roberto De Mateo, CL winning manager on paper was tasked with getting Villa promoted, to do this he went out and bought Ross McCormack, a proven championship goal score, said player, who on being given a big money deal decides he isn’t going to be a footballer anymore and is now playing in Australia while backpacking. Rafa signed Dwight Gayle, who at the way too old age of 28 is probably the most valuable striker in that division, was he Churnleys decision?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #73

    Did he not sail with Geppeto and Bepe on the ships in the early seventies when he was really young?

  • hibbit

    May 1, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #74

    Geppeto and Bepe

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #75

    Aye, the two brothers geordie Tom couldn’t remember the names of who worked at the fish quay, Jib just happened to know them well.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #76

    Is that all, I was hoping for about 80K

  • hibbit

    May 1, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #77


  • Ron Knee

    May 1, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #78


    Signatures are being added every second!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #79

    Most controversial or unwanted decisions have come from the club during international breaks or big gaps in home fixtures, I think if a decision was going to keep him it would be announced before Saturday. My guess is that they’re hoping that it will fizz out and that 70M on Carr’s young talent will appease the masses in time for August.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 1, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #80

    So Jiblets calls out people for bullshitting, concocts a story of knowing a collapsed bridge really well from his days working on the tankers but won’t or can’t answer what tanker he was on, it does make you wonder if he really did meet Jimmy Hendrix da, was at Shaka Hislops wedding, shagged Mariane Faithful and installed the satellites in Roy Orbistons Detroit mansion?


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