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Carlisle Assistant Manager Talks About What Should Give Newcastle Youngster Confidence

Elias Sorensen played a full game for the Carlisle reserves yesterday. It’s not the first time he has dropped down to get some competitive minutes on the pitch since joining the League 2 club.

Sorensen did not feature at all in Carlisle’s last two league matches after playing his first full 90 minutes in the EFL Trophy on September 24th. So giving him a run out with the reserves seems to make sense.

The last time Elias played in the reserves it did not go well for the 20-year-old. He was reported to be a frustrated figure in a 4-0 defeat against Hartlepool last month.

This time it went a lot better for Sorensen as he bagged the first goal of the game. Here are some images of that goal against Rangers yesterday.

He also inspired this tweet from the Carlisle United Twitter account after a late attempt on goal.

Assistant Manager Gavin Skelton spoke to the News and Star about Elias’s performance in the reserve match. This is what he said:

“His finish was very good, a good goalscorer’s finish from a tight angle, and the way he took it should give him confidence.

“Performances and goals always help. In the last few weeks he has been adapting to what the manager wants and he has to maintain that.

We suppose anything that can bring Sorensen some confidence will be helpful. So far he has not had much to get excited about during his loan spell with just two starts and a handful of substitute appearances.

Newcastle should continue to monitor the youngster’s situation at Carlisle. If he cannot break into the team over the next few months, Loan Coordinator Shola Ameobi may have to find a better loan move for Elias.

26 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1


    Jib, Martoon presumably pays nowt to Mike Ashley for using the club crest, an unofficial usage obviously. However, every official mug, shirt, poster, programme, book, dvd, scarf, hat or pen – in short every piece of merchandise sold in the club shop and elsewhere – which displays the club crest will mean that the holder of the Royalties for the crest is paid in kind.

    Who owns the club crest?

    MASH Holdings, Mike Ashley’s personal holding company.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Pleased for Sorensen, but playing in the Carlisle reserves? How is that better than playing in our own reserves and hanging round the fringes of our first team?

    Seems like he needs to be recalled and sharpish.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Repost from July – some questions that I know most fans of NUFC would like to see answers to. This was written just after the Martin Samuel interview with Ashley was released.


    Jul 27, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #43
    I’m going to try to be balanced because it’s a really emotional subject and there’s a million words that could be written. Therefore, I’m going to actually ignore what Ashley said tonight. In fact, for the purposes of this post, I’m going to assume that whatever Ashley said is right. I don’t believe it is for a second, but to dissect it would take too long and many other posters have already done it.

    Instead, I’d like to focus on the questions that weren’t asked, or if they were, the answers that weren’t included in the articles.

    So, Mike, why did you not ask Rafa if he wanted Joelinton before the medical was done? Would that not have saved everyone time and effort and not run the risk of isolating and annoying your greatest asset?

    What happened to the plans for a new training centre that Rafa saw and discussed with an architect when he first arrived at the club?

    While we’re at it, are those plans still relevant? What’s the status of the planning permission and is there any plan to break ground any time soon?

    What happened with the Strawberry Place land? Did the club see any of the money from its sale to those property developers? If not, where did it go? After all, you’ve said that you take no money from the club, but what about assets?

    Talking about assets, what is the purpose of you holding the intellectual property of the club, such as the club crest, in MASH Holdings? Is it so that you can cream the royalties of any sale of club-branded merchandise?

    What is the relationship of the club to Sports Direct? Is the club shop a Sports Direct franchise? If so, where do the profits from the shop go to and how much of it does the club see?

    On that, how about the corkage rights on the club bars? Who benefits from every pint sold at the ground? What about food – who sees the benefits from the catering deals that the club have signed?

    Why did you choose to take back your interest free loan of £33M last Summer, when you knew that money could help Rafa to build on a team which had over-performed the previous season and push on into true top-half mediocrity? Did you think the timing was appropriate?

    Do you think that Rafa made up his mind to not renew his contract at that point, Mike, and that everything you did after that, including signing Almiron, was an empty gesture – a case of too little too late?

  • lesh

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    NY Mag

    I must say I was surprised and disappointed at the tone of your post responding to my comments on Ashley’s manipulation of the club’s finances. You did though quickly apologise for your seeming condescension.

    No matter, for one seemingly well versed in corporate finance you might have acknowledged that the mere minions among us are not.

    Trump recently tweeted about his great wisdom and that makes me wonder whether there’s something in US’s water that makes some feel they have greater wisdom than others?

  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib I am allowed to use the logo for free as a perk of being Mike’s paid PR (according to toon22) 😉
    Seriously the answer is so well expressed by Rob @1.

    Also Jib I know you like to dispel untruths about MA but if you are going to play devil’s advocate maybe a better argument would be that Hall & Shepherd used pay themselves massive salaries and director bonuses but Ashley does not so other revenue streams simply add up to about the same amount – now I really do sound like PR!

  • BenbulbenMag

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    To all the shills/wums/trolls/A$$ Lie apologists, the below are a few things that we will never forget.

    As supporters, we have crossed the Rubicon when it comes to our resolve in pursuing every means possible to rid ourselves of A$$ Lie :

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

    Jonas Gutierrez on Mike Ashley:
    “Two things I learn from my illness, how you can support a player (the Newcastle fans) and how you leave a player alone (Mike Ashley).”

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

    Undercover reporters employed at the Derbyshire SPORTS DIRECT facility discovered thousands of workers were subjected to an extraordinary regime of searches and surveillance, while local primary schoolteachers told the Guardian pupils would remain in school while ill – and return home to empty houses – as parents working at the depot were too frightened to take time off work.

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

    Sports Direct branded a “scar on British business”

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

    Shearer on the way Newcastle is being run: “It looks complete and utter chaos and the lack of communication from the club is embarrassingly bad. But the only thing official we have heard from the club this summer is, ‘We are putting season ticket prices up five per cent’ and ‘This is our new home kit’.”

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

    Rafa Benitez on Newcastle’s communication policy: “I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, the president and the general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle.”

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

    Kevin Keegan on Mike Ashley’s governance of Newcastle United : “They have made a toy out of Newcastle,” Keegan argues.
    “As much as it pains me to say it, I have no desire to be associated with the place for as long as that continues.
    “I will gladly return when they have gone.

    “The Club admitted to the Tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United.”

  • BenbulbenMag

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7

    RobLeenio very good post.

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Talking of MA’s predecessors
    It was actually SJH that copyrighted all the NUFC stuff
    which Ashley acquired with the purchase of the club.

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Martoon; If Ashley is receiving royalties for the use of the club crest it isn’t transparent what fee is being received.
    A club executive’s salary would have to be in the accounts therefore it would be transparent.
    Also the company logo would remain in the possession of Ashley, if the business is sold. This could be changed in due course but I reckon there will be some sort of agreement on time frame of when the logo could be changed and a fee payable to the owner off the logo for its use in the meantime.
    Hardly ideal.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Derek Llambias “Chris can’t make decisions. If I am asking about a player, Ben Arfa? he says ‘I’m not sure, blah blah’.”

    “With Chris, he couldn’t cope with where we are mentally. We are aggressive. You need to be aggressive. I don’t want a manager below me who can’t argue. You guys don’t understand how f****** horrible we can be.”

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib, it’s one thing copyrighting the club brands (normal business practice), it’s a different thing transferring the ownership of those brands into your own personal holdings.

    There’s no defending this in any way, shape or form. It’s diverting money from the club into Ashley’s back pocket.

  • NY Mag

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12


    Quite right, I was out of order.
    My apology however, was genuine. I hope you accept it.

  • geordietom

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    is there any body who works in high finance ect on here , that can have a look and delve into Ashley’s tangled web he has woven around our club ???…

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib – high finance does not mean an auditors premises located on the top of a hill.

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t know where you got your info from
    but you piqued my interest
    so I looked
    The copyright is still held by the club not Mash Holdings


  • Mindshaft

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Says it all really – what a state although no doubt Jib will say he can do what he likes as it’s his club


  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #17

    RobLeenio @11 – I think I’ll employ you as my full time answerer (if there is such as word) 😉
    Novocastrian66 @9 – I agree with you – I didn’t actually believe what I wrote – just trying to play devil’s advocate with an argument that had legs!

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Respondent ?

  • hibbit

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    geordietom @13

    to do that in a professional manor you would need a team of forensics accounts and access to the accounts and the data room, its not something that can be achieved with any degree of accuracy with the information that’s in the public domain,
    it would need a deep and thorough due diligence at the very least

    oh and one other thing approximately £250k to cover the cost of it 😉

  • geordietom

    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Hibbit …

    i know it costs a lot of money to access the data room and accounts ect , did the Arabs ( supposedly ) look at said accounts ? … did they find anything untoward ?. surely they had their own team of forensic Accountants . just a thought is all …

  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib @15 – Is that not just the name ‘Newcastle United’ – Logos, badges etc. will be separate (I think)?

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Makes you wonder if the BZG takeover bid was anything more than initial enquiries, Ashley has said since the Stavely ‘bid’ that anyone wanted to do due diligence had to prove they had the money to buy the club ( which BZG / Kenyon clearly didn’t ) – highly unlikely they got to look at the books with any degree of forensic scrutiny.

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #23

    I think it’s everything if you use their search engine

    which is why I linked it.

    Sometimes you have to scratch your own arse

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib, really – I thought you had a man for that

  • JohnJ

    Oct 9, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #25


    Oct 9, 2019 at 1:49 PM
    Comment #3

    Well said – I agree with the questions you pose but I’m not holding my breath for the answers!


  • JohnJ

    Oct 9, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Forgive me (Ed & Neil) for putting on a link to another site but it is very relevant to the discussions above 🙂



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