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Race Heats Up As Premier League Clubs Join Hunt For Newcastle Target


This past weekend it was reported that Newcastle were tracking QPR’s Irish left-back Ryan Manning for a possible January swoop.

Manning has just one year left on his deal at QPR though they hold an option to extend it to 2021. The report stated that the 23-year-old could be prised from Loftus Road for just £3m.

The former U-21 Republic of Ireland international switched to left wing-back late last season. He would be a perfect fit on the left for Newcastle’s 3-4-3 system. He could also provide cover in central midfield if necessary.

Southampton were the other club said to be tracking Manning. However, London Football News are now reporting that both West Ham and Watford have joined the race for the Irishman.

This increased competition for Manning could drive his fee up a bit. However, he still could prove a bargain in the £3-5m range.

Manning was rising through the ranks at QPR when former Newcastle manager Steve McClaren took the helm in May of 2018. McClaren sent Ryan on loan to Rotherham that summer.

When Manning was playing really well on loan, McClaren was asked about whether recalling him was something he would consider. This was McClaren’s response:

“I know he’s enjoying playing and he’s progressing and getting that experience. It’s definitely not out of the question that Ryan might come back, and that would also depend on him. So nearer the time we’ll have that conversation.”

“Ryan is a player that I really like. In the first two weeks of pre-season I said to Les (Ferdinand) ‘wow, he’s a good player’.

“He dipped a little bit after that and honestly it’s very difficult because he had the likes of Josh Scowen, (Massimo) Luongo, (Luke) Freeman and Ebere and the other players coming through – it was difficult for him to get regular games.

“He’s getting that now which is vital experience, and I said to Ryan when he left ‘this is short term; you’re a future QPR player – go and get some experience and when you come back you’ll be better for it’.”

McClaren did end up recalling Manning from his loan at Rotherham on December 31,2018. He played him just 47 minutes over the next three months until he was sacked on April 1, 2019, after a run of just one win in fifteen games.

Interim manager John Eustace came straight in and gave Manning a run of six straight starts and had him play at left-back. QPR amassed 7 points in those final six matches.


38 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    McClaren still has employment as a manager???, world’s gone crazy

    3
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I made the mistake of thinking McClaren was a good appointment for us
    (remember it was after 6 months of Carver)
    I was fooled by his success at Twente Enschede and Derby
    However I think the Championship is his level and remarks like the one
    above are OTT

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    We are Chelsea’s nemesis, we have a great record against them recently – so I’m going for all three points this weekend – and I’d suggest we start with an unchanged side.

    2
  • martoon

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Very quiet on the blog last night and this morning considering we’ve a game on Saturday.
    DubaiMicky – I love your new Avatar – I think the only possible change to the team is for Yedlin who is travelling back from Canada today after playing last night and probably not back to 100% fitness yet – the travelling and 2 games in 3 days might be too much for him. If so I think I’d prefer Manquillo to Krafth.

    2
  • martoon

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Actually it’s 4 days but it’s still a big ask!

    0
  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Just like Man United, this certainly isn’t the best Chelsea team we’ve seen over the past few years. I certainly think there’s holes we can exploit. I’d be happy with a draw.

    2
  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Despite his protestations of innocence, Jiblets’ claims that he’s not the alt king just don’t wash.

    10
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    lesh
    List my alts
    or
    Shut your mouth

    4
  • cyprus

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    No shame in losing to Chelsea but we’ve decided this season to beat the big teams and lose to the minnows. So, you never know, as has been the case for NUFC for ever.

    Any prediction is a guess.

    Prediction: draw.

    Reminiscing: best brace ever scored in any football game, Cisse vs. Chelsea.

    4
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Life is hectic atm, I’m not a Alt incase anyone was wondering.

    Loving the comments from the Carlisle manager, my biggest concern which I’ve said on here about Sorenson is he doesn’t do enough.

    Now he’s working hard without the ball the pennies dropped and we may see that striker we all hope he is.

    5
  • toon22

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    JIB

    Just a Fan
    Posada

    The two most obvious

    10
  • JohnReese

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I really hope that Sorensen can make it. Football’s moved on so much now that there’s really just no space for an old fashioned poacher, particularly in a team such as ours.

    On a side note, very important meetings at work all day and this idiot decides to go drinking all last night. Hopefully they don’t notice me jittering after 3 cans of red bull already!

    3
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Of course jib has no alts, just like he’s never hacked anyone’s account either.

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    The Wife, Neil, Ed.

    On Alts, I think posters should be made aware of who’s been using them.

    Only for fair and balanced debate in the future

    Suspicions cause animosity.

    Outing them may change their behaviour, shame them.

    7
  • toon22

    Oct 16, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Could just give JIBs old email a gravatar for him

    LoL

    4
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    toon22
    Your belief in alts stems from the fact that in your
    immature mind posters cannot share a different
    view to you.

    4
  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Everyone should name their own alts.

    Mine is Genjikai. I use that alt when I have something interesting to say.

    😉

    9
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #18

    toon22
    Could just give JIBs old email a gravatar for him

    I suggested that months ago

    Do you ever have an original idea ?

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    In other news, Sunderland AFC are now sponsored by Gentoo Housing Association.

    Presumably they’ll be looking to provide their fans with proper toilets, so they don’t have to sh!t in, for eg, fountains and the stands of football stadia.

    😀

    5
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    LoL

    0
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Is Gentoo not a type of penguin ?

    0
  • JohnJ

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    I only post as John J – and that’s it.

    I really can’t see the point of wasting my time, or anyone else’s, pretending to be an ALT.

    🙂

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib, you’re right.

    The mackems are turning black and white!!!!

    😀

    2
  • toon22

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    JIB

    It’s not even a debate about your alts lol
    It’s been obvious for almost a year now

    5
  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    Another alt of mine is Martoon, which is why I don’t respond to him when he replies to my comments twice in a day.

    (sorry Martoon, was a bit distracted yesterday – work getting in the way of my blogging!)

    🙁

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #26

    looks like i opened a can of worms asking The Wife are there any alts on here , i also think that any one using more than one account ( alts ) should be outed …

    i think the frog has many accounts seeing he’s got hundreds of siblings ( frog sporn )

    😀

    1
  • martoon

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    So what’s worse – one person having several alts or one screen name being controlled by several people??? 😉

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    MARTOON…

    are you talking about toon22 by any chance …

    😉

    0
  • martoon

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #29

    RobLeenio – That alright as if I’m an alt of yours then you don’t need to talk yourself :mrgreen:

    2
  • martoon

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #30

    geordietom – I’m mentioning no names – draw your own conclusions!

    0
  • Genjikai

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #31

    RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Everyone should name their own alts.

    Mine is Genjikai. I use that alt when I have something interesting to say.

    No comment

    4
  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    I’m Spartacus

    1
  • Genjikai

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #33

    martoon

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    So what’s worse – one person having several alts or one screen name being controlled by several people???

    Thats a new level of deep that.
    Its also a sign of professional PR at work.
    Something that is also discredited on here.

    Geordietom
    Personally i dont think toon22 is multiple people.

    4
  • Genjikai

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Geordie tom
    Is there another gravatar you can use?
    Ive been confused thinking your OP posting when quickly scanning through blog.

    Thats not a demand btw.

    2
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #35

    genji …

    sorry mate i’m keeping the gravatar … for now …

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Martoon #30 …

    i already did mate …

    😀

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    OP …

    i’ve changed gravatar so people dont get mixed up …

    😉

    0
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #38

    song off a Jarrow lad …

    https://youtu.be/egwARrX1ik8

    0

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