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‘Absolutely Crucial’ Newcastle Keep Midfielder Says Former Magpie

Earlier this week, Steve Bruce spoke about his growing concerns regarding the lack of progress with contract talks for Matty Longstaff.

This is what the head coach said at the time:

“It’s a concern for us all, of course it is. I hope we can get that tied up, I really do.

“But they’ve got the power these days, the players. We see it often now, with young players as well.

“I hope there’s a bit of common sense. There’s nobody, at 19, played more games than [Matty]. He’s got an opportunity. If he’s fit, he plays (against Oxford).

“Look, we always want to keep our best young players, especially if they’re Geordies, of course. Let’s hope they both get tied up. I leave all that up to Lee Charnley.

“In all of it, with Matty in particular, at 19, he has now played 11, 12 times. I’ve dipped him in and out. I can’t see another 19-year-old playing (so regularly at PL level).”

The danger for Newcastle is that Longstaff can leave this summer for just a £400,000 compensation fee. There are reportedly some bigs clubs interested in signing Matty this summer.

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder was asked about Matty’s contract talks yesterday. What he said is not very encouraging:

“As it stands, the talks are deadlocked, and there is a couple of big European teams lying in wait to sign him this summer.”

It’s been widely reported that one of those ‘big European teams’ is Inter Milan. They would likely offer Matty the terms he is seeking, but the deadlock could also have a lot to do with his brother Sean wanting an improved contract.

Former Magpie Lee Clark has written a column in Tribal Football where he touches on Matty’s contract situation:

“It’s absolutely crucial the club tie down Matty Longstaff to a new contract.

“The club have been crying out for local lads who have come through from the academy, and there is now a manager in place who is prepared to play the youngsters, even above the senior players, and not wait for his hand to be forced through injuries or suspensions.”

It would be very damaging if Newcastle were to lose Matty this summer through a contract dispute. Not only would it be deflating to Newcastle fans, but it could also cause ripples through the Academy where Newcastle are trying to bring some top youngsters through.

One of those is Lee Clark’s son, Bobby, who is a promising young midfielder. Newcastle must sort this situation out with Matty as soon as possible. The longer it drags on, the more concerning it becomes.

20 comments so far

  • simon376

    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1


    Yes get Ashley advertising or shops out there, that would be a major thing for him

  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2


    The market would be huge out there, sweated labour too would appeal to Ashley too no doubt, workers with no rights and paid 50p a day.

    Dont have much knowledge of Saudi but if sport launches over there as they seem determined for, it would be huge in the future, give him the online sales distribution and a big store in Riyadh.

  • simon376

    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah with any luck, he might think he can make more money out there than he does with Newcastle, let’s just hope a deal can be put together

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    He is still a bit raw and I think our formation and tactics don’t always help him but part of a midfield 3 I can see him developing into a great little player!

    It will be a travesty if he goes

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5


    I went for Lascelles as MOTM for what he did in rallying the team in extra time and helping to withstand the barrage we got from Oxford.

    That is a game many NUFC teams of the past would have lost because a good few players would have chucked the towel in and crumbled.

    He was shouting, bawling and pointing at players non stop and I would imagine no player wants to be on the end of him in the dressing room if they’ve gone awol in the game.

    Extra time after conceding a last minute goal away in a cup tie is exactly when you need a Lascelles type captain on the pitch.

    Good to have a football debate for a change 🙂

  • simon376

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Got to get both Matty and his Brother signed up to new contracts

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    How can MA be a difficult seller if he’s never had a bid?

    Sorry Ed, but your post is just full of the usual anti-Ashley assumptions that have absolutely no basis in fact at all.

    Changes the goalposts…

    Wants to keep free advertising…

    Asks for an extra £10M at the death…

    Floods the media with fakeover news…

    Goes on holiday when buyers are interested.

    All pure fabrication form fans and the journo’s.

    Not one word of the above has ever been officially stated by a spurned genuine buyer.

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8


    But the greedy git’ll still want his world-wide advertising as well as owt else he can screw out of the club.

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Bills Son Is Back

    He may not have had a bid that’s been agreed between the buyer-seller legals. What a buyer might regard and table as a formal bid, may have been a proposal and not been regarded as a formal bid by Ashley’s advisors – on Ashley’s instructions because he didn’t like what was in it.

    Under those circumstances, if there have been no formal bids, you have to ask yourself why – maybe the seller didn’t like what Ashley was demanding by way of inclusions or exclusions.

    How, after 13 years of Ashley’s blatant lying, can you even think about offering any defence?

    You’re either pushing for arguments, taking this pi$$ or simply naive.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #10

    How long has Mike and Mikes son been posting on here under a pseudonym?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

    If Mike hasn’t had a bid what was his comment “what’s another £10m” all about?

    In his interview (lol) on Sky.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Bills Son, don’t you remember the staged interview from your hero MA. He literally said what’s another 10m to somebody worth x billion. …..

    Surely you coming to the defence of MA as a nufc fans is disgusting.

    On another note, if saudi’s buy wet spam then I couldn’t think of anything worse. I asked my brother and father would they care about the saudi human rights records such as killings etc and they said like heck would they providing they bought wet spam and splashed the cash.

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13


    A serious and credible buyer would not spill the beans on why negotiations failed. Their credibility in the financial world’s be seriously damaged by breaching confidence.

  • #cans

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashley – “The relationship with nufc is extremely beneficial to Sports Direct ”

    Not sure why anyone thinks he would sell

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    #BoycottAshley ( OP)


    It was a slip of the tongue, he never said it, it was taken out of context, the clip was edited…

    Take your pick. Or maybe Bill’s son could choose one?

  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    A blogger said earlier about the fans buying the club
    It seems amazing to me that some of the biggest clubs in Europe
    Barcelona , Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have fan ownership
    yet there is not a similar club in the PL in England , the birthplace of
    the Co-operative movement.
    If some of the brighter folk of the North East had gotten involved
    (instead of the ignoramuses that drive the current anti Ashley narrative)
    and organised a meaningful public buy out of NUFC – it would have been

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 6, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18


    Not true.

    If a ‘credible buyer’ was messed around by Ashley and were mentioned in the press and made their own statements ie., BZG, Kenyon, Staveley, then they would protect their own credibility by stating clearly that they had been led up the garden path.

    I’m fed up of saying I want Ashley out asap.

    But commonsense and a dispassionate view shows that there is not one jot of real evidence in the form of public statements to back up any of the claims made against Ashley.

    All of the stuff comes from Ashley haters or the media trying to whip up a storm.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 6, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Steady on the logic Billson. Doesn’t work. Did Staveley even go public after being called a time waster? Ashley is a pig but we need a no messing offer of 400 Mill or something to turf him out. Interestingly the Saudis haven’t denied any involvement which can give us small hope? If he does sell, you’ll have OP and Co berating you saying you will miss your fav uncle or something 🙂

  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 6, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Listen I’m going to say this once more now Fking listen. The way to get him on the back foot and his a*se twitching is to organise with Rangers and NUFC supporters is to RING SKY and tell them that they are cancelling their SKY subs, between the 2 clubs there are thousands of sky subscribers, even if 20,000 cancelled take it from me sky would be shocked. I’m sure there would be more supporters with W@nk owners who would join the cause.


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