On Friday, we learned that the Premier League had suspended all matches until at least the first weekend of April due to the coronavirus. Newcastle United has also shut down their facilities indefinitely. If the league picks up again as planned, Newcastle will travel to Bournemouth on the 4th of April.
Here is the roundup of today’s articles and news from The Newcastle United Blog.
- There was a report that Newcastle approached and was turned down by Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter for the vacant head coaching position last summer.
- Late Thursday evening, it was announced that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the coronavirus. This was the catalyst for the Premier League’s decision to suspend the season.
- During his morning press conference, Steve Bruce talked about the importance of supporters as he backed suspending matches rather than playing the games behind closed doors.
- The Premier League officially announced the suspension of all games until the 4th of April. The FA soon followed suit by suspending the FA Cup quarter-finals as well.
- Bruce gave an injury update during his morning press conference. He disclosed the extent of Martin Dubravka’s knee injury as well as Ciaran Clark’s ankle surgery.
- We put out the team that we thought Bruce would have selected for tomorrow’s match against Sheffield United had it not been postponed.
- There were some reports from Italy that Valentino Lazaro planned to return to Inter Milan in the summer even if Newcastle triggered his purchase clause.
- Newcastle United made an official announcement that all football operations had been suspended and the players sent home with individual fitness plans.