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Ashley’s Shame, Strikers To Leave, And An Update On Martin – Today’s News Roundup

Today we learned just how low Mike Ashley will go, discussed Newcastle’s striker situation this summer, and heard about how Martin Dubravka is faring, amongst other news.

Here is the roundup of today’s articles and news from The Newcastle United Blog.

  • Achraf Lazaar labels a report that he regrets his move to Newcastle as ‘fake news.’
  • Mike Ashley’s Fraser Group tries to keep stores open despite the UK government shutting down all non-essential businesses.
  • There are increasing reports that Danny Rose will be targeted for a permanent transfer this summer.

  • An update on injured goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and how he is coping during the coronavirus crisis.
  • A poll on which on loan leftback Newcastle should pursue this summer.
  • A reader sent us this informative video on the coronavirus.

Which On Loan Left Back Should Newcastle Pursue This Summer?

  • Jetro Willems (52%, 600 )
  • Both (28%, 318 )
  • Neither (12%, 137 )
  • Danny Rose (8%, 95 )

Total Voters: 1,150

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149 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Mar 25, 2020 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #121

    Mind I’ve had a drink tonight so don’t take any notice what I’m saying. I’m just so pleased my daughter’s Island is in lockdown with no cases of the virus as yet.

  • carltoon

    Mar 25, 2020 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #122

    Anyway going to bed now so goodnight, everyone stay in, stay safe

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2020 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #123


    You’re clearly relieved at your daughter’s good news so be positive. What will be will be.

    You carry on being a good girl and keep ya hand on ya ha’penny.

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2020 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #124

    OLG carltoon made 2 posts a few minutes apart
    Everyone got her drift except you (surprise surprise)

    Mar 23, 2020 at 9:17 PM
    Comment #21
    Ha ha great idea. Be careful, not the best place to be working at this time, but I understand you go where the work is. My dad was a bricklayer. He was retired a few years a died of a massive Asthma attack. Choked to death like they are now. Terrible way to die.

    Mar 23, 2020 at 9:21 PM
    Comment #24
    Served in the Navy during the war in the Atlantic convoys. And never spoke about it. Was as fit as anything with working outside. So I know how hard a job it is. For you. Winters were terrible.

  • toon22

    Mar 25, 2020 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #125

    Hiya JIB

    Have we been sold yet ?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #126


    Give it a rest man.

    At least for the next three weeks of lockdown.

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #127

    You’re starting early Jib. Is it really necessary?

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #129

    lesh still thinks he’s the blog’s head prefect

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #130

    Bills Son Is Back

    There’s no lockdown – Bowis’s seen to that by saying construction workers and others can go to work or not if they can and if they feel safe to do so. Tubes’ll be chocker block with increased services and bingo, we’re back with Cummings’ herding method of immunisation – let the virus rip.

    Many people are confused with the mixed or ambiguous messages that are being issued. Is it deliberate?

    All in all, Toon22’s the least of my worries, in fact he provides some levity during these worrying times.

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #131


    Is it really necessary?

  • geordietom

    Mar 25, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #132

    had my younger sister on the phone she works in the care industry , at the moment she’s looking after a woman who has cancer , she has had lots of chemo the cancer is getting worse she still lives at home with her husband who had a bad stroke a while back . my sister has just had face masks hand sanitizer ect delivered off the company she works for . for the past week my sister has been going to work with no protection the lady she looks after is at risk as is her husband . my sister had to take her to hospital twice yesterday wit no protection but she’s got it now thank god …

  • lochinvar

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #133

    The virus has probably been in circulation since December/January perhaps in limited areas and seen as winter flu with most recovering and developing some inmmunity with a number of the more vunerable being in hospital as would be expected.
    The second wave has been identified and named as being what it is and that’s where we’re at now, hence all the political speak of the situation maybe peaking and then falling away over the next few months.

    Good to see that Duncan Ballantyne has made all his business car parks available to NHS workers. Meanwhile Ashley just blunders on creating conflict and distrust .Even non-football followers have listed him as despicable. Wonder when season ticket payments will be suspended ?

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #134

    I saw that about the virus being in circulation for 2 months earlier
    than originally believed.
    It could be that the herd immunity theory isn’t so daft after all and
    things could be back to normal sooner than we all thought.

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #135


    Although I’m not an ST holder, surely they can stop their DDs and deal with the fallout later? At least there’ll a few quid freed up each month if people are feeling the pinch

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #136

    Anyone can stop a D/D whenever they want
    It would be a nice gesture from the club if they
    instigated a ST payment moratorium

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #137

    If you stop your DD do you not lose your long term ticket freeze.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #138

    Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP@grantshapps

    Given the circumstances I’m granting an MOT temporary exemption so that if your MOT is due from 30th March 2020 you will automatically receive a SIX-month extension. However, you must still keep your car in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open if you need repairs.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #139

    I still can’t get my head around why there were not fifty warehouses dotted around the country with PPE for NHS/Supermarket esential workes for a pandemic, it would have been relatively inexpensive and would have saved thousands of infections.

  • simon376

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #140

    Because that is to straight forward. I used to work in procurement for the nhs and when sensible small type things like that were suggested, always knocked back and wanted to concentrate on bigger things

  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #141

    If you stop your DD it can knacker your credit rating but certainly if I lost my income that would be one of the first things I would do. Incidentally on a similar subject for those of you who subscribe to Sky Sports you can go on the website and suspend your subscription online – apparently it automatically restarts when sport restarts but you can still watch the sports channels. I’ve just done mine this morning but I haven’t check if the channels still word but who cares atm.

  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #142

    *word = work!

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #143

    Jail for Ashley

    Under the austerity and cuts regime, there’ll have been an assessment made of all activity and spend.

    You’ll know about risk assessment and you can bet your boots that as the chance of such a pandemic would be deemed low, then any spend on buying and storing PPE would’ve been knocked on the head.

  • The mighty wyn

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #144

    Morning everybody. Volunteered to go back to work at NHS yesterday ( some of you may have read the post) but it seems HR haven’t been watching the news as they appear to making it ridiculously difficult to go back saying it has to follow due processes
    My old managers are frustrated having thought in the current climate that it would be a simple process
    Will see what today brings
    Stay safe and well

  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #145

    Jail @139 – You’re absolutely right – I can understand they didn’t want to spend money on the off-chance of such an event BUT they had 4 months warning when this first started in China. Also your point about transport for NHS staff was a good one – why on earth have they not planned this knowing that public transport would be hit. As I mentioned yesterday there is supposed to be free parking but the jobsworth on the car park my daughter used charged her – YCMIU!

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #146

    Martoon, you have to ask yourself where the likes of 3M manufacture these things.

    If the NHS want to bulk buy PPE, waiting until there’s an outbreak of disease in South East Asia is not the way forward. All the relevant goods have been kept in country by the governments over there.


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