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Pole Position For Defender, Bruce Has Injury Concerns, And Balague Backs EPL Approval – Today’s News Roundup

Today Newcastle were reported to be in pole position to sign Kalidou Koulibaly, Steve Bruce is concerned with injuries due to the long layoff, and Guillem Balague believes the Premier League will have to approve the takeover.

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

124 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    May 17, 2020 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Zaha and Maximin flying down the flanks ..Yes please.
    Koulibily and Somoure yes please

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 17, 2020 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #2

    OK, so can people please not use my comments as a stick to beat Munster with even if it was used in jest.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #3

    It wasn’t your comment, it was a very unlikely coincidence that the date I’d changed Munters post from earlier today happened to be at the same time yours did back in August.

  • Jib

    May 17, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail for Ashley

    It wasn’t your comment, it was a very unlikely coincidence

    and the band played “Believe it if you will “

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 17, 2020 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #5

    If/when Steve Bruce leaves I honestly think we should all stand up and salute him for his honest but limited efforts.
    Of course he would come here to his home town club, even if we weren’t been taken over I would say the guy comes across as honest? and I’ve noticed very approachable, something that’s echoed by quire a few of the senior players…he is going to be replaced but I wish him well

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Munters comment was #130 today I changed the May to Aug and the year to 19
    Munster Mag

    May 17, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #130
    What is so unbelievable about that?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Your posts of been even more unusually strange today, I think you need to go to bed and get over the fact your wife went back to her sisters (again) earlier today, sleep it off and apologise in the morning if she’ll speak to you.

  • JDdubai

    May 17, 2020 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Princes Mate

    While i think Bruce can leave with his head high, wasnt great but did the job, put us in a safe position (or should be), iv never liked this stuff about it being his hometown club and he is living the dream etc.

    dont forget his quote from 2009:

    “Managing Newcastle has never been my dream,this opportunity at Sunderland has everything I want – the infrastructure, the fanbase, an ambitious chairman and an ambitious new owner.

    I don’t need anything else – I have everything here. Everything you look for as a manager is here at Sunderland.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #9

    The Prince’s Mate,
    I don’t think Sheff Wed fans think he’s honest, I didn’t find him particularly honest either when he said we’re in the predicament we’re in due to two relegation’s. I’d kind of got used to being told we were a massive club with huge potential.

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #10


    Know you don’t like reposts – replied on last one


    sorry one there for you too

    didn’t realise bus had moved I thought round up was after 9


    Going to catch up on some Tv –

    later maybe but probably not – way over my daily word count 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s all hearsay as we did get relegated but I honestly think Ashley would have found someone cheaper with a lot less demands if he’d kept us up.

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Before I go….

    Bruce’s comments on arriving at Mackems – what would you say to the fans to get them on side in what was a very unwelcome appointment ?

    “I’d rather be up the road but there’s no chance there so this will have to do and it’s beneath me as a Geordie but it’s a job”?

    Not all managers (or players ) wear their hearts on their sleeves ala KK (in fact few do) and are very politically (with small p) aware – can’t always be too choosy as a journeyman.

    One of their most succesful managers was ex Newcastle and not disrespected here – Bob Stokoe and funnily another Geordie Lawrie McMenemy did a not so great job as manager

    Lot of players went both ways and many still liked

  • Munster Mag

    May 17, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail with all due respect.

    Stop acting the dick will you?

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #14


    Got myself on longer…

    It’s all conjecture but I believe Ashley would have kept rafa if we had stayed up but on his terms.
    Could maybe have been shorter contract than 3 years but i doubt it as Rafa likes security for his team and the clear but assessed gamble he had taken in coming hadn’t yet been soured by experience – too early

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    On Bruce’s affinity I’ve long thought that in a straight race between us and Man Utd as a job it would have been them not us never going to happen ( but then again i didn’t think either option would!!)

    Bit like Bobby Charlton – he’s a Manc through and through roots aren’t important to all Geordies = just most 🙂

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 17, 2020 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #16

    JD, good point… I didn’t realise… tw#t

  • JDdubai

    May 17, 2020 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #17


    Of course he was trying to impress the unwashed, but as a fan there’s no way i could say that, theres also no need for him to say it either. Plenty of other things he could say to win favour with them without saying what he did.

    I dont care that he managed them, a jobs a job at the end of the day, everyones got bills to pay. But choosing to day that is unnecessary for me.

  • toon22

    May 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #18

    JIB defends cabbage heed for 2 reasons
    He knows hes rubbish, being a mackem he will love that
    He also works for the club so its his job to defend the guy
    Its the reason he loves the turd
    In his eyes hes doing a great job

    I would love it if he bought the mackems once hes sold us
    Its a perfect ending to his time here, almost unimaginably perfect

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #19

    We’ll have to leave it that then,there’s absolutely no way of telling either way.

  • toon22

    May 17, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Im sure he will get them up the league
    Might even make the prem
    But they will exploited in ways they cant imagine
    We were lucky that the council had a say in the ground
    It took a global pandemic to shift the parasite

    Once he buys them he will tear that club a new one
    Oh please let that happen
    If your going to dream about being bought by the Saudis why not dream of the icing on the cake

  • Munster Mag

    May 17, 2020 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Am watching my daughters singing concert on zoom…..one of the kids is singing “wise men say”

    Oh dear.

  • Munster Mag

    May 17, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #22

    No it didn’t frog. It took a proper offer from a proper group to move him

  • toon22

    May 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #23


    Maybe so but he didnt have to celebrate them scoring a goal at SJP
    Plenty of players have not celebrated scoring against their old clubs or teams they support
    It gained him nothing to do so

  • BENNY 10

    May 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Are Longstaff or Dummet supposed to have let slip the takeover has happened today? Where did this come from?

  • toon22

    May 17, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #25


    Its your opinion fair enough
    Mine is different

    Hope he buys the Mackems

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #26

    It took 10K people walking away, the realisation he’d lost 38M on Joelinton and that he’d have to throw good money after bad at Brucie just to survive plus Covid-19, that’s why he’s sold up.

  • Munster Mag

    May 17, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Tks Essex, the comments by guys on here don’t bother me.

    Despite people twisting my words, and lying, over 3 years, the principles are the same.

    Rafa was good but should never have been put above criticism
    Bruce didn’t deserve the brutal attacks before he even had a chance to chip in.
    It must irritate those massively pro Rafa, and viciously anti Bruce, that Bruce did as well, and better.

    Quite funny to listen to the indignation 🙂

    This is fair, balanced, reasonable.

  • JDdubai

    May 17, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    these links get more embarrassing by the day.

    who had zidane on the takeover bingo card?

    ??? ?????
    ?????: ??????? ????? ???? ????? ????? ???? ?????? ????????? http://dlvr.it/RWqsVq
    Translated from Arabic by
    Report: Newcastle ready to give Zidane a massive paycheck for coaching http://dlvr.it/RWqsVq

  • BENNY 10

    May 17, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #29


    “It must irritate those massively pro Rafa, and viciously anti Bruce, that Bruce did as well, and better”

    Do you think you are convincing anyone that you are balanced and don’t have and agenda when you say that. Bruce better than Rafa….. lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Why must it annoy people, if Bruce had done any worse we’d be in the relegation zone and facing oblivion, all he has done is so far not relegate us.


    May 17, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Is tomorrow the day I really hope so

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 17, 2020 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope not, I’m going offshore tomorrow, it can wait until the 28th of this month for me 😀


    May 17, 2020 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #33

    No way man that’s to long for me lol

  • toon22

    May 17, 2020 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #34


    Its obvious the Zidane link is RM wanting to temp cabbage heed away
    Its a sweetener

    Nee way would i swap cabbage heed for Zidane

  • JDdubai

    May 17, 2020 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Old Hairy Hands and his bosses arent having much luck it seems vs Saudi Arabia…


  • JDdubai

    May 17, 2020 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry, didnt check the date.

    Im going to bed now.

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #37

    JDDubai and Toon22

    Look I only referred to the comment and basically having taken the job he has to make some comment to keep them on side so he did

    Did he mean it did they believe him – who cares?

    Players and managers aren’t as tribal as us fans and most can’t afford to be – it’s their livelihood.

    It wasn’t a big deal to me when he went there and I didn’t want him here for better reasons than some political comment he made in a forlorn attempt to get them to accept a Geordie.

    It’s all water under the bridge now (hopefully)

    Oh and good of you to talk to us shills Toon 22 on our way out 😉

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 17, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #38

    The takeover will be when it will be, worrying about it or willing it to
    Happen will just drive you potty.

    Go for walks, read a book, watch a boxset, paint a picture, do anything but drive yourself mad over the takeover.

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #39

    We’ll have to leave it that then,there’s absolutely no way of telling either way.

    Yep and really that’s sums up a lot of the differences of opinion on here 🙂

    Don’t mind sharing them as its a Blog but prefer civility amid the cut and thrust of strong opinion

    Btw read Shogun years ago like others and really enjoyed it, tried a few of his others but struggled . TV series was good in its time but possibly a little dated in production terms these days ?

    Used to read all of James Mitchener back then as well as I enjoyed historical fiction. Still do but read Hilary Mantell Cromwell books or Conn Igguldens’s Wars of the Roses now. His Caesar and Genghis Khan series also good and easy reads. C JSansom Shardlake books also very good of you like English historical fiction

  • magscar

    May 17, 2020 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Last comment was to Jail


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