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Government Reasserts Stance, Top Manager Linked, And Phase 1 Gets Green Light – Today’s News Roundup

Today the government reiterated their stance to not interfere with the Newcastle takeover, a report claimed the new owners will pursue Zinedine Zidane, and the Premier League unanimously approved the start of training for Tuesday.

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

  • Culture secretary Oliver Dowden reasserts that Newcastle’s takeover is solely up to the Premier League.
  • Despite concerns over the time frame, this season is creeping closer to its return.
  • Steve Bruce reminds us he’s a classy person in his exclusive interview with Luke Edwards.

158 comments so far

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 18, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    its roundup time – other weed killers are available

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #2

    In the absence of Jail for Ashley

    Grab a lager
    add some lime
    get yersel comfy
    it’s round up time

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #3

    i think everyone’s watching the Bundisliga game

    probably on illegal Beinsport streams

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m hearing that PiF have appointed a new director to lead the club once the takeover is complete.

    Sheik Yamel – an unknown entity has come to the forefront and has ALREADY been approved by the PL in the past and has been chosen for his previous ownership experience.

    Anyone shed any light on this?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2020 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll spare the repost.

  • TomaKaThor

    May 18, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    It has become just like last year where we all pin our hopes every week that it will be announced on Friday and it comes and goes… If it was to ever get announced I genuinely don’t know how I would react… When you have been waiting for something for so long and have got to a point you just never think it’s going to happen.. Will be surreal

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2020 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Heart from me Tackle from behind

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #8

    seems just as likely as any other story at the moment

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda I can’t be bothered going back to where you claim I said Bruce was great, wonderful, amazing, whatever.

    But you did say that, because that’s what you believe.

    And like much of what you say about my opinions, it’s incorrect.

    I didn’t say Bruce was a great manager or anything like it.

    The facts are, Bruce got similar or better points to benitez. He did a solid job, so far. It doesn’t matter about luck, good goalkeeper, or whatever.

    He has got us to a similar place to rafa, so if he is worse than Rafa ( and he is), then he has overachieved, in statistical terms.

    He did better than we thought, and will not be badly thought of assuming we stay up, by the football World, or by NUFC.

    You seem to have a big issue with the fact that he did OK.which I find strangely vindictive for a club supporter.

    By the way if Catchy has right wing views as you said, out of the blue, he’s entitled to them, just like he is entitled to not like Benitez’ football, without getting jumped on.

    If you don’t like football disagreement, a football blog may not be a good place for you.

  • Grumpy

    May 18, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Just think, Rid of that pig Ashley and him getting screwed out of 50 mill from the original asking price, Its Christmas come early.

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Time to put it to rest mate, you two are just going round and around – best to agree to disagree or in your cases – disagree to agree

    Take a look around, your incessant arguing is swaying others away as your comments (and theirs, to be fair), transgresses other comments.

    Let it go for the sake of others

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #12

    There’s a few too many on here who get worked up, have a few sherbets and then can’t handle their keyboard

  • Our Toon

    May 18, 2020 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Spot on tackle, this who thing about bruce / rada just goes on and on and on.

    Munster – do you never get sick of going round in circles? You’ll do well to go a 48hrs without mentioning bruce or rafa. They goad you and you bite everytime, ignore it mate!! Move on

  • BENNY 10

    May 18, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #14

    We can all agree with Munster’s latest

    He doesn’t think Bruce is better than Rafa. Bruce hasn’t been too bad all things considered (could have been alot worse) and although Rafa would be my number 1 choice to come back he isn’t above criticism either which is all true.

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Hold on a second here fellas, I’m often to the argument starter. I’m happy not to ruck, but why do you not apply the same rule to other people who also start disagreements. Or does the rule only apply to me.

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Cheers Benny, I don’t see why people find some of that so contentious, honestly.

  • magscar

    May 18, 2020 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #17

    The Wife

    Re your response to Geordie Tom about “long” posts any chance you could let us article writers know how many words are allowed as I had exactly that problem yesterday and did mention it

    It’s very annoying trying to edit a post to reach some hypothetical word count especially when it was brought in to stop some other problem and no notice was given.

    Perhaps a request not to do it would have worked and/or a disclaimer as it is possible to get round it as I eventually did

    I ended up messing about trying to break down the post into several chunks and not lose the thread of it and it was broken up by other posters contributions in the meantime.

  • Tackle from behind

    May 18, 2020 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    I wasn’t singling you out – just wanted to make my point at that particular time.
    I would have done the same if the other party had posted at that time.
    The blogs a bit slow, needs to get lighter that’s all.
    No offence

  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 18, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Let’s end the day on a beautifully positive note.

    A simple mental technique, to transform your frustration into delight.

    Brought to you, by the wonderful folk, at Captain AmeriMag’s Positivity Club.

    Every time you feel the takeover fury creeping over you, rather than focus on your own pain, visualise the obese, disgusting face, of Mr Michael Ashley.

    Each excruciating second we have endured waiting for this bloody announcement has been precisely 300 million times worse for Fat Mike.

    He finally wants to sell, NEEDS to sell, is so desperate to sell he knocked £50m off his asking price, finds a buyer and……..can’t get his fcuking money!!!!!

    So every day we hear nothing is frustrating for us but agonising for the slug.

    Enjoy them all, when we’re disappointed he’s depressed. When he’s finally happy, we’ll be ecstatic!!

    After 13 years we’ve won!! He can’t control us anymore, every day we’re winning!


  • Our Toon

    May 18, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #20


    I agree with most of what you say on the topic, they only do it to pass time and to get a bite out of you, its started by one then picked up by another, then another and so on.

    I’m only mentioning you as I think you’ve got more to add than just the same arguments that have been going on for months. Think most can see the double standards, aswell as the constant bullying, it’s pointless expecting better from some of them as that’s all they know, if it’s not you it’s someone else.

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2020 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Thanks lads and point taken. I’ll try harder.

  • magscar

    May 18, 2020 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #22


    I have some sympathy with Munster’s situation as the dispute isn’t whether Bruce is or isn’t a good manager but rather whether or not Munster claimed he was

    As easy as it is for Munster to drop it so it is for Rotonda to acknowledge he can’t prove what he is claiming Munster did.

    Munster is understandably struggling to prove he didn’t say it if in fact he didn’t (or even if he had!?)

    It’s far easier for those claiming a poster has done something to put up evidence at time then it can be seen for what it was. It’s surely their burden of proof

    Far too many disputes are on going because posters are not doing that and putting words into other posters mouths after the event

    Not taking sides it’s just Munster is the one left trying to prove he didn’t say something so has the impossible task ?!

    As you say it just goes round and round


  • magscar

    May 18, 2020 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Our Toon

    You are correct as well – it’s a sport on here

  • Pat On The Heed

    May 18, 2020 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Funny how supporting our manager is seen as raking over old ground. Talk about trigger happy. Course, you’ll all be wailing about the next guy after two defeats on the trot.

    Bruce positives – no tantrums or digging individuals out, fielded a strong team in the cups, implemented a win ugly system to compensate for no goal scorer, team selections pretty much spot on (you could see where he’s coming from), not too proud to revert to a 5-2-3, players rate him – make that rave…

    Managing us is an impossible task by design under Ashley. Bruce definitely has something about him that meant us grabbing those points. Anyone would think we were a CL team before he joined. We’ve been league duffers for over a decade. 13th is grand. Denying the good stuff, never mind abusing him, is a form of information denial I find hard to stomach – just because your friends join in doesn’t make it any less so.

    IF the owners said – right, here’s a Vidal and a Cavani now go on have another go, son – I’d be okay with that. At least for the here and now.

  • the Northumbrian

    May 18, 2020 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Tackle from behind
    Is this sheikh yamel any relation to mc hammer?

  • magscar

    May 18, 2020 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #26


    It would be nice to think that just over the horizon we will have that much going on with current matters that all this will be left in the past – I would guess not as even when we had Rafa there were arguments about previous managers 🙁

  • IrishRob

    May 18, 2020 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Lol Alex is back!

  • andyr79

    May 18, 2020 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #28
  • Pat On The Heed

    May 18, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Magscar – I remember people on this site convinced Danny Simpson was holding us back from cementing our place in the top 4. There’s always a weak link and they’ll always get a hammering. Sean Longstaff – for e.g. is a player I want to see us build our team around not matter how rich our new owners are. I get a buzz of exhilaration when he sweeps a 40yd diagonal onto a forwards toe I’d never get from any expensive import. A couple of mediocre games this season and the knives were out.

    I’d like to think when Ashley goes – some of the supporters can up their game. Get behind the players, especially when they have a stinker. Bring back that wave of positivity from the mid-90s.

  • Pat On The Heed

    May 18, 2020 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Irish – You were talking today about losing sleep from how nervous you were about the takeover – (aww lol). No such worries about a good man loosing his job though eh.

  • TyneMouth

    May 18, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #31

    When will the transfer window open?

    I assume that before NUFC can involve in business activities with other football clubs, either domestically or internationally, and communicate with the EPL and UEFA authorities, NUFC will have to notify other the parties as to who has the authority to represent NUFC.

  • coming home

    May 18, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Thank goodness theres a word count
    So we dont have to read magscar,s books
    And Tsunki,(the shit man),s crap and unreadable rubbish

  • jane

    May 18, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #33

    we have a half decent team despite some weird idiosyncrasies (strikers not scoring). i agree it’s great to see local lads like the Longstaffs. we largely played to our strengths and had plenty of luck too. and an enjoyable cup run.

  • Pat On The Heed

    May 18, 2020 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Jane – It was a good crap season. Still think the front 3 have goals in them despite the shocking stats. A guvnor type midfielder – in the Vidal mould or even Grealish would help us press higher up the pitch.

    I’m convinced the lack of goals comes from not having an imposing deep-lying midfielder – as odd as that may sound.

  • magscar

    May 18, 2020 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #35


    Over the years and at all clubs there are players fans love to hate. Way back when I first went Frank Clark and Tommy Gibb were the villains but were rated by their peers.

    In recent years there was Williamson and Perch although both managed to retrieve some support

    Even if we end up with a team like Man City or Liverpool there will some player for fans to find fault with especially if we lose games

    In our most successful side under KK there were some who found fault with likes of Peacock Barton etc

    Hopefully there will be an ever increasing better atmosphere at games and any disenchantment with p!ayer won’t be noticeable – on here is a different matter of course

    There’s an interesting aspect to bringing better players into a side – some will not only learn but others also seem to improve where some will be carried and that can be ok at first.

    When I say “seem” to improve I’m thinking of the situation say when a player knocks a great pass into space he’s seen but team mate(s) haven’t as not on wavelength and doesn’t make run ( or too kazy) and the passer gets brief from crowd for poor ball. With better players pass would have come off as intended more often than not.

    Depending on who comes in and how many new players at once it can be difficult for those young uns at club as some managers thrive on big money imports and can overlook hometown talent

  • coming home

    May 18, 2020 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #36


    That does sound odd

    I think the reason we didn’t score enough goals was down to our strikers not being good enough

  • TyneMouth

    May 18, 2020 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Since the take-over news broke a few months ago, I’ve read this blog often. (well sometimes twice a day! Early morning and bedtime)

    A few minutes ago I read a post that has exceeded my expectations!

    It reads as follows ;

    …”Thanks lads and point taken. I’ll try harder.”
    (Munster Mag. 10.31pm #21)

    If this means that the broken record of MM’s opinions on Rafa’s deficiencies won’t spoil my breakfast, I will be eternally happy…

  • magscar

    May 18, 2020 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Coming Home

    No one is making you do anything 🙂

    I’m not sure what sort of device you are using but there is usually a way of skimming down a page.

    If you don’t know how to there is probably a he!p page but it may be a bit long for your attention span or comprehension

    If so sorry when I do post the occasional longer one you’ll just have to grin and bear it

  • coming home

    May 18, 2020 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #39


    Don’t go picking a pagger with Munster
    It will last years

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 18, 2020 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah, I think the squad has about 15 or so pretty good EPL players. If you are going to bring in a top Director of Football and you add a top center forward and two or three top central mids, one defensive, maybe two a bit more attacking, then you might easily say to Steve Bruce, who has his feet under the table and knows the squad, and has them running around for him, ok you’ve got another season to show us what you can do. There’s certainly something to be said for that continuity. Would have been much better we’re it Rafa, but it’s Steve Bruce in the job and he has done ok, and our rise will inevitably come in stages. Not sure stage 1 requires a big name manager, but I do think it certainly requires a top DOF and a few quality starters in key positions.


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