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Report – Premier League To Take Big Step In Preparation For Season Restart



Newcastle United may take the pitch sooner than the projected start date of the weekend of June 19th. The Mirror are reporting that Premier League clubs have been given the green light to schedule friendlies before the season resumes.

This is another significant step taken by the league as they continue to make progress with Project Restart. It indicates that football is almost certain to get underway in a few weeks.

The most recent round of coronavirus testing showed no new cases. After four rounds, 12 players or staff have tested positive. We expect that another batch of testing will be announced soon.


Last week, clubs were permitted to ramp up to contact training, and some clubs (Liverpool, Southampton, and Sheffield United) have already done intrasquad matches.

Newcastle have released some video of the lads taking part in training. Here’s one with an outstanding goal by Valentino Lazaro.

Here’s another with a stunner by Emil Krafth of all people at the 23-second mark.


87 comments so far

  • Australian Pie

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    First game in 2 weeks don’t know how they would whip up a friendly that quick with risk of injury etc, surely better off playing squad games, have any of the U23s been training that anyone knows of?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    bus moved

    Magscar

    It was quite funny how you referenced Ed’s request but then launched into your own diatribe!

    KV

    Re – my previous on politics young man!

    Lilo

    Size really shouldn’t be a factor any more in this more enlightened era . Beardo was probably the best I’ve ever seen in a B+W shirt and the list of great smaller players is endless. It’s not and shouldn’t be all about pace and power. Matty L could be our Scholes under a proper coach.

    Toon 22

    I think you’re enjoying this delay too much.

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  • Mund

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Kevin

    You did mention witch hunt

    Kevin Vegan
    Jun 3, 2020 at 9:50 AM
    Comment #224
    Mund,

    This duscussion was going on long before I got involved. If anyone wants to go on a witch hunt

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  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Happy birthday
    Papiss Cissé

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    the PL should have null and voided the season and because they have divvered about it now trying to restart the bugger has done nothing but mess up all the works, how stupid are these people in power it was a simple route like the scottish did was to cancel yet these morons have mixed up all the works for what, because of money simple as that bunch of arseholes

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Takeover is not going to happen.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    without the fans in all the grounds football is nothing and the PL knew that, no money coming in through turnstiles, no selling of food ect ect I just wonder how much every club in the league will have lost through incompetent nut jobs in the PL headquaters

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8
  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    It was going to cost a lot more money to cancel the premier league…..unfortunately , money talks…i believe if the season was voided, we would be a Saudi owned club right now

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    welshgeordie9

    well thats your two pennith worth but I still have the full quid on it 🙂 😉

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    A lot of prem teams are playing intra squad matches at they’re own stadiums so as to get used to no fans being present.

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  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Morning Welshie , is it Newcastle utd you are referring to or one of your other clubs?

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Kev … or these …

    Vegan Honey Alternatives
    Agave Nectar. Agave nectar is a sweetener commercially produced from several species of the agave plant. …
    Coconut Nectar. Made from the reduced sap of coconut palms, coconut nectar has a sweet, tangy, taste with no coconut flavor. …
    Maple Syrup. …
    Barley Malt Syrup. …
    Brown Rice Syrup.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    i think welshie is on about Newcastle, New South Wales…

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Tom there is vegan shampoo as well although I have to admit doesn’t sound nice on toast.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    giimps

    its not as though they would have lost a lot of money though, for how long the PL have been going for I think they would have been able to handle it with the amount of money they will have stashed away, they have been going on from borderline stupidity to the full white coat locked up in a mental ward crazyness with there actions over how they have treated not just the players but with everyone else working in football grounds up and down the country with there idiotic ideas when all they had to do was null and void, send the money back to bt sports, sky sports ect ect, they would have soon made it up though

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  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I wasnt sure if his beloved Swansea were being taken over by the mighty Sheep Farmers union

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Geordietom,

    Missed the bus but replied on the other one. I’ve had agave before, it’s great! It had been a while since I’d eaten honey before I tried the stuff but I couldn’t say there was a big difference between that and the studf made by bees in terms of taste. Bit runnier but yummy stuff! I’ll definitely try some of the others, too. Thanks 🙂

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Northumbrian …

    never tried it might give it a go …

    😀

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    there is something else ive just thought about, during these deals with tv companies to show live football I just wonder do the PL have these contracts insured ?? anyone know

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  • JohnJ

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    I think (Going back to Matty Longstaff) That this could be a smack in the teeth from Mr Ashley for a Geordie player and the Geordie fans. I can imagine him taking delight that we could lose one of our own.

    If I were Matty Longstaff I’d sit tight and wait for the takeover to come about before making any decisions about his future. It could that he’d be on an even better wage when the new owners take control (and they will – soon I hope)

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Mund, repost from previous due to me not having an updated bus timetable:

    Fair point, I did say witch hunt there.

    I think the rest of my point still stands though. No idea why I am being singled out on this. I spent 2 hours posting on other topics (angosture bitters and Matty Longstaff) and deliberately not getting involved in that discussion. I assumed somebody would tell the others to drop it, but for some reason they didn’t and instead the bulk of the criticism seems to be coming to me currently. I’m more than happy to leave it there and would have stayed out of it from the start had it not already blown up into a major ongoing discussion. But I couldn’t sit here and hear somebody claim that the police don’t know when they are killing somebody. Everybody knows, it is very obvious, and the video of the incident shows civilians approaching the police and telling them the man is not responding while the officer continues to kneel on his neck. It had to be said IMO.

    That’s all from me on this topic though. Happy to move on if others are willing to do the same. It’s a football blog, after all.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    kev i just found this some of the lads made comments about it earlier …

    Do vegans age faster?
    Some will need more work than others — but not for the reason you may think. Genetics and age aside, the condition of your skin often comes down to nutrition. “Being a vegan can be aging,” says Vargas. … The good news is that committed vegans can still put their best face forward…

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  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    I agree , they should have voided the season and started afresh in August, but its not just the tv companies, its the sponsors, the advertising and everyone else who pays for the privilege of being related to a premier league side.
    Some of the smaller clubs may have struggled to keep going as they are living above their means to start with…….The Prem are risking it though , they could be sued by one of the clubs who go down as the competition has changed.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Also, looks like I owe somebody an apology. I stated the other day that they would not allow friendlies during partial lockdown, and it appears I was wrong. I have to say I’m surprised by the decision. Does this mean the rest of us will also now be allowed to meet 22 other people from different households?

    Still, will be nice to watch some of that kicksphere again. I think that’s what we used to call it. Been so long I can’t remember.

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Excellent news lads n lasses.
    Andy Carroll injury free for magpies run in.

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  • Just a fan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Well I learned more from last nights posts than politics live.
    Most interesting.
    Mind I still can’t stand trump.
    Or Boris the blusterer for that matter.
    It made a change from the takeover which can get a bit repetitive

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Geordietom,

    As a thirty-something man who’s been vegan for a decade and still gets asked for ID to buy booze and smokes on occasion, I can tell you I’m not too concerned about rapid ageing just yet 😉

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    Northumbrian

    Maybe make it a walk-in rather than a run-in for AC. He may be fit for now, but I’m not sure we can risk him running

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #30

    Northumbrian

    Still have to navigate 2 weeks of training first for AC.

    Even then, id put a tenner on him not being fit for at least half the 9 remaining games.

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  • Mund

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Kevin

    That’s my point mate I agree with a lot you say I really do but there’s a time and a place and this isn’t it. It’s very touchy and people can take offensive because there’s a broad opinion on these things and people can take it personally.

    Nuff said on it tho

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  • hibbit

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    giimps @24
    not sure if the PL could be sued by a club as the proposals were put to all 20 clubs and all 20 clubs agreed to the new format they also agreed that the league should proceed under the new rules terms and conditions , in order to finish the season and clear the clubs of any financial liability to the tv companies,

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Is it true AC only has to play one more game to activate a one year extension on his contract?.

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  • magscar

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda@2

    Glad i could amuse you with my diatribe as you term it although it wasn’t bitter in my opinion just my honest take on the overnight postings I had caught up on.

    Point i was making was that Ed “requested” certain things and apart from some alleged bans they have remained voluntary but regularly abused over many years. In the first years of Blog it was polite, no feuds and all about NUFC – posters changed that over the years even after requests in a particular thread for posters to respect his wishes.

    Personally i am tired of others conveniently ignoring them but carping about others so now feel free to comment where there has already been much discussion. Having made my point i haven’t returned to it

    If ED actually brings in a ban and enforces it I will be very happy having commented on breaches over the years to no avail and little backing from others . I also recognise that trying to enforce a ban other than by a filter as now ( which is circumvented daily by many) will be too timeconsuming.

    So on that basis if there are comments on a topic which are already on Blog and I feel strongly enough to make a civil contribution on it then I will – keeping my thoughts to myself certainly hasn’t worked so far

    I regularly skip the feuds and repetitive nonsense on here which others either don’t mind or as I suspect actually enjoy – each to their own

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #35

    ~Northumbrian

    Think he needs around 7 games to trigger the auto-extension, something like that.

    Unlikely based on his history and the close proximity of games coming up, no way he can manage a game every 3 days.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 3, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #36

    This Matty Longstaff deal doesnt add up at all, it must be all made up by his agent to try to get a better deal with us.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 3, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #37

    So it was all attention seeking bullshit then. Smh

    https://mobile.twitter.com/saulniguez/status/1268119905108463616

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  • magscar

    Jun 3, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #38

    On Matty unless I am missing something if he allows his contract to end he can simply become a free agent whilst he waits for the takeover to succeed or fail and then his agent can offer his services to other clubs if he doesn’t get a suitable offer or takeover saga just rumbles on.

    I can’t see that his best interests are served by taking Udinese deal whilst everything is so unclear and Club are paralysed by Ashley waiting it out.

    Is it a push to Club – but as I say it’s paralysed at present so does agent think this will break it

    or

    is it a come and get me to other clubs?

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Mund,

    Thanks very much for the way you’ve responded to my points, I’ve found it quite respectful and appreciate you taking the time to listen to what I have to say. I’m taking these concerns onboard as I go.

    I agree that’s enough on that one now though. Thanks again, and all the best.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jun 3, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #40

    IrishRob

    Yeah what an absolute troll Saul is for that. Bet he got paid handsomely, but surely the most hated man in Madrid right now.

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