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Newcastle’s Superstar Speaks About The Difficulty Of Playing Without The Supporters



Yesterday, the provisional first three Premier League matches, as well as the FA Cup quarter-final dates, were officially confirmed. They had been doing the rounds in the press on Thursday, but now are official.

Newcastle will play the first three of the four fixtures at home in an empty St James Park before traveling south to face Bournemouth. It’ll be an eerie sight watching the lads play without the supporters behind them.

However, the players will adapt to the surroundings, as evidenced by what we’ve seen in the Bundesliga. While it’s still quite an odd sight, it is better than nothing.


It will affect some players more than others. Players who drive on emotion could be adversely affected though it can go both ways. Sometimes an atmosphere in a stadium is not always supportive.

For a player like Allan Saint-Maximin, who strives to please the Newcastle faithful, it will be interesting to see how he responds to the silence.

The Chronicle has published some of Allan’s comments about the return of this campaign.

He expresses some concerns about playing behind closed doors. This is what the Frenchman had to say:

“This is really, really difficult for me. For me, the supporters give you power and you can see we win more games at home than we do away from home.

“It’s like a green light for you. It’s difficult to play away and without supporters and now we play a game at home against Sheffield United and it’s really difficult.

“It’s better to play like this than complain and that’s why we have to go with this and try to do everything for the supporters at home.”

Saint-Maximin was just getting his stride back when this season was brought to a grinding halt by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s something Saint-Maximin has spoken about recently.

He mentioned it once again before touching on how important it is to get off to a positive start when the games return.

“The virus came at a bad time for me because I feel more comfortable with my body, with my partner, with everything. I’m running and I tried to get back in good condition. I don’t think only about scoring goals, I just want to help the rest of the team.

“I’m more happy when I assist than I am when I score. That’s why, for me, it’s really important to do everything. We have the FA Cup, we have 35 points – we need to go game for game. We know if you win against Sheffield United, it’s 38 points with eight games and then we can feel comfortable for the FA Cup.

“We must train hard to be ready for the first game.”

Allan had two assists in the FA Cup win at West Brom. Then his individual brilliance sealed all three points at Southampton. Hopefully, he can pick up where he left off despite the massive gulf between the games.

On the bright side, he’s had time to allow his hamstrings to fully recover. So hopefully, he can remain fit for the final stretch of this campaign.


288 comments so far

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 6, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Go on maxi lad well said. I also think Joe will benefit without the pressure of the crowds and give him some confidence.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 6, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Am I right that Miguel Delaney is on Sunday Supplement tomorrow?

    Strap in for a rough ride if so, especially with Geoff Shreeves there batting for his pals Keys and Gray…

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 6, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    The bus moved!

    Hpoolmag

    You’re right! The simple fact is if the PL block the deal they will have to give reasons to the investors. This would “presume” guilt and to my knowledge they haven’t been found guilty of any relevant offences.
    Therefore they must pass the test or explain why they are refusing, so really this is all a sham!
    Can you imagine the backlash if the Saudis were blocked?
    #cansweyayeman!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2020 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m up to my eyeballs with takeover talk now.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 6, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    As far as I am concerned there are no ligitimate problems to the takeover being blocked – as if there was they would of told the parties concerned at least a month ago so the TOON could move on and find new owners.
    Trouble is Premiership are shit scared that the Saudis could sue them so they are playing a waiting game hoping they go away or Ashley pulls the deal.
    About time the various supporters organisations put pressure on the Premiership for a answer as the longer this goes on the more it is going to f**k up the clubs preparations for the future

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Was just about to write that Gothmog’s!

    Delaney has been a consistently hypocritical prick throughout the whole takeover so we’re in for a tidal wave of media negativity tomorrow.

    Bet everything he says is copied and pasted by every tabloid all day long.

    Batten down the hatches boys, this should hopefully be the last assault before we go on our Positivity Bus victory parade!!

    😀

    Ding Ding!!

    #CANS

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Beginning to get concerned now as I’ve never believed in fake optimism in life. I think the PL could just decline the bid and would gain huge respect as a result, for turning down MBS and all his wealth. They won’t have to comment re why. Then, would mbs sue? For what? Re click baitery, it could be argued that the journos could just as easily write positive comments. We would just as easily click on a happy optimistic story surely? One of my hopes is that the Saudis wud not have allowed their TV station to say that they had won it if they hadn’t. Serious embarrassment if declined having said it was OK.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Amerimag, Delaney may be irritating as we know, because he doesn’t want mbs who has huge shit attached to him, and we do. I don’t think he has being a hypocrite though? I may be wrong as haven’t read all his stuff, for obvious reasons.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Gothmog what’s the story on Shreeves. He isn’t that bad is he?

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  • HpoolMag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    We should all as concerned supporters of our great club email the PL surely if they have to respond to others about their concerns then they would have to respond to ours maybe someone out there could draft a good blanket concern email and we could all use it to bombard the PL

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  • geordietom

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster …

    you going the other way now mate do you think it wont happen …

    keep the Faith …

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  • geordietom

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki …

    time to step up and draft a letter to the FA for us all to chuck at the fa …

    HpoolMag…

    good thinking mate …

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  • geordietom

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    WELL …

    i’m confident and ‘m staying confident about the takeover happening at our beloved club …

    i’ve not wavered once and i’m not going to …

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  • Toonboi4EVA

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    I think as we don’t know what the “test” actually does or looks for, we can’t really determine as fact that it can’t be refused or accepted.

    Who says that the reason for blocking has to be ruled by a court? – we don’t have a clue what the test looks for, in depth or otherwise.

    Also, thinking that the Premier league are shitting themselves over a lawsuit if they don’t approve the deal is a bit wet to say the least.

    I’m all for opinions and thoughts but this is complete and utter madness thinking.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Good morning all

    SO BEGINS ANOTHER DREARY DAY, bit of Madness there.

    So yet another week without an announcement, quite a few posters ,including me , getting worried the takeover will be blocked, but i still cling on to a bit hope.
    After nearly 9 weeks it still has,nt been refused, so that must be a huge positive. If it had been blocked we would sure as hell know about it, so here is hoping that next week is the week.
    If it is,nt over the line by next Friday, then im finished clinging onto the positivity bus,s bumper.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    the shit has got to hit the fan soon,
    one way or the other the PL have to make a decision, they can’t keep put it off indefinitely,
    the PL managements team own credibility as an official body is now being questioned.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Paul Frost (anyone remember him), announcing KK as our new manager in 1992

    https://twitter.com/toonarmy_com/status/1269147006196494338

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Munster

    the 2 times iv seen us discussed on the sunday Supp, Geoff’s questions have all been negative led, all with negative adjectives setting it up to take the convo down the route he wants it to. Dont think he is on tomorrow though by the looks of it so thats something.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Toonboi

    the Owners test isnt secretive, google it, its all out there for people to see, its in the PL handbook i think.

    the Athletic did a good article on it

    https://theathletic.co.uk/1772035/2020/04/26/fit-and-proper-premier-league-newcastle-takeover/

    So we do in fact know what the criteria are and can assume whether it can be legally passed or not.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    It’s obvious to me that the elite clubs are driving the re-start decisions; ie money talks and the PL are scared of action by the clubs.
    This is one reason they will never turn our buyers down. It’s going to make the PL even richer as opposed to Ashley who’s probably taken more money out than put in!

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  • Australian Pie

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Watched Martin Dubravka being interviewed last night and this lad is absolutely in love with the city and club.

    With him signing a long term contract and likely to be here for a total of around 6-8 years. If this takeover goes through, do you think Dubravka could become Newcastles best ever keeper?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #22

    Geordietom I’ve woken up to see the first article being negative from the BBC and had a shit night’s sleep. I’ll me more positive after porridge and strong coffee. I’m still a believer.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Hibbitt technically there is no rush on the PL as nufc has an owner and is functioning normally, ie training and prepping for games etc. The only real issue is if we start to struggle financially etc and that’s not likely.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Australian Pastie

    I think Dubs is one of the best keepers in the PL and if he is here until he sees his current contract out he would get my vote as best ever Toon keeper.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    The O&D test is public knowledge you can read the whole thing on the premier league website.

    There is nothing in it to cover human rights or ethics of any sort so if we are failed it has to be on a legal basis so there will ABSOLUTELY be grounds to sue them if they fail us without watertight legal reasoning.

    The piracy has been thrown out of court previously, the Kashoggi murder never had a conviction and the PIF is a separate legal entity to the government anyway.

    The premier league CAN’T fail the bid. The end!!

    #CANS

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Aussie he has serious improvements to be made in the air and decisiveness there.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #27

    munster …

    good lad …

    coinnigh an creideamh

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Amerimag, what would the PIF sue for?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Tom 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Munster

    You serious in suggesting that if the FA/EPL don’t approve the owners and directors, they don’t have to say why?

    Of course they’ll have to provide a decision and if the any of the O & Ds aren’t approved they’ll have give full a explanation of why.

    And that’s when the shit’ll hit the fan.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Munster

    I had to disagree with you about the PL. You say there is no rush. Really. We are desperate to get the takeover signed off so the new owners can get cracking on layers contracts and tagets for next season. We are losing ground already because of this delay.
    What about getting ST issues sorted. Ashley is,nt bothered, someone needs to start taking responsibility for all of the problems that are popping up at the club, and there are many.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Lesh, I’m not certain that the reasons would have to be public knowledge? I’m not sure, not an expert etc

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  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Munster

    I suspect the good Captain’s suggesting that PIF’d commence litigation to question the reasons behind a fail decision.

    It wouldn’t get that far, even this ‘government’ wouldn’t let it get that far.

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Captain – exactly. All the comments from lawyers, QCs etc emphasise that this has to be looked at from a purely legal standpoint. Concerns about morals, human rights or whatever are very noble and people are entitled to their opinions ( regardless of the hypocrisy and umpteen examples of double standards) but if it is rejected without a legally watertight cause, the implications in terms of lawsuits, damages etc. are immense.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #35

    WL Toon, they’ve taken long enough. My point is that nufc is being administered normally, ie no seismic operational problems. Players are being paid, contracts can be offered etc. I don’t know re season tickets but the PL could sit on this for another month at this rate surely?

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  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Munster

    Any reasons would be provided to the applicants – Ashley (as the NUFC’s the applicant), the Consortium, Stavelely, the Reuben bros, PIF and any individuals – in absolute confidence.

    They’d them consider their positions and there should be a right to object if necessary. Then, to the courts for a big and highly sensitive gunfight that could prove embarrassing to this government and others.

    In my view, it’s too big to stop it.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #37

    https://www.efl.com/-more/governance/efl-rules–regulations/appendix-3—owners-and-directors-test/

    Bit of light reading for you Munster!!

    That’s the owners and directors test in full, to fail the PIF they need to legally prove that they have broken one of these conditions (interestingly murder isn’t even considered!)

    Staveley is currently sueing Barclays for over a billion quid, the premier league want none of this!

    They HAVE to approve the deal and they will.

    Also back to Miguel Delaney…he’s a twat. Pass it on!

    #CANS

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  • fairscup

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #38

    D-Day anniversary – lest we forget.

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  • Darnik

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Reasons don’t have to be public knowledge Munster but would have to be conveyed to pif

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Surely any decision on the takeover must be made before the transfer window opens? To leave the club in limbo during that period would leave us at an obvious disadvantage.
    When does the window open this summer?

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