While the Premier League continues its exhaustive (to say the least) owners’ and directors’ tests for the Saudi-backed consortium hoping to buy Newcastle, there’s many aspects of the club that remain in limbo.
One of the most important to Newcastle fans is the fate of local lad Matty Longstaff. Last week it was revealed that Serie A’s Udinese had offered young Matty a five-year deal worth £30k/week to move to the North East of Italy after his contract expires this month.
Lee Charnley finally countered with a £20k/week offer after refusing to budge on his initial offering earlier this season. The reports are that the 20-year-old has rejected this improved deal.
The Chronicle have published some comments from Alan Shearer who implores Matty to stay at Newcastle.
This is what the Newcastle legend had to say:
“If he leaves at the end of his contract, it will be a great shame because he’s a local boy and you don’t know what’s around the corner with the looming takeover.
“For someone who has started just six league games, it would be a huge gamble to move to Udinese and I really hope it doesn’t backfire for him.
“If the figures we’re hearing are correct then Newcastle have put a very good offer on the table.
“I understand their stance because you’ve got a 20-year-old who has not played much and wasn’t even in the equation at the beginning of the season.
“They feel they’ve offered him a lot of money, with increases going up and up each year, which he or his agent clearly doesn’t think is enough.
“And if Longstaff has already agreed to move, there’s little more they can do.”
We’ve not heard that Longstaff has agreed to the move. If he has, that would be a massive shame. The hope is that he’ll wait until this takeover saga comes to a conclusion before making his decision.
When that will be is just not clear at the moment. There’s so much for the Premier League to weigh with this decision, not to mention three separate investors are going through the tests.
Hopefully, the league is just being ultra-cautious in anticipation of the backlash they’ll receive from those who want this takeover to fail. However, the length of time it’s taking could have some unfortunate consequences for Newcastle, even if the acquisition is approved.
Matty running around the Stadio Friuli in the black and white stripes of Udinese would be a bitter pill to swallow.
82 comments so far
Jun 8, 2020 at 9:54 AMComment #1
Some will use the Longstaff situation as a rod to beat the club with
They cannot help themselves
However in this particular situation I feel the club is blameless and young Matty
is being very badly advised.
Having said that , of course the whole situation could be media bollix.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:01 AMComment #2
At least he will still be in the north east and in black and white.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:08 AMComment #3
Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood with his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago with his friend, a jealous monk
Now he looked so immaculately frightful as he bummed a cigarette
And he when off sniffing drainpipes and reciting the alphabet
Think you need a dictionary in another language to decipher the above. would you be so kind as to explain?
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:15 AMComment #4
Anglo Saxon it’s Bob Dylans Desolation Row
At the time he was heavily influenced by beat poets like Ginsberg
and into stream of consciousness poems set to music.
Words picked and placed together for their sound rather than their meaning
the crown princes nashers
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:15 AMComment #5
I agree jib, greed and here we go again, hardly played this season along with his brother who played great under rafa yet rubbish under good old bruce, about time these players started to get loyal to there clubs instead of there bank accounts, this is what I hate about football
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:17 AMComment #6
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:19 AMComment #7
Jib, Gallows humour think he wants a rope around his neck.
the crown princes nashers
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:19 AMComment #8
we best get them 8 points and quick tom, I would have prefered null and void this season really
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:20 AMComment #9
jib, Thanks for the heads up.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:21 AMComment #10
would anyone want this Henry Mauriss guy would we be Swapping one Ashley for anonther Ashley ? …
know who i’d rather have …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:23 AMComment #11
agree, but i recon we will be ok mate win the first 2 games the we can relax …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:23 AMComment #12
Jun 8, 2020 at 9:32 AM
We don’t exist as a sporting enterprise until he’s gone
As time goes by it’s looking more likely he’s just strung everyone along
…..Utter horse manure
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:24 AMComment #13
Roy and Stan Smith at the Ship
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:25 AMComment #14
Tom spot on mate.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:27 AMComment #15
now can i put a joke on 😀
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:28 AMComment #16
Stavely reportedly facing an 800m writ against her if she wins against Barclay’s from an ex colleague who reportedly had a verbal agreement with her to split profits 50/50.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:29 AMComment #17
Dave put the post to hibbit last night mate, it was the smith brothers, they were musicians 5 of them they had recorded 2 songs and appeared on the telly.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:30 AMComment #18
I’ve read a bit on Henry Mauriss
He’s sports daft
A financial wizard
Really media savvy with great connections in the TV world
A family guy who like Rafa dotes on his daughters who are
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:30 AMComment #19
Tom from previous
Yea he had a lot of blackmailing material and use to boast that he couldn’t be touched. For me he was lucky he got the easy way out because people like that should be tortured slowly not a quick death.
Watch that doco on Netflix mental mate. The picture you see of Prince Andrew with his arm around the young girl well that girl features prominently in that documentary along with a lot of others and the stuff she says about Prince Andrew wow and then that interview he did so cringy and awkward.
What makes it worse with Prince Andrew is I heard that when Prince Harry stepped away from his Royal duty he was told he would have to hand his military medals in or something like that and here’s Prince Andrew with all his still in tact. Crazy world we live in.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:30 AMComment #20
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:30 AMComment #21
Much as some would like to bash the club, as Shearer says, this is a solid offer. I’m not sure if Mattie is smart enough or diligent enough to learn Italian. Maybe he is , maybe he isnt. But that has to be a factor aswell. If this kid was from London we wouldnt be all that bothered. Nice if he stayed, but if PIF take over, I think we would all be hoping that he probably wouldnt be on the team, and that a midfielder like Soumare would be. Id rather he stayed but…
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:32 AMComment #22
Jib, we might need him yet. Any idea of his spending power though? Would we even be able to compete with Leicester / Wolves in transfer market ?
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:33 AMComment #23
?… anglo …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:33 AMComment #24
For Anglo Saxon,Hibbit,DaveD,and Lesh and any body else from the Hebburn area, or who like history.
I didn’t want to re-post from last thread.
Here’s some more about The HMS Kelly
Built @ R&W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd in 1937
Has the Pub called the Kelly survived ??
Someone may find footage of Alan Price’s musical play 😉
As for that American guy saying he will pass the PLtest yeah right he’s as dodgy as Rodger the Dodger 😉 allegedly
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:33 AMComment #25
didnt work …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:34 AMComment #26
Reports saying we would be put off by the price of that lad from QPR.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:36 AMComment #27
i’m gonna dig the netflix one out mate to see if it any different to the one on sky might have a bit more in it than sky did …
still sick barstools …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:37 AMComment #28
anglo/dave the smith brothers music
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:37 AMComment #29
whats the on on netflix called ? …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:38 AMComment #30
Tom you should keep them jokes for the evening entertainment after midnight, carltoon would love them think she’s got a soft spot for you mate.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:39 AMComment #31
first time to day and i aint brain washing 😀
i’m confident and i’m staying confident abut the takeover of out club happening …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:40 AMComment #32
careful mate you’ll incur the wrath of Carltoon … 😀
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:41 AMComment #33
Roy owned it Stan managed it. Roy was big dark haired happy chappy. Stan was a bad tempered moaning git
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:41 AMComment #34
Does seem odd that with any alleged bid we receive there’s always another bidder in the wings willing to pay more, funny how they always mysteriously vanish once the first bid falls through …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:41 AMComment #35
Jeffery Epstein Filthy Rich.
Try Mcmillions as well mate mental that.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:42 AMComment #36
I was born in Hebburn.
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:42 AMComment #37
you said to hibbit that he put your name on here in one of your convo’s with him i’m going with McDonald…
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:44 AMComment #38
he got done for fraud and the other bloke got he blame and Epstein walked away , madness mate …
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:45 AMComment #39
Jib and The Crown Prince’s Nashers,
I’m much more upset about Mike Ashley’s greed and lack of ambition that I am upset with Matty for wanting out. He’s on a joke of a wage currently, earns less than most sparkies or a plumbers near me, and the lack of ambition we have currently is startling. Honestly, if you were Matty, why would you want to stay? Would you risk signing a new contract on the off chance that the takeover actually happens this time?
Personally I’d take any opportunity to be guaranteed a decent wage in these uncertain times, and I wouldn’t expect our player to be loyal to the club when the owners are not loyal to the players or the fans. Maybe Matty is smart enough to know that he will only ever be viewed as an asset to Ashley. Honestly, would any of you want to work for him?
Jun 8, 2020 at 10:46 AMComment #40
When I invaded the North East I lived in Pelaw