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Newcastle Have Strong Squad For The Final Nine Premier League Games



Steve Bruce confirmed yesterday that the six players out of contract on June 30th this year have all agreed to stay on with Newcastel for the final nine games of the Premier League season.

The three loan players we brought in last January, Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro, Schalke 04’s Nabil Bentaleb, and Tottenham’s Danny Rose have come back to renew their loan spells until the end of the season.

That’s a relief.

The other three players are Andy Carroll, Javier Manquillo, and of course, 20-year-old Matty Longstaff.

There was news yesterday that Newcastle want to keep former Spanish U21 International right-back and Sunderland loanee Manquillo at the club, and have offered him a long term contract.

And Matty Longstaff (shown above), according to Steve Bruce yesterday, has been offered a fantastic new contract by the club, thought to be around £20K/week.

If you believe the news of the last few weeks Italian club Udinese have offered him £30k/week to leave his home town club this summer and try his luck at Udine, in north-east Italy.

Andy Carroll will be hoping to stay clear of injuries in the final 9 games and contribute to the side, although we think he will get another season at his home town club under the new owners.

And it looks like Manquillo could get some games at right-back, where he has looked an improved player this season.

We’re not sure which of the loan players will be wanted permanently if we do get new owners in, but the bar will have been raised significantly for everybody at Newcastle.

But first things first we suppose, and we start tomorrow, at home to Sheffield United, to try to complete the Premier League season.

And we also have that quarter-final of the FA Cup against a good-looking Manchester City side.

Howay The Bonnie Lads!!

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41 comments so far

  • Northumbrian

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    C’mon the boys, a strong start couple o wins and safety.

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I can’t handle sad stories i become a withering wreck. Alway remember watching The Champ when i was a wee lad it broke me lol

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Man city had lost their sparkle this season before lockdown. It’ll be interesting to see if they can get that back and how quickly they do it.

    Nobody sees them as a pushover but nobody sees them as invincible either any longer.

    We have to pay them twice. One for the fa cup semis, one potentially to confirm our premier League survival. Two massive games, I think we can win both.

    HWTL

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  • Insh'Allah

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    martoon, I can’t post it all, but here’s the bit on Bruce:-

    Steve Bruce lost both of his parents two years ago. Joe, his dad, worked at Parsons, the engineering firm, on the same machine for more than 30 years and then retired at 62. He was a steadfast kind of man. Quiet. “He was like a lot of working-class fathers,” Bruce says. “Went to work, enjoyed a few beers at the club at the weekend. He was satisfied with that.” Joe “never wanted the limelight, never wanted to be seen as a footballer’s dad”.

    When he played, Bruce would speak to his dad before every match. “I’d ring him on a Friday and he’d ask, ‘Who have you got tomorrow?’ I’d tell him and we’d have a chat.” Sheenagh, his mam, would proclaim her son’s achievements at Manchester United from the rooftops. With Joe, “if you got a ‘well done’, you’d be happy. It was that steely thing with him. In the end, it was over a Glenmorangie or a pint and he’d say, ‘Yeah, you’ve done OK, son’.”

    Joe was Steve’s route to Newcastle, the club he supported as a kid. He thinks his first match at St James’ was to see “Bobby Moore’s great West Ham team” but the years and the games have blurred. He vividly recalls the semi-final of the Fairs Cup, when Newcastle played Rangers and “the Scots were kicking off everywhere — bloody hell” and the first leg of the final against Ujpest Dozsa when he “was passed over the heads of the crowd so that I could get a place near the front”.

    And now, at the age of 59, Bruce is back at Newcastle, this great, restless, northern leviathan. “That’s one of my biggest regrets, that my dad — and my mam — never knew I was manager,” he says. “They would have been very proud. Mind, Dad would have said, ‘Are you mad, son?’ because that’s what he always said. He hated me being in management. He found the whole experience far too stressful. He took it all very personally. He didn’t enjoy it at all, you know.”

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    The Champ (1979)
    Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. With Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden///

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  • Insh'Allah

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Joe is unlikely to have relished every aspect of Steve’s return home. It had been a wearing season, even before the prospect of takeover jumbled everybody’s brains. Mike Ashley’s ownership has always caused divisions and, for some, Bruce is a symbol of it. To others, he will never be good enough. He has taken that and sucked it up and knuckled down, and although the football has been a grind, they are on 35 points, eight clear of the bottom three. They are OK. One truth which should be acknowledged: it could be a whole lot worse.

    On Sunday, Bruce will coach his Newcastle team, his dad’s team. It will be Father’s Day, his first at the club and in this capricious occupation, he cannot know for certain there will be any more. “I’ll think about him,” Bruce says. “I miss him, miss both of them, every day; they just flash into your head sometimes, when you don’t expect it, especially now, especially being at home. How could they not? But it’s a weird sensation.”

    This stadium, so often a force of nature, this place of worship and fury, will stand empty. So many ghosts. “We’ve trained at the ground just to get a feel for it, and it’s eerie,” Bruce says. “You feel the size of it, the weight. You know it’s the same bit of grass but football belongs to the people and here, it’s what their lives are geared around. It isn’t the same without them. It can’t be. Let’s hope the world can fix itself. They’ve got to come back.”

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Rob,, judging by what I saw against arsenal we will need 11 players plus 5 sub’s just to keep up with them. I thought they looked super sharp for 1st game back.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Wow Rob, that’s optimism- hope you’re right though 😉

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    MUND or this one …
    https://youtu.be/XOiCjhq9RUc

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Good morning all, the sun is out but there are 4 games to enjoy so i`le stay indoors all day.

    Another theory why this takeover hasn`t been announced.

    Maybe an announcement wont be made til Monday after we have got the Shef U game out of the way as to not be accused of influencing the game if we were to win. Hmm, just a thought

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Rob
    Full marks for optimism but I think it best to wait until about 4:00 pm tomorrow to see whether lockdown has given some of our players their sparkle and that they can gel from the off.

    Not sure if Wednesdays match was good for us or not. Sheff Utd should have won (if Hawkeye working) but were uninspiring. Could be they have got it out of their system and are different proposition tomorrow.

    No way of knowing until we start and how all this takeover speculation has effected different players especially any loanees but hoping for a win

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    tom

    mate you’ve just broke me again there, tears rolling down my cheeks.

    The kid who played DJ was incredible didn’t realise how good he was till watching that back.

    John Voight one of my fav actors, love him in Ray Donovan as well, brilliant he is.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I did say we can win both, not that we will

    😉

    Two massive games that will go a long way to how we remember this season, I think.

    Nobody will be surprised if we lose both, but if we were to win both then nobody will forget that for years to come.

    Some moments define a clubs history and these could be two such moments.

    Huge.

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  • magscar

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Micky

    Some (unexpected) philosophical words from Bruce in that extract – liked it

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  • toon22

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    The turds not going to sell us
    Cabbage heed will need to get used to an empty stadium

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Mund …

    sorry mate spoilt your day … 😀

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    FFS the Haribo kids up early …

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    tom

    lol nah mate it’s all good took me back is all, great bloody movie tho….

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  • toon22

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Once this years colossal mugging off becomes apparent you think people will be rushing to buy those season tickets ?
    During all the chaos thats happening right now ??

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #21

    22

    have you been giving an extra bag of sour snakes for breakfast or summit?

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22

    22

    you do know you sound like the biggest PR on this blog don’t you?

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Mund …

    john voight’s daughter is Angelina Jolie , a movie she made ”SALT ” pretty good …

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #24

    I think we will one of the Man City games, hopefully the cup game. If we beat them in the Quarters i fancy us to win the cup.

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  • toon22

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Mund

    The turd pays people to post on this blog to defend him and his actions
    I think you can be sure im not here to defend him in any way

    Are you saying you dont mind them, its just me that annoys you ?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Rob; Man City were brilliant on Wednesday. You also need to factor in that they can bring on 5 subs, who would walk in to any other team in the PL, if things were going a bit awry. We have no chance in either match for that reason alone.

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    tom

    aye i know mate didn’t speak for years i think i heard something about them reconciling tho

    mad about movies always have been since my grandad brought me up on Bond

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  • toon22

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #28

    This year the turd has torn the club a new one
    A colossal mugging off
    All in the name of his tat shops

    You dont seem to mind any of it

    When do you think we will be signing Bale ??

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #29

    mund …

    aye good movie for its time did you look at the second link of the original …

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30

    WL,, I’d rather we won the league points mate, I’d rather have safety than a cup unfortunately.

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31

    the thing is 22 i can overlook them because they don’t sprout repetitive crap over and over and over. Your relentless fella and i don’t see the point in it all as i’ve explained before. Why sit and torture yourself mate why??

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  • toon22

    Jun 20, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Im guessing they are waiting till Sunday to un vale Pochettino as our new manger

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Still can`t get on the site through the normal procedure, have to go Incognito to post . It`s really doing my head in.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #34

    toon22 …

    i hear their looking for someone to play the Haribo kid in a movie , you gonna apply for it …

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Northunbrian,

    We might be safe by the time we play them mate, we only need 4 points imo

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    tom

    i did mate i havent saw the original tho…

    have you ever heard of a movie called Yojimbo?

    i mentioned to jail before but i don’t think he answered me…

    the amount of movies that have sprouted since this samurai movie Yojimbo. It inspired Clint Eastwood’s character in the dollars trilogy.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Northumbrian…@ 30

    i was just gonna say the beat me to it …

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #38

    that*

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  • geordietom

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Mund …

    nope mate never seen it to be honest with you , the magnificent seven was supposed to be based on samurai’s…

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  • Mund

    Jun 20, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #40

    aye it defo was

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