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After Takeover Disappointment, Newcastle Need To Keep This Magpie On Tyneside



With the sad news of the takeover’s demise still setting in for many fans, the focus is now shifting toward next season where we’ll likely find it hard to make to much improvement on our 13th place finish.

Without the injection of Saudi riches and the damage the coronavirus has wreaked on club finances, Newcastle will have limited funds to make the necessary improvements in the squad.

Much of the reported £30m or so should be used to get in a couple of strikers as that’s the pressing issue that needs to be sorted. So that will leave little for other areas of need like the midfield and at left-back.

Newcastle are reported to be in negotiations for two free agents in midfielder Arnaud Lusamba and winger Ryan Fraser. Both would be good additions in the current climate.

There’s also Danny Rose, who Steve Bruce is keen to get back on a permanent deal after his half-season loan spell.

There was a report yesterday from Sport Witness who cite a German outlet that Schalke’s hopes of selling Nabil Bentaleb took a hit due to the takeover failure. However, we would think the opposite to be the case.

Whether Newcastle still want to pursue Bentaleb on anything other than another loan deal seems highly unlikely to us.

That leaves the situation with Matty Longstaff. Newcastle must redouble their efforts to keep the youngster at the club. His options are likely to be plentiful as he’ll be a very good bargain for some clubs with limited budgets.

There are reports West Ham, Southampton, and Burnley are monitoring his situation along with interest from Udinese in Serie A.

It would raise some spirits on Tyneside if Newcastle can convince Matty to sign a long term deal.

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276 comments so far

  • toon22

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #81

    Can’t go in the ground but you can protest outside
    They seem to be fine with massive protests

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #82

    Chi Onwurah concluded her letter to Masters
    “This is a long letter, but by no means as long as the wait my constituents have had to endure. I fear your answers to my questions are going to be a polite reprise of ‘none of your business’. I hope you understand that this further strengthens the argument for greater regulation of the Premier League, more financial and governance transparency, and more involvement of fans in decision making. I shall therefore be asking the government to act immediately on its manifesto promise of a “fan-led” review into the structures of the national game.”

    She has long been an advocate of more fan participation

    I think she scents blood

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #83

    If I was to post on here that I thought that political pressure had come from nation states, that international agencies had been persuaded to protest, along with MPs and alleged fiances of murdered journalist/spy (delete as opinion), all to prevent the sale of a football club to a consortium containing a Saudi investment fund; although some may disagree, I don’t think I’d be called a ‘crazy tinfoil-hat wearing conspiracy theory nut’.
    However, if I was to say the same thing on a Washington Red Skins blog, I could possibly expect such accusations, along with being accused of being their equivalent of a mackem wum.
    The point being that we are better informed in these matters and I would agree it does sound crazy, and there is more that could be added to make it seem even more crazy. But we have followed these stories as they have unfolded and to us they are ‘facts’ of sorts.
    So to the point of this post; it irks me when people call out poster’s claims as crazy BS without first examining what they are saying. Just because something seems unbelievable doesn’t mean it is not true.
    Personally I have no idea to the validity of the prince’s nasher’s claims and no interest in exploring them. But for me they are not beyond the realms of possibility.
    To try and illustrate my point, here are two statements:
    1- the nation state of Qatar is trying to derail the sale of NUFC.
    2- BBC TV news reported the collapse of one of the buildings on 9/11 20 minutes before it actually collapsed.
    The first statement is an opinion to which I have no concrete evidence. The second statement is a fact.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #84

    Chill lads and lasses, I said last night we will be owned by the saudi’s and I’m a gambling man, the PL will be sh@ting themselves now. Come on

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #85

    its war its as simple as that, if the PL and there small cartel think we wont do nothing about this they best wake up and smell the roses, lets make it impossible for these clubs to get in the ground never mind play, make there supporters dread with fear on coming to st james park, how long has the PL all the clubs and there supporters and the media have constantly taken the p$$s out of us on a constant basis well lets see how they get on when the season starts aye

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  • jane

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #86

    FA cup on BBC1.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #87

    they can shove it where the sun doesnt shine jane 🙂 along with england as well

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #88

    An eerily deserted Wembley for one of the showpieces of English footy
    Truly strange times we live in

    2
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #89

    Thanks Jane, FA cup time. I hope they remember to switch the goal line technology on. Is this the one sponsored by emirates, I wonder who will win…….he he he

    1
  • the crown princes nashers

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #90

    no doubt jib and its going to get a lot worse, wait for these idiotic passports to get into the ground, no vaccine no nothing this is what there going to do to every single one of us unless we do something about it, you cant tell me with the death rate at 00.34% of the worlds population is classed as a pandemic when the spanish flu wasnt even classed as such and that killed up to 70 million world wide plus swine flu, asian flu the list is endless they been trying to do this for decades

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  • jane

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #91
  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #92

    The medical ventilator was invented in 1928 by Philip Drinker and Louis Agassiz Shaw, professors at the School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish researcher, is credited with the discovery of penicillin the first antibiotic in 1928.
    Unfortunately both those events occurred 10 years after the Spanish flu pandemic

    1
  • jane

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #93

    “Coronavirus: Russia plans mass vaccination campaign in October”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53621708

    beginning of the end?

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #94

    Arsenal have turned diving into an art form

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  • jonnyshaw85

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #95

    For my work we have a contact with Saudi Aramco so I’ve passed the petition link to some of the guys.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #96

    wow, are you serious ED

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #97

    Apologies

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #98

    Pelanty

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #99

    magscar,
    Who’s preaching, all I done was express my disappointment at the amount of donations on SBR’s page and said howay man. You don’t have to display your name as a badge, you can go anonymous. Yes there are loads of charities but the man who that particular charity is named after gets a lot of mentions on here. I think it’s a little bit out of order you having a go at me for trying to encourage people to donate a very little sum of money to a very good cause.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #100

    Game on Ron, is it worth watching, if so I’ll get it on the i player?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #101

    tcpn,
    The Spanish flu was after the first world war and the world was in turmoil, they didn’t have global media then and most people lived in poverty, they were very different times.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #102

    I hope to foot we haven’t been used as a pawn by PiF to get their hands on Man U, test the waters with us to see what the PL will and won’t accept, when it was almost done pull out and buy Man U 🙁

    7
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #103

    Some good football, Jail.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #104

    Ron,
    I’m really stuggling to muster any kind of excitement going in to the new season, this whole experience has left me deflated.

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  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #105

    Jail I feel exactly the same. Just doesn’t seem anything much to look forward to any more.
    Wonder what the Sunday papers are going to come up with tomorrow to keep this story going

    2
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #106

    Me too Jail. But I suspect I’ll be watching and swearing at my PC once it starts.

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #107

    Somebody was telling me earlier that the sun today had a good write up.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #108

    Northumbrian,
    In the recipes section?

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #109

    Another season of mediocrity and staving off relegation.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #110

    I’m not sure on what grounds Ashley is going to plead poverty this window considering he’s furloughed all our staff.

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #111

    Yeah under limp lettuce.
    😉

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #112

    Ron,
    Trying to stave off relegation 😮

    1
  • magscar

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #113

    Jail

    You are pointing out how few you reckon have contributed to a good cause (amongst many) and trying to “shame” others of the 80 (your figure never counted) who posted a year ago their guesses to Martoon.You have mentioned at least twice possibly more – suggesting once is sufficient

    There was never a requirement to make any kind of donation from Martoon in any of the years he has happily put up his forecast for us to add to as and if we wish. I couldn’t even remember contributing my guesses as I wasn’t in a good frame of mind after events a year ago

    If you want to have bets with other posters and donate to SBR foundation that’s fine – your choice but I prefer not to be cajoled into deciding on which good causes I choose to support with my donations just because posted something I forgot about.

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  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #114

    What I can’t understand in all this is how clubs have any say in the matter and also why aren’t the clubs owned by the likes of the Chinese and Russians attracting negative attention
    The owners and directors test has nothing to do with the clubs at all
    Also the last thing I saw about wet spam complaining is laughable given that they’re in a state sponsored stadium and run by the porn brothers

    2
  • the crown princes nashers

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #115

    a matter of fact jail the spanish flu was the latter end of ww1, thats how it travelled around the world with the help of the american army being sent to the trenches in belguim and france they say it killed about 5% of the worlds population and infected over 500 million world wide, coronavirus has killed 00.34% of the worlds population and just look what they have done to the whole world because of it

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  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #116

    36000

    4
  • Tsunki

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #117

    There are folk who really don’t like change. The coming season will be right up their street.

    5
  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #118

    night all enjoy the petty bickering

    3
  • hibbit

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #119

    rome burns and you lot fiddle,

    4
  • Tsunki

    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #120

    Have I missed the latest Covid-19 conspiracy theory? Is this the one where the world’s governments want to curtail our freedom of movement? Lock us in our houses?

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