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Ex-Manager Claims NUFC ‘Warrior’ Open To Move Down South

Football Insider has published some interesting comments from former Scotland manager Alex McLeish on Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie.

The 61-year-old reckons Ritchie would be open to joining a club down south should the opportunity arise. Here’s what McLeish told Football Insider:

“I know Ritchie, I’ve spoken to Ritchie a few times and tried to get him to play regularly for Scotland but there was little I could do.

“I don’t want to discuss anybody’s private life, but I think his family did move back down south and he was kind of maybe looking to move back there to some club.

“He’s been very, very important to Newcastle and he’s fitted into the systems really well. Not only was he a dangerous winger but he played the wing-back position extremely well, he was taught that and he took it in and understood it and you’ve got a great asset there when you’ve got that.

“He’s been a real warrior for Newcastle, I would say, in the last few years but if his family are down south and it’s more of a personal thing, then perhaps it’s a really good move for him.

“You think Bournemouth would still be a force in the Championship to get back to the Premier League.”

There were reports last week that Newcastle were pursuing a Ritchie plus cash offer for Callum Wilson. However, if that is accurate, Newcastle didn’t waste any time once an agreement couldn’t be reached.

Rather Newcastle altered course and had a £20m bid accepted for Wilson. The club also hashed out personal terms very quickly to bring in a much-needed Premier League proven striker.

Bournemouth reportedly are still keen on working out a deal for Ritchie. If McLeish is correct that the 30-year-old is hoping to move to a club closer to his family, a return to Bournemouth certainly makes sense.

However, we find it strange that Ritchie would want to leave Tyneside after just inking a new deal in March. He also was a first-choice winger down the stretch over loanee Valentino Lazaro.

While that may have changed with the arrival of his former Bournemouth teammate Ryan Fraser, Ritchie seems the sort of character who relishes competition.

So we’ll have to wait and see if there’s anything to these claims from McLeish. We expect Matt is itching to play a big part for Newcastle this season after his injury struggles last term.

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14 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    “I’ve spoken to Ritchie a few times”

    Yep, he’s got a genuine insight into the workings of Matt Ritchie’s mind, no doubt!

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    You guys do realise 13 is Wilsons number he wanted?

    Why make Joe feel shit and give Wilson a number he doesn’t want

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3


    You keep going on at Munster for his Rafa posts but you never tire at putting a negative spin on every single bit of positive NUFC news…

    Your latest and of course previously repeated negs;

    “We only bought Wilson because Gayle got injured.” the Soumare bid was a charade” and “Luckily it was Bmouth that went down otherwise it would have been Lansbury and Samatta instead of Wilson and Fraser.”

    As I’ve said before…

    You’d moan your t*ts off if you won the Euromillions….

    And found out you had to share £100M.

  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    NUFC 360
    Callum Wilson vs West Ham:

    Apps – 8
    Goals – 7

    Bring on Saturday Fisted hand #nufc

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I was at West Ham away last season, Miggy and ASM gave them an absolute nightmare.

    Can see similar happening again

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    If everyone is fit its hard to see where Richie would really get a game now

    Be a good sub to have for coming on if we need to change it up against tired legs

    Personally I would keep him for this season while we are still in transition and maybe look to upgrade next season if we have a takeover

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Love those stats Mund, can’t wait to see him in action.

    I will be in the pub from first kick off till ours finishes. Going to be a good 10 hour slog haha

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Depends between how many people.

  • geordie157

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Hoping Fraser makes the bench, i get a feeling Ritchie will start but i’d go with

    Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis
    Shelvey, Hayden
    ASM, Almiron, Joelinton

    Gillespie, Kraft, Dummett, S.Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser, Carroll

    oops Ritchie didnt make the bench.

    If Joelinton is fit and ready, no better time to put him on the left while Fraser builds up fitness.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Keith Downie
    Callum Wilson: “The club record signing wears no.9. I want to add to the dressing room, not disrupt it. No.13 means a lot to me and that’s why I’ve worn it for the last six years.”

    Callum Wilson says number 9 “wasn’t available” but “It’s about the badge on the front not the number on your back

  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #12


    Are you going to tell me what you where on about?

  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Darnik going straight in lol

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 9, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #14

    I wouldn’t write Jo off yet.

    He was isolated up on his own last season with ASM and Al dropping deep for their defensive duties. He had two, sometimes three defenders, around him with none of our players close when he got the ball and that role must have been totally alien to him.

    He was a bad signing as a CF, of that there is no doubt, but that doesn’t make him the duffer many claim. Many experienced foreign CF’s have failed in the Prem never mind one who isn’t.

    As others have pointed out, we now have plenty of pace with ASM, Al, Fraser and Murphy and that will stretch defences and leave more space for Jo if he plays in his preferred position. I’ll judge him when and if he gets a run in the team there.

    Like ASM and Al he will be a better player for playing last season in the Prem, the pace and physicality is totally different from other European leagues which is why so many players either fail or take time to adjust.

    What I like about Jo is that even though he was plainly struggling and would have been aware of the stick and disappointment from fans in his performances he never tried to go missing in games – I think there is a resilience in the lad that will help him to come good.

    I hope so.


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