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Who Did Our Readers Select As The Man Of The Match At West Ham?



Newcastle put in a very solid and professional display against West Ham on Saturday. While it was an open game, Newcastle took a couple of their many chances to grab all three points. It is the first time that’s happened in the opening matchday since 2012.

Steve Bruce got courageous and named a side with two strikers in a fluid 4-4-2. It resulted in a plethora of chances while also remaining solid at the back.

There were many performances to get excited about. Especially those of the three new lads who Bruce named in the starting eleven.

Jamal Lewis linked up well with Allan Saint-Maximin down the left. After a tentative start, he grew into the game and ended up putting in a very good debut.

Callum Wilson, in just his first match, showed what a transformative signing he could end up being for this team. He was constantly on the prowl for space in the box and made this team look such a threat while he was on the pitch.

Then there’s Jeff Hendrick, who was pushed out to the right. He had a quiet first half but came alive during the second. His graft was relentless while he also displayed some moments of genuine class.

The Republic of Ireland international, on the back of his goal and assist, has claimed our first Man of the Match poll of the season. Hendrick received 40% of the total vote as he gets the nod over both strikers, Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll, who come in second and third.

It was an excellent display all around. Considering the team featured three new signings, two of whom were just signed earlier in the week, there could be a lot to get excited about this season.

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34 comments so far

  • Mund

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    TNA

    That you did mate that you did.

    HWTL

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  • Mund

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    hibbit

    I’m in the same boat as you I don’t think the league will want it to go as far as court as dirty laundry will be public viewing.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Err, might not be a popular question but why does the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia not want to be the named owner of NUFC?

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Geordietom

    Maybe it was the effects of multi-litres of Efes?

    :;

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Lindisfarne

    I can’t see a crown prince wanting to be directly associated with the ownership – it’ll be beneath him.

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  • Mund

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Craig Hope
    @CraigHope_DM
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    42s
    – Sources say Ashley wants to prove PL did not apply O&D test correctly in hope of bringing Saudis back to table
    – They say no mention of compensation
    – Other sources do not understand legal action given PL did not reject deal & buyers publicly withdrew

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  • Mund

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Mike Ashley is not motivated by compensation and instead wants his legal action lead by some of the world’s most respected sports lawyers to unravel the real reasons behind the Premier League’s actions regarding the takeover. #nufc [Daily Mail]

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    The money that PIF has comes from the Saudi state, ultimately controlled by the Crown Prince and he is the CEO of the investment fund. Why should he not be the named owner of the club as is every other club in PL?

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Repost as it took a while

    Imagine what kinds of skeletons in how many closets could be revealed by this case – collusion of the PL with the top clubs, restrictions of competition by favouring the top 6 clubs, the influence on PL decisions by third parties including BEiN Sports and other foreign commercial rights holders, the process for the appointment of Directors, oversight and accountability of the Premier League and its workings, the input of the desires / wishes of the fans of individual clubs.

    This could essentially become a root and branch analysis of the whole decision making process and governance of the Premier League. Would they really want to lay themselves open to that? Surely better to just climb down and pass the O&D test, which they’ll be forced to do anyway.

    Imagine the class-action lawsuit from ‘the other 14’ if it’s found that the Premier League and the top 6 have been colluding to restrict the chances of the other clubs to compete with them. It would be worth billions!

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Not trying to put a damper on proceedings but is he doing this because he wasnt allowed to sell and wants compensation.
    Or he is doing this to push the sale through so many false Dawn’s I dare not hope it’s going to go through

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  • toon22

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s obvious the turds lawyers will tear the prem a new one
    They unanimously decided to not decide as no decision was made
    But offered arbitration for what they didn’t do ?

    It’s going to be a right laugh watching them explain that

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 14, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    @lindisfarne

    The money that PIF has comes from the Saudi state, ultimately controlled by the Crown Prince and he is the CEO of the investment fund. Why should he not be the named owner of the club as is every other club in PL?
    ====================================================

    The PIF & Saudi Govt are 2 separate legal entities. PIF invests funds on behalf of the Saudi Govt.

    Once again, PIF & Saudi Govt are separate entities and not the same.

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  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Well well well it’s all getting interesting now isn’t it. From the Newcastle statement I thought that Mike Ashley must have something, no chance he’d release a statement like that without anything to back it up. The fact that the Law firm have made a public statement I think is also a tactic to shake up the Premier League in the hopes that to save everyone time and money, they can settle something out of court. I think a lot of this development is going to rest on what Mike Ashley actually wants out of it. If he is offered compensation out of court, will he accept it? Or would he rather rip the league to shreds in court in the hope of having the saudi deal back on the cards? I hope it’s the latter but given his history with the club, I have a bad feeling that he may accept a cash settlement out of court if it’s offered.

    God I would love these lawyers to tear apart Masters and co in court though…

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Leah

    Then I would suggest PIF have acted with incompetence in attempting to buy the club. Either the Crown Prince has to relinquish his position in the company, or they should have formed a ‘shell’ company with assets equal to the value of the bid, which would have to be owned by another individual with a greater shareholding. Alternatively pump investment into Reuben Bros and make them the majority owner.
    The PL was very willing to discuss all these avenues, in order to make the bid align with all the other clubs. But it seems someone has thrown his toys out of the pram.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Anybody else select him as our POS? 🙂

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    #Lesh

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Rob
    As for skeletons in closets,you’d have to assume that Ashley doesn’t have any otherwise he might be reluctant to leave open the possibility of any being exposed.

    Not a PR message by the way, just a thought! 🙂

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Lol, Bill – you’re going to be dining out on this one for a while, by all accounts.

    Well deserved MotM award, however – I did vote for him as that, if not as player of the season.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Fair comment, Bill – these things do rub both ways.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    lesh …

    i only had a few E’fes honest m’lud 😀

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    For those asking about compensation. It is not how courts work.

    The legal action is that the PL intentionally and illegal blocked a trade from happening. The lawyers onboard are ruthless who have taken on bigger companies than the PL and won. They would only take this case if they knew they would win.

    When the court rules that the PL acted inappropriately and in the interests of others, the ruling will be that the takeover is greenlit to go through. It is about the takeover itself. The ruling will be that the takeover cannot be blocked. Same thing happened with Southampton.

    Everyone, including the lawyers, know the only reason they delayed for 17 weeks is because Hoffman was acting on behalf of Qatar.

    Masters and Hoffman will be lucky to survive this legal action.

    The evidence is overwhelming in Ashley’s favour. With these lawyers on his side the PL are in BIG trouble now. Corruption will be exposed in public.

    When that ruling comes through, it will be up to PIF to buy the club or not. But all obstacles to that purchase will have been removed.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    i really think Ashley wants to sell the club i hope he takes the PL to court and expose them for what they really are . hope it comes out in court that there was outside influences and we get to know who ( which teams ) they are . and lets not forget bein ( Qatar ) and old hairy hands knowing things that was going on behind the scenes . i really hope it all comes out in Court …

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    ilovetoon8788

    It was Amanda Stavely that suggested the PL wanted to tie the bid to the Saudi state. As far as I am aware the PL want the Crown Prince named in the bid as he is the CEO of the investment fund, just like every other PL club.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #24

    @Lindisfarne

    If Crown Prince is named (as PL wanted) then it can never be passed as the club is attached to piracy and human rights issues. Direct link to the state.

    Can only be passed if a company separate to the state of Saudi Arabia.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    have to ask …

    is the shit gonna hit the fan …

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    No fan of Ashley but the club and the fans must get right behind him his proposed legal action against Masters and Co and the EPL. He has hired one of the premier legal teams in the business. Nick DeMarco is very well respected as one of the top legal eagles in the country. I too think that the Premier League will back down before it goes as far as court but I harbour reservations/ doubts that The Saudis, Amanda and the Reuben Brothers will bring the deal back to the table. It’s just not the way the Saudis tackle things in their business dealings.They would much rather walk away than be humiliated in public as the EPL have done to them.
    However if it does nothing other than shame the EPL from future underhand dealings like this in the future it will have achieved something.
    Masters and his cronies are sadly, in my view, just puppets to the Top SIX : Liverpool,Man City , Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in no particular order who don’t want any other club muscling in on their tidy little comfort zone which continues to allow them to sweep up all the best available players and leaving the other 14 as also rans. Problem is the gap is becoming bigger and bigger. Masters and Co OUT!

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Bruce confirms Muto on his way within 24 hours and others should leave too, for their own careers and sanity

    https://twitter.com/Jack_De_Berry/status/1305451603479212033

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Let the sh1t hit the proverbial fan!

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    The other thing worth mentioning about the legal action. This is Saudi Arabia. A country who have pledged to invest £65 billion into the UK economy during a recession. Met the Queen, and PM in this trade deal. Which is now at risk after the way the PL treated them.

    What court in the land is going to turn them down right now?

    Ashley can’t lose this case, and he knows it.

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  • GhostToon

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    My worry is the PL will use the covid 19 and project restart as reasons it dragged on so long and the fact PIF withdrew.

    I just hope there is evidence the PL refused to pass it and fail it which left everything in limbo. Also all the conflict of interests involving Hoffman.

    Even if the sale doesnt go through I just hope the PL are exposed for the corrupt organistaion they are.

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  • Adamn_92

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #32

    @Jamesthefirst

    In terms of compensation, what if the League contacted Ashley outside of court in an attempt to settle it? My only worry is that if the outcome of the legal battle is giving the green light to the deal, it still depends on PIF actually wanting to come back and do it. The fact they mentioned the deal no longer being financially viable in their statement, makes me think it wasn’t solely the premier league delaying which made them withdraw. At the very least I hope this legal action exposes corruption amongst members of the Premier League board and a serious reshuffle takes place, people are held accountable.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    @Adamn_92

    Potentially they could. But it wouldn’t be a financial settlement. It would be Ashley’s lawyers at the table and the takeover would be go through.

    For Ashley to make such a bold move suggests PIF are already involved and will be funding the case too probably. One of the lawyers has been hired by the Saudi’s lots of times. The fact that she is involved strongly suggests PiF are too.

    PL is now in huge trouble. Huge.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    PL insulted some of the most stubborn and shrewd business people in this country and Saudi Arabia. And they did it in the interests of protecting the top six which is illegal. It was an illegal impasse.

    Masters took £300 million out of Ashley’s back pocket. He’s stupid and incompetent if he thought Ashley would take that well.

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