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Midfielder Reiterates Commitment To Newcastle In New Interview



Late last year, Miguel Almiron’s agent, Daniel Campos, made some inflammatory comments while the midfielder was away on international duty with Paraguay. Campos indicated that if it wasn’t for the coronavirus Almiron would no longer be at Newcastle. He also hinted at a potential move this summer.

After some backlash, the agent walked back the comments somewhat a few days later. During his next press conference, Steve Bruce labeled Campos as a ‘two-bob amateur’ trying to make ‘a fast buck.’ However, he laid none of the blame on Almiron, emphatically stating that Miguel was a joy to work with.

The controversy has died down since then as Almiron, who was in and out of the team at the time, has cemented his place in Newcastle’s first team over the past few months. The 27-year-old has only not started 2 of our last 16 matches, and that was due to the knee injury he suffered against Wolves.

Almiron has given an expansive interview with Sky Sports in which he expresses his commitment to Newcastle numerous times. He also addressed the controversy surrounding his agent as he said the following:

“What I was speaking about has been wrongly interpreted. At no point was I suggesting I wanted to play for another team.

“As I’ve been saying, I’m very happy in Newcastle and all I’m thinking about is helping the team achieve its goals of improving.”

Miguel went on to state that he was ‘extremely happy’ at Newcastle a couple of other times during the interview. Miguel also said the following about not being able to play in front of the Magpie faithful this season:

“I’ve missed playing in front of the fans tremendously. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, they can return in some capacity for our final home game [against Sheffield United]. I’m not sure if this will 100 per cent happen but it would be amazing to have them back inside the ground as soon as possible.

After putting in some Man of the Match type performances as a false nine in the diamond formation, Miguel has dropped deeper in the midfield over the past four matches. This role does not suit him but he’s continued to battle for the team.

As for this summer, there’s likely to be speculation about Almiron’s future once again. However, he’s tied down for another three years so it’ll take a hefty fee to pry him away. For now, Almiron is only focused on the rest of this campaign:

“In the short term, the focus is fully on keeping Newcastle in the Premier League and finishing the season well. We want to reach as high as we can in the league and right now, I’m not looking too far beyond this.”

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56 comments so far

  • DrGloom

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Wor B – he’s buying me drinks these days 🙂

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Decent bit of reading for you this morning.

    ‘F*** it’ attitude, a ‘ballsy’ decision and ‘indulging’ Saint-Maximin – How Bruce’s Newcastle fought back from the brink
    By Chris Waugh and George Caulkin 4h ago

    Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Newcastle United 0; a harrowing scoreline and, potentially, an epitaph. It looked unsustainable. It felt terminal. Steve Bruce’s team had been hammered by one of their relegation rivals and it was now two wins in 20 matches in all competitions. It was 17th in the Premier League, with Fulham two points behind. It was banners outside St James’ Park imploring the head coach to go, it was “Enough is Enough” in the local newspaper. It was time.

    Yet this version of Newcastle do not specialise in the normal. They play to a different set of rules and are traditionally oblivious to outside pressure. “It’s very frustrating, but decisions that look glaringly obvious just get left until it’s too late,” a source close to the dressing room told The Athletic back then and it soon became clear that Bruce was going nowhere, except down with his listing ship. That was how it looked. That was how it felt.

    Four games later, Newcastle’s position looks and feels transformed. They are unbeaten since Brighton and nine points clear of the bottom three. They won against Burnley and West Ham United, drew with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and their run is one defeat in eight fixtures. They are almost certain to stay up. And, counter to all expectations, Bruce is a worthy candidate for Manager of the Month.

    In its own small context — they are still 16th in the table, almost good enough for a place in the European Super League, but hardly the stuff of wonder — it is vaguely miraculous. Bruce has survived and Newcastle have thrived, bolstered by the return of senior players, set up in a different formation, displaying character and flashes of quality. If this is still a club enveloped in questions about its medium and long-term future, then at least the worst has been avoided.

    Not for the first time, albeit for vaguely happier reasons, we ask: Newcastle, what the hell?

    While Mike Ashley’s Newcastle may have continued their habit of ignoring overwhelming fan opinion — in a survey conducted by local newspaper The Chronicle, 95 per cent of supporters called for a change of manager — a hierarchy renowned for dallying and indecision acted with haste.

    Rather than let the situation stew and speculation breed, within 12 hours of that humbling in Brighton, senior sources briefed that Bruce would remain in his post.

    A firm message was also relayed internally. In a series of meetings with players, Lee Charnley, the managing director, acknowledged misgivings and concerns but also told the squad their own performances simply had to improve. Ashley joined in, showing “his support and to try and improve morale”. One source described the tone as “categorical”; the head coach was staying, final answer.

    Jamaal Lascelles, the captain, and other senior players spoke during impromptu team huddles at the training ground throughout the international break, while Bruce and the squad also exchanged what have been termed “frank opinions”. Two key themes were constant: the need for calmness, something that had been instilled in the players throughout Rafa Benitez’s time in charge; and for unity.

    Grievances, such as the fallout from Matt Ritchie’s much-publicised bust-up with Bruce, and the lingering anger at the manner of Karl Darlow’s omission, were cast aside. Professional pride and a renewed collective desire to preserve Newcastle’s Premier League status became evident. Even those players who previously have been considered “disruptive” have rallied round.

    It was noticeable that, in Bruce’s programme notes ahead of the 2-2 draw with Tottenham, the head coach wrote, “We need everybody concerned — players, staff and supporters — to stick together and be pulling in the same direction.”

    “There was a sense of, ‘F**k it, even if things might not be right, we’re not going to let ourselves down’,” says a source.

    Under the surface, grumbles remain. Certain sections of the squad still retain a strained relationship with Bruce, with limited direct communication, but since the March international break there appears to have been a reinforced mutual acceptance about the need to work together.

    “The wounds haven’t healed yet,” says one well-placed source, “but they’ve been bandaged up for now, and thankfully it’s just about seen them to safety.”

    The swiftness with which Newcastle’s hierarchy acted — or rather, did not act — focused minds at a crucial juncture and recalibrated a disoriented squad.

    There is an irony to Newcastle’s revival.

    Bruce, for so long determined to play with a flat back four — adamant that he had only resisted doing so because his squad were “more comfortable” when starting three centre-backs — reverted to the previous defensive structure. Crucially, however, it came with important tweaks.

    The bespoke 4-3-1-2 system — which featured a false nine, “split strikers” and no orthodox centre-forward — was finally abandoned after nine straight games, long beyond the point at which it had lost its effectiveness, and replaced with a 3-5-2 formation. Perversely, the split-striker set-up, which many have credited Graeme Jones, the assistant coach, with masterminding, was introduced to bolster Newcastle offensively, yet over time it actually made them harder to break down while blunting their attack.

    Over the international break, while players were still permitted six days off in nine despite the team’s awful form — something which caused surprise both internally and externally — they used the training time they did have together productively. Bruce opted to make five personnel changes, alongside installing the 3-5-2 system, and used an 11-a-side intra-squad match to ensure his players understood their roles.

    “The international break actually came at the perfect time,” says a source. “If there’d been another game immediately, it might have been too much for them. It allowed a mental refresh.” Bruce himself admitted the fortnight between matches “certainly helped” because it “took the sting out of things”.

    What has been noticeable about the reversion to three central defenders is that, unlike previously, this has not been a negative move. Newcastle, aside from when they lined up as a 5-4-1 without the ball at Anfield on Saturday, have played with a genuine back three and pushed their wing-backs high, so they can get more bodies forward to support attacks. The system switch has also seen them go from fielding no central strikers to playing two up top.

    The result, as the table below shows, has been a dramatic increase in goals, expected goals, shots and “big chances” created. Newcastle’s offensive improvement has, however, come at the expense of solidity. They are conceding more goals, have a higher expected goals against number, and are shipping a greater number of shots.

    Still, the positive effects have outweighed the negative because, although Newcastle have conceded in each of their past four games, they have also scored in every one, including two or more goals on three occasions.

    Going forward, they are an entirely different proposition to the team who laboured to a 0-0 draw at second-bottom West Bromwich Albion last month. And, while Allan Saint-Maximin’s return to fitness and form has been the single greatest boost to Newcastle’s attack, their increased threat has also been enhanced by others.

    Jacob Murphy and Ritchie’s directness down both flanks has helped reinvigorate the team as an attacking outfit. Sean Longstaff, too, has been pivotal since his recall.

    Meanwhile, Joe Willock has single-handedly delivered five points by scoring two equalisers and one winner from the bench. The 21-year-old Arsenal loanee refutes the “super-sub” tag, but he has helped decide matches.

    All three of Willock’s goals have come in the 82nd minute or later, something Bruce credits to his side’s “resilience” and ability to stick in games. This is, in fairness, a trait Newcastle have shown all season, with a Premier League-high 39 per cent of their goals (14 of 36) coming in the final 15 minutes of matches.

    Willock’s propensity to contribute vital goals has led some to question why he has not been starting, though Bruce can justifiably point to the impact of his own substitutions to defend his selection decisions. Not only has Willock scored three times off the bench, but Saint-Maximin’s match-defining performance at Burnley came as a substitute and Callum Wilson has thrived when coming on.

    Undoubtedly, there has been an element of fortune to Newcastle’s post-Brighton form, but their improvement has also coincided with the change in both formation and personnel. Rather than rush to reintroduce a back four, Bruce now looks set to stick with a central-defensive three.

    “Saint-Maximin has been the biggest plus since Brighton,” Alan Shearer tells The Athletic. “In the past, I’ve had a go at his numbers, but because of his threat and the way he attracts two or three opposition players towards him, he frees up space for his team-mates. Saint-Maximin has been given a free role, which means he has to track back less, allowing him to do what he wants in a way that’s effective. He’s not been a side-show. He’s been the focal point.”

    Shearer’s analysis is the most linear explanation of Newcastle’s recovery. Saint-Maximin is the team’s great difference-maker and, without him and Wilson, Bruce’s only reliable source of goals, struggle was inevitable; Burnley was their first league victory without Wilson in the starting XI. He and Saint-Maximin have started just eight games together. Newcastle have won half of them.

    This was the theory that Bruce always posited. Newcastle would be “fine”, he insisted, once they got their big players back. Saint-Maximin, in particular, has revelled in the spotlight, making and scoring a goal at Turf Moor, then pivotal against both West Ham and Liverpool. He “likes being the main man, to be relied upon”, one dressing-room source says. “The situation has suited him.”

    If the Spurs draw provided an immediate response to Brighton, Burnley was the real turning point. “It was crucial,” the source says. “A win was needed — any way, anyhow. They’d forgotten how to win. That victory changed everything. It saved the season. With Saint-Maximin, Newcastle have an X-factor. Without him, they’re too predictable.”

    Fitness has always been an issue with Saint-Maximin, who has most recently been troubled by a groin complaint, but there has been a different element this season. When they beat West Brom in December, Newcastle were 11th in the table with 17 points. So began the dreadful sequence which led to Brighton.

    As another source puts it, “COVID f***ed them”, with Saint-Maximin, Lascelles and Federico Fernandez all suffering long-term effects. “It hit hard. Lascelles is the captain and a big voice, a rare leader in that dressing room. He and Saint-Maximin were big misses.” With this (and just about everything else), nobody at the club outside of Bruce spoke publicly about the situation and, in turn, empathy was rationed.

    Before a muscle injury intervened, Saint-Maximin was due to be dropped by Bruce at Crystal Palace in their last game pre-COVID. There had been rumblings around the dressing-room about his lack of application. Why make allowances for a character who Bruce readily admits “will test you to the limit”, when he will not put a shift in for his mates?

    This latest reincarnation of Saint-Maximin “has a point to prove”, one of those sources says. As one of the forward players in Bruce’s refashioned 3-5-2 formation, the 24-year-old has been at the heart of Newcastle’s recovery, causing mayhem and taking punishment for it. “Yes, he’s been indulged, but he’s delivered, too, so it’s been worth it. He has stepped it up just at the right time.”

    Calling your boss a “coward” is not a traditional route to the top. That is the word — not denied by anybody at Newcastle — which Ritchie allegedly aimed at Bruce in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 27. The Scotland international was incensed at being blamed in a television interview for failing to pass on tactical instructions in the build-up to Wolves’ equaliser.

    Leading up to the game, The Daily Telegraph reported that Bruce was recalling Martin Dubravka in goal at the expense of Darlow, who had not been told of the decision. That sent ripples through the squad and now Bruce was criticising his players on Sky Sports. Stuff usually kept in-house was being aired in public.

    Ritchie is a volatile character at the best of times and he snapped at Bruce at the training ground. While there was a swift apology and Bruce played down the altercation, bust-ups and leaks do not paint a happy camp, especially when they are accompanied by poor results.

    At that point, Ritchie, who had pushed to return to previous club Bournemouth in January, had started just six league matches. Signed by Benitez in the Championship, he was no longer integral, the self-titled “angry wee bastard”, who drove the team forward. Would anybody have been surprised if Bruce had attempted to reestablish some authority by marginalising a disaffected senior pro?

    Instead, it has been the opposite. Since Brighton, Ritchie has started every match, offering energy and aggression at wing-back, both of which had been missed. His accurate delivery has been another aspect of Newcastle’s attacking armoury, but it is also about the 31-year-old’s relentless attitude. Bruce has been as good as his word. Whoever was at fault for their fall-out, there has been no grudge.

    “Ritchie has been another key figure in Newcastle’s recovery,” Shearer says. “You know what he’s going to provide for the team, but that predictability is good. He’ll get wide and he’ll fire the ball in. I like his spikiness, that drive he has and the standards that he demands from others. And you have to say it’s been ballsy of the manager to reintegrate him into the team when there was obviously a problem between them.”

    To a lesser extent, something similar applies to Sean Longstaff and Murphy, both of whom have made four starts in succession after patchy appearance records previously this season. “To not be involved for so long was really frustrating,” Longstaff told Newcastle’s official programme this month. “Obviously I have my own views on it and whether I feel it was right or wrong. It doesn’t really matter. I don’t make the final decision.”

    Like the others, he has taken his chance.

    “Relief is the overriding emotion,” says a source. “It’s been a huge turnaround.”

    The mood around Newcastle’s training ground is unrecognisable. Players are now looking forward to matches again, rather than fearing them.

    That is primarily down to their own recent uptick in results, but it has been enhanced further by Fulham’s faltering form.

    Since winning at Liverpool on March 7, third-bottom Fulham have taken just one point from five matches — with the 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa, which came after they were leading with 13 minutes to go, proving particularly important psychologically. Had Fulham won that match, Newcastle would have plunged into the bottom three for the first time this season.

    “If Fulham had kept winning, that would have compounded the Brighton horror show,” the source says. “But Fulham’s defeat kept Newcastle’s head above water. It re-energised the dressing room.”

    Over the course of the past four games, only Manchester United (10) and Manchester City (nine) have collected more points than Newcastle. As tedious as Bruce’s oft-repeated mantra of “it’s all about the accumulation of points” became, the reality is that Newcastle have managed to do exactly that.

    Brighton 3 Newcastle United 0 was less of an epitaph than the start of a new chapter.

    Even if it only proves to be a temporary resurgence, this one reads and feels a whole lot better.

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  • Solano slice

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Excuse the repost

    So Chelsea beat Fulham this week and we beat Arsenal and we are mathematically safe.
    If not this weekend then on Friday we play Leicester who should beat Southampton this weekend which practically makes them guaranteed top4 and hopefully they will be on the beach by then and we can beat them and mathematically guarantee PL for next year.
    Ball’s in consortium’s court then so to speak, if arbitration is done.
    Lots of if’s and buts, to many perhaps

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheers DMicky,

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  • Wor B

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Still no sign of the Rev Jim after he went out for a bike ride. Must be about 3 weeks ago, should be close to John-o-Groats by now. Hope he’s ok.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Aye, I’ll spare my as well on Miggy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Solano slice,
    I’m not sure Leicester will be on the beach when they face us, they’ll be desperate to finish third and avoid a qualifier and slipping up last year will he fresh in their minds.

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  • DrGloom

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Dubai, thanks for posting – good read , interesting that the players were told in no uncertain terms that Bruce was staying and pulled together as a squad , makes me think that they are playing for the club rather than Bruce but as long as it brings results who cares

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  • Solano slice

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    JFA

    ah yes I didn’t factor in the qualifier to my thinking.

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  • Top Banana

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Morning, morning,

    I’m choosing not to read back and would like to wish you all well, have a cracking day, moving forward.

    And….what a cracking result for Man City. Not a fan but the father in law is a blue so always an interest in their rise since 2008. One day it could be us…..

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    I think we’ll only be selling any of our better players if we get a daft offer, like £80m for ASM. Couldn’t really turn that down as it would enable us to undertake a major upgrade to the squad. But we won’t be offered that as he is injury prone. And if we continue to play well until the end of the season, Bruce and team will be going nowhere, if no takeover. Might have to start getting used to that idea.

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    DMickey
    I subscribe to the Athletic. Best sports articles around.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    onmeedsun,
    It would enable Leicester to upgrade their squad, we’ll have it paid over six years and Mikey will trouser it.

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  • Mund

    Apr 29, 2021 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    I think a straight offer of around 50M/60M for Maxi and Ashley will snap there hands off

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Solano

    I can’t see O’Neill letting the Leicestet players even think about finding their flip-flops let alone wearing them until their season’s over.

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    My take on blog behaviours.
    When Ed set this blog up he would have been full of pride that he was able to provide this service to fans of his beloved NUFC, the best in the world those Geordies. I bet he’s spent every spare minute whilst living in USA extolling the virtues and passion of the Geordies and NUFC onto his kids, in laws and anyone who would listen. It must hurt him big time to see what’s been going on the past year on his blog, his creation. Ed is clearly unwell as he doesn’t post often. All of us need to show some respect to him and make this blog a place that welcomes all posters, and reflects the best of the north east. Think about it.

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Can only assume the players have rallied to play for the club rather than the manager. The Brighton game (as Jail has said a few times) really did feel like they were trying to get him the sack, i’ve never seen such a lack of effort from a team. The rumours they thought he was gone after the game kind of back that up too. To go from that to what we’re seeing now, I can only assume it’s because they know he’s staying for now. I could be wrong of course.

    Im glad Man City won last night, i’m not a huge fan of theirs but i dislike PSG even more. They remind me of spoiled brats, when things don’t go their way they kick off and throw tantrums and get annoyed. It’s embarrassing. Seeing them all surround the ref trying to get KDB sent off, when his challenge was nowhere near as bad as Ganas. Hate to see it.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    I think we might be alright with ASM this summer as I am not sure any team would currently pay 80 million for ASM out of the top 6 in England

    Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and City don’t tend to spend that kind of money on a player they normally go for 40million players and improve them and we would be daft to sell him for 40 million unless 2 or 3 players came our way as well as the money 🙂

    Don’t see Chelsea or Man Utd being after him as they will be looking for a top striker which cost serious money

    If ASM could stay fit for next season and get his numbers up then you might see a club interested

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  • Wor B

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Onmeedsun

    Well said mate.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    On SSN yesterday, Leicester boss and a player spoke of looking up in league, not down.

    They think they can catch Man U for 2nd, so no flip flops for them. Tough game coming up.

    But still, Sunday’s an opportunity – let’s take it. 😆

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Cleveleys

    So your hero appoints someone to oversee standards but won’t allow him to open any inquiries before they’re approved by…. errr…

    *Holding nose emoji

    😉

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    cleveleysbob

    @15 and @20

    Great minds?

    The BoF fitness and wellness regime’s paying off already.

    🙂

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail
    I dislike Ashley as much as you, and would like to do worse than Jail him! But he does not take cash out of the club, unless it was to repay relegation loans he made. He said we’d get every penny the club makes to reinvest. I believe that to be the case, but it doesn’t help when we pay all the money upfront for a player, but spread sales over 3 years. If we start to see dividends being paid or his original loan being repaid then that would be a different matter. Still doesn’t excuse the lack of real investment into facilities though. What’s the point of having a rich owner if they won’t invest for growth.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    @Onmeedsun

    “does not take cash out of the club” apart from outsourcing all merchandise, catering, credit card charges player instalments that we never see etc to companies he owns……

    But yeah apart from that he doesn’t take anything else out 🙂

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #25

    ASM has been with us for 2 years now and yet I don’t remember seeing that much of his play inside SJP. I’m looking forward to a whole season of a fit ASM and watching every game at SJP. His recent performances are better than anything from season 1. I see this team getting better with a few judicious additions.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Just a suggestion to the guys who are always arguing with each other and apparently goading each other on the blog. Why don’t you exchange email addresses or else go on Twitter, where you can abuse each other to your heart’s content, without annoying those of us who just want to express an opinion and put it out there to like minded Newcastle supporters?
    We all disagree sometimes but ffs get over yourselves!

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    LCBP
    You might be right on those operations but I’d have to see the books to prove that was the case. It’s definitely reduced turnover and may have reduced profits in the club, but I’ve seen no proof. And why would that help him sell the club. He’d want the biggest profit possible. Of course he could easily put the record straight by opening the books up to an independent auditor and communicating with fans, but he won’t.

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28

    I still think it is more down to the team than the manager, the best performances have happened despite Bruce not because of his coaching. As the article illustrates, we are avoiding relegation because there are three worse team than us, rather than being a team thriving to achieve. Good on the whole team and staff for generating a recovery in spirit and determination and having something to cheer about is hugely more optomistic. But the coming summer is, yet again & more so, a crucial opportunity, whatever the outcomes more of the same can not be sustainable.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Onmeedsun

    I think Ashley has, and does filter money out of the club. For example he sold off the Strawberry place property and took the money out!

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #30

    “”Norwich manager Daniel Farke is on the shortlist of German clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg, who could both lose their manager in the coming weeks. (Express)””

    Could this be our escape from Bruce?!!

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Moonraker
    Correct on that one. Only a small amount of cash but of course the cost of him depriving the club of that potential is immeasurable. My sister in law was the planning officer assigned the case. I even wrote in to complain. But this is the council who wouldn’t let the club build a proper football stadium on exhibition park, so we have the oddity we have now, devoid of atmosphere.

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    “”Johnson, along with partners Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer, spearheaded the US-backed takeover of the Blues earlier this month as they bought the club from former owner Marcus Evans in a deal understood to be worth £40million.

    Johnson, though, insisted buying the Magpies wasn’t worth the risk.

    “We had been approached, like lot of people, to kick the tyres on Newcastle and we thought that was compelling,” Johnson said, speaking on the Price of Football Podcast.

    “Then again, I look at Newcastle and on a risk versus reward basis it’s an incredible brand but, if you’re buying it in the Premier League you have a lot of risk it goes down and probably not an awful lot of appreciation. What I would say is that it’s an unbelievable brand which is probably not punching at its weight class.

    “Our approach to this financially is that we see every dollar with put in as equity. We intend to be good stewards of that equity and we’re seeking a return on that equity.”
    ——————————————-

    Basically, they didn’t have the huge stake required to revamp NUFC, for the more risky potential of a bigger return.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Morning all, thought I’d drop in and say ‘Hi’ – it’s been a while, but honestly the season’s been that depressing I really couldn’t bring myself to think about the club too much. Hope everyone’s doing ok.

    It’s likely been discussed to death, but I just wanted to mention the change in the team since the appointment of Graeme Jones to help out Bruce who was clearly floundering with no clue on what he should be doing in January.

    In the 13 games before he joined, we gained 8 points with 9 goals for and 23 against. We were going down.

    In the 13 games since Jones joined, we’ve gained 17 points with 17 goals for and 20 goals against. We’re now all but safe from relegation.

    That’s some impact.

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Dont see Maxi going anywhere.

    He has so far contributed well in around 10 games or so per season. Whether it be lack of form or injuries he hasn’t been able to do it over a season.

    Top teams pay the big bucks for players who have done it week after week after week.

    To a top team St Max is a £20-30m gamble who may develop the consistency they need in that position -> 10-20 goals and 5-15 assists.

    For us 10 great games a season is probably going to be enough to keep us in the league. So he’s with £50-£100m for us because of the value of being in the Premier League.

    The prices just don’t align, he’s worth more to us as a match winner than he is to a top team as a punt.

    Very similar to Zaha and Traore. Both lack that elite consistency but for their clubs they are worth their weight in gold.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #35

    So if the takeover doesn’t happen in time for next season we are essentially stuck with Bruce then I would like to see some lessons learnt:

    3 at the back was not the reason we can’t attack it was you not putting enough attacking players in positions we now have wingbacks who can attack and defend in equal measure

    Hendrick should be moved on

    Freezing out players like Richie, Longstaff who no doubt questioned your methods should tell you something!?

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    I said it the other week and I’ll say it again, Jones gets all credit for upturn in form and not Bruce. Bruce couldn’t adapt and his head was on the block, suddenly we start trying new things and playing a bit more aggressively.

    Whoever thought of bringing him in was pretty inspired. I reckon 90% of us were confused and surprised by it.

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  • Top Banana

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #37

    It is indeed RobLeenio! No doubting GJ has influenced a progression, together with the return of players further up the pitch.

    Let’s hope the boys are bang at it Sunday, Arsenal playing tonight hopefully will help.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #39

    @thetinman

    Yeah I think the same I look at when Liverpool signed Mane, Salah and more recently Jota for about the 30-40 mill mark all of them had fairly good success for a season or 2 and most importantly were fit for most of the season

    ASM is at that stage where next season needs to be his big season 10 goals, 15 assists playing 80% plus of our league games and then I think a really big team would take notice

    Traore and Zaha have not had the best of seasons this year after being priced out of summer moves the season before that should also be something to be wary about ASM as well mind you?

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  • Mund

    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #40

    Welcome back Robleenio 🙂

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