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Long-Serving Magpie Told He Can Leave In January – Report



According to journalist Dean Jones, Matt Ritchie has been told he can leave Newcastle United in January. Jones told GIVEMESPORT the following on the long-serving Magpie:

“I’ve been told that he is a player that has been told he can go in the New Year.

“I know there has been some interest from America, there are MLS clubs that like him, so that might be an avenue that opens up to him.”

The 33-year-old has made just two appearances this term. While a calf injury that has sidelined him since late September hasn’t helped matters, Ritchie was always going to be a fringe member of Eddie Howe’s squad.

It was perhaps a surprise the winger stuck around this season. He has been keen on moving closer to his family down south for at least the last few seasons. Two years ago, a return to Bournemouth was discussed before then-manager Steve Bruce pulled the plug.

Howe made it clear he wanted to keep Ritchie around for this season in the summer. Though, at the time, he admitted Ritchie’s future was up the air as he stated:

“Matty’s own personal situation he will have his own thoughts. Mine is to try and keep him but it’s well documented that Matty has been away from his family for a long period of time.

“He loves playing for Newcastle and is very passionate about the club. But I think it is unclear what direction we will take this year but from both sides there is a lot of respect.”

With his contract set to expire in the summer, Howe will not stand in Ritchie’s way should a move develop. The head coach will also have to trim his squad to make way for any winter additions that are over the age of 21.

Ritchie has been an outstanding servant with 190 appearances under his belt. He will not be part of the future of the club and it may be best for him to leave in January as he’ll not feature much once he returns from his injury.


102 comments so far

  • Mort

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Its mighty mort

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Novo’s – that’s because Trippier was directly involved in the market that was gambled on.
    He deserved the ban.

    His so called ‘mates’ who actually grassed on him should have been smashed up. Rats.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Check – the rules are there for good reason. They can’t be subjective as that provides opportunity for bias, inconsistency, and corruption. Every one of us signs a contract with certain rules when we start a new job and if any one of us broke those rules 200+ times, we’d be sacked.

    It’s much easier to just draw a clear line and the FA have. Don’t know why anyone would have an issue with that whatsoever.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    The devil is in the detail regards a gambling offence.
    If Toney has gambled on markets he cam influence or has insider knowledge of then he is in trouble.
    If his mates have plopped a few acca’s on, well doesnt deserve much of a ban.

    Hopefully punishment will be measured.

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  • phy

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Thanks Raj, I’ll have a look

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    How do you get caught if your mates have put a few accys on, unless you fall out with said mate and said mate wasn’t a mate at all because he’d logged every bet he’d put on for you.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Rules today might be out of date tomoro, its called progress.

    As such most rules must have some discretion to be improved at somepoint.

    They arnt laws they are rules. And no if i had an employee who had broke some rules, i would question why, gather some information then construct some actions to hope it didnt happen again.

    I wouldn’t just sack them as many variables exist in life. And just obeying rules/orders can land society in tricky spots. History reminds us of this many times.

    Good to be free thinking TDS, as life is like a flowing river. Binary thinking and solid opinion can cause much heartache.

    Peace bro, Toney will get his just punishment and so be it. No worries. Hope its not too harmful tho.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Raj – thats what happened with Tripps. His mates basically put bets on he was off to Madrid bases on him telling them.

    Then one of em squealed.

    Nice eh.

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  • Regan

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry lads..
    Haven’t caught up properly yet..

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  • hibbit

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Tony knew enough about the rules/offence being committed that he appears to have gone to a lot of trouble to hide the bets,
    and that’s why the inquiry investigation now appears to be taking so long, it’s going to be a long ban for sure.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Football was prohibited in the 14th century…
    Right up ’til the 19th century.

    Them pesky rules, huh?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Check – if he mates have plopped a few accas on, then it wouldn’t even be an issue. There’s no rule saying Toney’s mates can’t bet. As I posted earlier, this is the main part of the FA’s rules:

    “No Participant can bet on a match or competition in which they are involved that season, or which they can influence, or any other football-related matter concerning the league that they play in.

    Participants are also prohibited from using or passing inside information for betting.”

    And it’s 200+ times, not just once.

    Still not sure why people are defending him without knowing the facts to be honest. He’s going to be investigated and if these are proven, he’s facing a lengthy ban based on precedent.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Check – Toney is lucky that he’s a professional footballer because it means he’s not going to get sacked and will get a lot of help to deal with any gambling addiction, if that’s what he has.

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  • dazzler

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Surely the punishment will depend on what the 200 bets were for? If he’s directly bet on games he’s involved in, or in the league he’s playing in he could be getting a very large, very heavy book thrown at him.

    If he’s dropping hints about player injuries, transfers etc to his mates who then placed bets based on that info then it will be less severe? The proof will be in the pudding.

    He’s broken FA rules, whether you agree with them or not so should be punished. However, I do think it should depend on the actual 200 cases how severe it is.

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  • dazzler

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS,

    It could be insider trading (see the Trippier example from Check). If he’s telling his mates about transfers before they are announced, or letting his mates know certain players are ill/injured before anything hits the press then it influences the betting market which is against the rules.

    However, that wouldn’t be as big a deal as him placing the bets himself.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Remember the Sturrige one nade ne chuckle, where he told his bro he was off to Sevilla so he jumped on it. FA did Sturrige and he didn’t go to Sevilla anyway 😆

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Tds

    YOU are saying people are defending him…no one’s actually doing that.

    No one knows the full SP at this point!

    People are speculating… it’s allowed!

    There are other really serious breaches of laws/rules all over the joint, mate.
    Why so offended?
    🙁

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Brenda’s Rodgers told his brother about his move to Lpool and some villagers made a good few quid. He told his brother about a move to Everton and a good few villagers put on as much as the bookies would allow, some of them even taking payday loans. As history shows us, said move to Everton never happened and Rodgers brother was shunned from the Village 😳 . Not sure if Rodgers got charged with that after the story came to light.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Ferguson took bungs, swerved a bust!

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  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Just catching up….

    Mort,
    I could not care less about your opinion of me. You seem to be quite obsessed with a few of us for some reason, as well as Ronaldo. The simple fact is that signing Ronaldo sounds so ludicrous to most people here that you come across as a WUM to some people simply by repeatedly banging that drum. I don’t actually think you are Kets though.

    Munster,
    Thanks for the kind words. I can only assume you’re still suffering from concussion!

    🙂

    CH,
    You again say I drove (or helped drive) someone (Goal Linton) off the blog. When you originally said this I asked you to prove it and you didn’t…then when Raj and I began to show what actually occurred in sequence you changed the subject and Fenham accused us of having too much time on our hands! The fact is anyone can go back and check what actually happened so why try to perpetuate the nonsense you spout. Are you hoping people just take your word for it?

    TFB,
    Yes mate in a way it would be better for the big clubs to do their own deals for media rights and this would likely lead to club by club based subscription models but there are huge downsides to this. This would really screw the league up – smaller clubs would have no hope anymore, fans would lose access to other teams live games unless they want to pay for tons of different subscriptions and NUFC (at least for the foreseeable future) would get nowhere near the revenue of Man Utd or Liverpool in particular, and a lot less than City, Chelsea and Arsenal too, we would be on a par with Spurs if we are lucky. As much as part of my wants an NUFC channel where we can all see all the games I think it would be bad for football as whole and would not help NUFC’s cause in the short or medium term.

    TDS, Gloom, Clint,
    Regarding players being paid for internationals they are, by their own federation. It is usually a set amount (so not based on their club wages) with bonuses for reaching certain milestones. At the 2018 WC each England player got £2K per appearance and were promised £217,000 each if they won it. They don’t actually take the money though they donate it to the England Footballers Foundation Charity. The players make load of money off the tournament anyway as they get a cut of all the sponsorship money!

    – On Borna Sosa, the links to him keep coming, would love this to have something in it. This guy would have Chris Wood scoring double figures no problem.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Im not defending him.

    Would be stupid too as nobody knows what he’s done.

    But there are clearly levels to his potential misdemeanour. And if its low levels i wouldnt judge him in anyway. Just a bit daft the kid.

    slap on the wrist, clip round the ear and on yer go.

    TDS would basically give a kid a ten stretch for apple nicking as that’s the law. Would have made a good bobby in The Met would TDS. You know one of those who puts the whole worlds problems on you as your 3mph over the speed limit.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Wow Ivan Toney has been “convicted” by the baying mob without any evidence been seen by the public.

    The blogs very own hanging Judge (Judge Roy Bean of west of the Pecos fame) otherwise known as TDS has condemned Toney without seeing one sniff of evidence.

    Fair and balanced ————–NO.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Taco

    Cool, mate.

    I knew they gave to charity, good on them.

    I just think countries/fa/fifa should pay the players for their services. Not the clubs.
    Unless it’s paid leave.
    😉

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Talking at you as if you have just murdered his family, when all you have is a brake light out.

    Life doesn’t need to be so serious yer know.

    Wouldnt have minded backing Toney scoring penalties like. Boys the best ever, uber cool

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Good luck to Matt Richie, where ever he ends up !

    Always gave his all when he pulled on the shirt!

    🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Dik Moanster cannot be suffering from concussion. The definition of concussion is ;-

    A traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head.

    As Dik Moanster clearly does not have a brain his malady must be something else.

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  • phy

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I heard the same re Tripps,

    It was regarding his move to Madrid and it was something about being asked directly in a WhatsApp group and he didn’t deny it, from recollection he replied with an emoji.

    It wasn’t that he advised people to bet just didn’t do anything to dissuade them either so maybe not as complicit as some, but then that enters the whole shades of grey thing for breaking the law,

    Personally If a players is actively betting or advising on bets that they can directly impact or aware of it is a different situation to betting on a 3rd party match tho I’m led to believe this is prohibited too, possibly because the player may have inside info from other clubs? It’s all very murky so just to ban it completely is probably the easiest and clearest thing

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Oops forgot to add imo to the end of my post!!

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  • snowdone

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Can we all agree that Toney was never going to Qatar with these charges hanging over him. In the sixties several players were banned for life for betting. Toney’s ban will depend on what he did, but it appears he will be having more than one close season this football year!

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Phy – absolutely right bud.

    They have a blanket ban to deter anybody even thinking about a little punt. However loads of footballers have racehorses and gamble in that sphere. So temptation is clearly there for the young lads.

    Just gotta be disciplined, some folk struggle with that.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #31

    The betting issues might touch on in play betting
    Such as how many players get booked in a half

    Wait until the last minute of a half and get yourself booked so that the numbers booked tally

    That’s match fixing ?

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Rom – he must have a club lined up eh.
    Or else he could just sit about and watch the lads.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Lochinvar – could be owt mate.

    The pakistan bowlers were the most obvious that year when the young lad was overstepping the mark and doing no balls.

    That was pretty mad. Got a good ban that kid. Deserved an all.

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  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #34

    TTT

    Goalinton wasn’t driven off. I reckon he left, claiming being hounded, because he realised he’d been sussed out using similar language and style as another poster – part of a mutually supporting group of posters.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Loch

    Throw ins, everything!
    😉

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Repost

    TDS and Clint Flick

    On reading your debates about Ivan Toney but more specifically in relation to speed limits, after working as a Driving Instructor for 18 years i can tell you there is indeed some tolerance shown to pupils during their driving test who marginally break the speed limit for a short space of time as long as they become aware of breaking the speed limit and reduce their speed to the proper limit. During my time as a Driving Instructor i`ve had hundreds of pupils who made this mistake but the examiners always passed them as long as they drove in a satisfactory and competent manner during the test

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Check

    He could even end up in coaching?

    1
  • check the toastie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Rom – could do yep, always seemed bright enough and worked under the top man for a long time. And Brucie dont forget…

    Magicman – voice of reason. Who would have thought it, some rulemakers issue discretion at times. Almost sounds like a bit of ‘common sense’. A term not used much nowadays.

    Common Sense = Anarchy

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I wonder if Toney’s mates bet on him not making the WC squad.

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  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Taco,

    I think this Boehly bloke at Chelsea is going to be trouble for the league pal

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