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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

  • Toon fans bad

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #41

    232 bets over a 4 year period? Is that about the amount of games a player might play over that period ish?

    Wonder if he’s been betting on himself to score!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #42

    The betting scandal in 1964 was for fixing actual matches, several top players were involved and they all got life bans.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #43

    Is it OK for players to bet on things other than football?

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #44

    Brendan Rodgers’ brother gives punters £200k false tip
    THE brother of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is in hiding after punters from his hometown blew £200,000 on his dud tip for the Everton job.

    Declan Rodgers told villagers in Carnlough, County Antrim, that Celtic’s Neil Lennon was a “dead cert” to get the nod to replace David Moyes, despite Wigan’s Roberto Martinez being the favourite.

    Convinced Declan’s tip came from inside information after he correctly told them Rodgers, 40, was getting the Liverpool job at the start of last season, several punters staked more than £10,000 each.

    But it turned out to be a spectacular own goal when Spaniard Martinez was given the job, leaving Declan, 32, red faced and desperate to avoid a backlash.

    Locals in the seaside village say he has not shown his face since and will not leave his house.

    A punter in McAuley’s pub, where Declan works as a DJ, said: “He’s lying low. No one’s seen him around.

    “But to be fair he has pissed off a fair few people.”

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #45

    Sorry, my bad I thought it was Rodgers himself tipped for the Everton job.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #46

    Magic
    😉

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #47

    That is the real life consequence of trying to be ITK 😳

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #48

    As well as jail sentences!

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  • Pottsclock

    Nov 17, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #49

    I think Toney might get banned but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #50

    Was about to ask Romford Mag why he was wishing Matt Ritchie well, had he read something?
    Note to oneself. Read the bloody articles more often 😀

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #51

    EGB,
    Nothing wrong with my sentences….. most of the time 😕

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #52

    Talk Sport Discussing Ivan Toney today and his alleged betting misdemeanours, like everything in life the lad is still innocent to proven otherwise.

    https://youtu.be/eSbxh7ShL10

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  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #53

    ohhhh…this is going to be a long 6 weeks. The news and rumor mill is in full force. The transfer talk is in full swing…is it summer again?
    Regarding Toney….yes gambling is an addiction, Just go back and read anything on the Peter Shillton story. Where it take a wrong turn and breaks the rules is when the greed takes over and you think you can find a way to fake the system and do things in your favor. Gambling is just that…taking guesses based on odds. If you already know the answer or can influence the outcome then you are a greedy cheat and have gone beyond the “game” of gambling.

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #54

    Toney has been charged with over 200 counts of betting – doubt they would make this public without evidence – players know it’s against the F.As policies so should expect and deserve whatever punishment ( which is usually a small fine in comparison to wages ), if I did insider trading at work I’d be immediately sacked and on my way to court already

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #55

    Jail

    That was a funny co-incidence! 🙂

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #56

    ATiA,
    Will you be supporting USA or England, I sat with USA supporters in Seoul in 2002 when they beat Portugal 3-2, it was a cracking atmosphere.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #57

    Theres been a lot of footballers who have lost their money through gambling addiction, seems almost to go with the job for some of them.

    Bottom line is that it is the bookies who always win.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #58

    Jimmy Gault the fixer/footballer in the 1964 scandal made twice as much from his story than he did from the match fixing.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #59

    To maintain any interest in the WC if England get knocked out early who else will people follow?

    I suppose any teams with our lads would be an obvious choice also an underdog like Wales would be fun.

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #60

    EGB – Not sure if there’s been a lot compared to the number of players, most as in normal walks of life gamble as a bit of fun and can control themselves – same as drink, drugs and everything else that can lead to addiction – most people aren’t alcoholics nor drug addicts

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #61

    Ritchie would probably do OK in the retirement league, a long way from his family though!

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #62

    Not that interested in W.C and definitely not England, many many years of painful watching have number me of any feelings for them as a team – I always find it better hen England are knocked out as the stupid media always go overboard with the whole coming home rubbish.
    I’m hoping a lot of Englands hooligan fans go over to Qatar though – some public whippings might make them think twice about dragging our good fans names through the mud with them

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  • hibbit

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #63

    this will interest some but not all

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/63659933

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #64

    Dr Gloom
    I think that there is now a lot more pastoral care for players than there was in the past so if anything there might be less of a problem than in non football life.

    But I believe it was more rife in the past when the same care wasn’t there.

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #65

    EGB – true, same as drink and drugs. Trippier mentioned in some youtube interview with former players how much has changed since his drinking after training days at Burnley/Barnsley etc

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #66

    Hibbit

    So is he efectively buying Coventry FC, could actually be a good deal for them!

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  • G

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #67

    Would hate to be a Coventry City fan right about now

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #68

    G

    Agreed!!

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  • G

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #69

    Just had a tory budget, and the worst takeover possible on the same day? Nuclear Armageddon would be seen as relief!

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  • DrGloom

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #70

    For the record – I don’t do drugs or gamble other than betting with family / friends on random stuff between us

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #71

    It’ll soon be called the SD arena!!

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #72

    No comment! 🙂

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  • Regan

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #73

    He was sent to Coventry a long time ago..

    The fat weasel..

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #74

    I bet the git even went through the skip and kept the signage!! 😆

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #75

    The tight git *

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #76

    Poor Coventry City, i wouldn`t wish Ashley on my worst enemy.

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  • G

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #77

    Quite a clever bit of business on his part mind? Instead of outbidding the other bloke, he just bought the company that were selling CCFC. He may still sell the team, but the other bloke King will have his teeth ripped out on the price?

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #78

    Regan@73

    As Frank Carson used to say that`s a cracker, it`s the way i tell em 😀 😀 😀

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  • Regan

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #79

    Magic..
    You say it best brother..

    😆

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  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2022 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #80

    Hibbet

    More relevant to you will be the news that he’ll likely ‘save’ and get his grubby paws on Gieves & Hawkes, one of London’s oldest bespoke tailors! If Frasers buys it, I guess you’ll be buying your togs elsewhere

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