Newcastle in talks over Ivan Toney

It is understood that Newcastle have opened talks with Northampton over a transfer for striker Ivan Toney.

The highly-rated 19 year old scored 13 goals in 29 starts last season, it’s a good scoring return for such a young player.

It is a deal expected to be completed by the end of the week should all go well.

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Steve Round turns down NUFC

Steve Round has turned down the opportunity to work with Steve McLaren at NUFC, as he wants the chance to manage a club.

I’m glad he won’t be coming to Newcastle again, he didn’t do well under Big Sam and at Derby he didn’t do well at the end of the season either.  We need someone who wants to make a name in the game, otherwise we’ll be going back to square one.

NUFC need to appoint the backroom staff quickly, and then onto transfers.

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Patrick Vieira no longer on NUFC shortlist

It is understood that Patrick Vieira is no longer on the head coach short-list, if he ever was on the list in the first place.

It would have been a questionable appointment by the club due to his inexperience, yes he was a brilliant player & captain but that doesn’t necessarily cross over into management.  The only positive would be his nationality, he’d have no doubt brought the best out of Moussa Sissoko if he does indeed stay at the club.

It remains to be seen who is appointed but I highly doubt we’ll be pleased.

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NUFC release 5 players

NUFC have released 5 players and allowed another to return to their parent club following an unsuccessful loan spell.

Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Jak Alnwick, Remi Streete, and Alan Campbell have all departed the club.  It had been expected Jak Alnwick would be given a contract, and that both Taylor & Gutierrez would be given a 1yr contract each because of their influence in the dressing room.

Facundo Ferreyra has returned to Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Mike Ashley interview with Sky Sports

I was left feeling more positive following the interview with Mike Ashley, whether I’m the eternal optimist who has been tricked yet again remains to be seen.

The question I asked myself afterwards was “is there any new information” which to me it seemed there wasn’t, but I still felt it was positive that it came from the top man at NUFC.  Of course there needs to be investment at the club, and of course we need continuity, but what we really need is to learn from the mistakes that have been made in recent seasons.

Firstly we need to revert back to a manager, back to the manager choosing transfer targets, and genuine investment in a squad to keep us in the Premier League.  One of the issues needs to be January transfers, whether we pay over the odds doesn’t matter because buying a player for £5m more than we’d pay in the summer can be the difference of £70m if we get relegated.  This isn’t a business, you don’t have a business model to follow because you rely on split second decisions, injuries, gaining inches in the game which can be to the difference in getting a point in a game.

Mike Ashley said the fault lies at his door, and it most certainly does, he will have realised how poor Lee Charnley has been in appointing John Carver and also in not strengthening the team during the winter transfer window.

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