Enrique close to exit as rebuilding job grows.

Jose on his way?
Well most of the talk in the press and on sites such as Twitter seems to be centred around on Jose Enrique and how close he is to leaving NUFC.

Surprised? I’m not as I’ve been prepared for it since about February so I’m already over it. His shocking displays in the final few months of the season where he really did look like shaving his testicles with a rusty blade would be a more pleasurable than playing in the black and white stripes was for him, along with his public tirade (however right he may be) on Twitter with the rather rapid deletion of his account soon afterwards have made it a lot easier for me to deal with.

My only issue is the timing of it all. It hasn’t happened yet so as we speak it’s still what is essentially called a rumour, but if it does happen it leaves us having to find a replacement with only a week and a bit to go until the start if the new Premier League season.

Make no bones about it – there is still a lot of work to do in the transfer market, which is odd considering the fact that I’d have been relatively happy a couple of weeks ago had the window slammed shut and we were left with what we had after the signings of Ba, Cabaye, Marveaux and Abeid. Funny old game.

Essentially I don’t think we really have to replace Joey Barton as a central midfielder as we already have about a dozen or so of them, but we do need to replace him as a right winger. The name of Barnetta has been mentioned which would be decent but I’ll wait and see.

There is no argument about Jose though. If he goes we need to replace him, in fact we need a left-back now even with Jose Enrique still mooching around the training ground! Once again, I’ll wait and see.

What concerns me is the amount of changes that are being made. All that was needed was a few signings on top of what we had. A striker maybe, a right winger and so on. The fact that we are now having to rebuild a large chunk of our first team is kind of alarming, but not as alarming as the fact that we don’t have an awful lot of time to do it before the season starts.

Of course we’ll hear of plans to replace and things like that, but I’m not overly confident that we’ll get the players in that we need so desperately assuming the likely happens and Jose and Joey both disappear into Toon history.

Anyone else worried?

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118 thoughts on “Enrique close to exit as rebuilding job grows.

  1. The only positive I can take from enrique leaving is that we’re left with a nucleus of players who want to be at the club…get him out & let’s move on

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  2. Are we allowed to question just why things have gone so wrong with Enrique, or do we just ignore the root cause of it all again and get in A N other replacement (Ferguson) and things are fine?

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  3. Why does the season start before the transfer window closes? That doesn’t make too much sense, does it?

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  4. Enrique wants to play for Spain and he thinks his best chance of doing so is by playing for a club that can offer European football.

    Nowt wrong with that.

    Do we need a conspiracy theory every time a player decides to move on in their career? It does happen quite a lot you realise? Even at “big clubs” like Manure.

    *waits for replies of “we’re a big club with the best fans in the world and we deserve to be in the Champs League* Yawn!!!

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  5. So does Pardew still only want one player in?
    The asset stripping almost done – just Tiote, Coloccini and Guitterez to go.
    The club’s lack of ambition is quoted by outgoing players. Do you think anyone cares? I thought not.
    Ashley knows 52000 will be there next week.

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  6. lol replacement?

    and one for Carroll, Barton, Routledge too…

    when will we learn we dont do replacements just players that can cover…

    so much for the network of scouts scouring the lengths and breadths of Europe searching for the finest (free) talent..

    I’m just hoping Vukic and fergerson have blinder seasons because I think thats our replacements

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  7. Good article mate. Would be with you on the “recently positive now a tad concerned” feeling.

    Enrique was actually my favourite player the past couple of years but has let the side down big time in how he is handling matters. Understandable if he wants to leave for CL football or move to Spain to have more chance of getting into the national side, but his twitter comments were a bit unnecessary.

    Best we can hope for is a swap deal with the pool involving cash plus Insua maybe, especially since Arsenals interest seems to have died down. Not overly convinced by him to be honest but one things for sure, would take him in a heartbeat above Bridge or Warnock!

    As far as replacing Joey goes, Barnetta has come up a few times already, personally think its lazy Sun type journalists who pick a name from a hat rather than leave the office and do some actual work.. We have been linked with this lad since 2007 on and off, until I see him holding up the black and white for the cameras I wouldnt believe a word of it.

    Hate to say it but you could also see us not signing a replacement for Barton. Instead could be the case that Jonas will be played right wing and Ameobi, Abeid and Moyo will challenge to be brought through to back up Marveaux on the left. Dont be surprised either if you hear the forgotten man Ryan Taylors name being mentioned in a positive light all of a sudden in contention for the right wing spot, can just see the article now!

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  8. Considering how the club is being run from the top how can any NUFC supporter have a go at the players. I read on another blog today titled “Is Pardew simply a paid lapdog”, jeez come on guys wake up, this has been apparent to all none NUFC supporters since Hughton was made to leave?

    You all need to do what was done to the two American idiots at Anfield and take a more “proactive” apprach to dealing with the inept manner in which you great club is being run.

    As a none NUFC supporter it really saddens me to see what is happening on tyneside, you guys have been lucky enough to have had some of the more entertaining and passionate sides in recent memory. I can only wish you well and hope their is light at the end of your very dark tunnel.

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  9. apparently Enrique left due to lack of ambition. Echoed by other senior players.

    And the money won’t be spent, echoed by KK.

    Until MA speaks and addressed our concerns we can only guess at what the reasons are.

    but on the positives. We still have cash left over from plumbing work and now we have enrique + routledge cash to invest. only two weeks left to kick-off thought..

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  10. hope Joey Stays

    “Just because ur [sic] told to jump, it does not necessarily mean u have to. I may choose to stand perfectly still. It’s my right…just a thought,” Barton, who has a year to run on his Toon contract, said.

    Barton then returned to the social networking site to quote George Washington, the first President of the United States, in another thinly-veiled attack on the Magpies.

    “Quote of the day: If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington,” he tweeted

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  11. @4 so why move to a club that isnt offering european football

    smacks more of another player on a too good to be true contract and needs to replicate it elsewhere.

    Agree alot of change and in reality too much – just hope we can get a few more faces in now , ride out the initial bedding in without fans panicking too much at the first bad result – hopefully we can get 1 over the mackems and kick on

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  12. I’d probably sell Jose too to be honest, cannot afford to lose another player on a free – how would we pay for the cleaners?

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  13. Dale – We’ve done the “pro active ” thing. Way before you guys did. We git vilified and had the piss taken out of us. You guys had the press kissing you arses every step of the way. Go figure πŸ™„

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  14. Dale- there may be a light, but I am struggling to see it. At least I think/hope we are now at the very bottom of the tunnel and we are starting to come back up.

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  15. Stuart- He has to sell him, the 35mill was not enough to do all the plumbing at the training ground πŸ˜‰

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  16. Conversation heard aboard RMS Titanic just after 11:40 on the 14th of April 1912, “Oh dear, I think that iceberg has scraped the side of the ship. I’m really worried – I think we are taking in water. I hope it hasn’t caused much damage”.

    “What’s the matter with you? Stop being so negative. Haven’t you heard the Captain telling us the ship is unsinkable. Be more positive and because its your negativity that is the real problem”

    Unfortunately, when reality bites it doesn’t care how much you’ve convinced yourself that you being a supposedly ‘positive’ person makes you better than everyone else.
    It does care how much you have prayed and it doesn’t care how much hope you invest.

    Relying on hope, especially to the extent that we now have to, for a good outcome to the mess this club is in generally means you have forgone any form of decent planning.

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  17. “And if a double decker bus, kills the both of us,
    To die by your side,
    Well, the pleasure,
    The privilege is mine”

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  18. Trade Forster and a couple of mil for Celtics full back, spend some ****ing money on Barnetta and actually reach an agreement, offer Erdinc some big ass wages as Barton may soon be gone. Job done.

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  19. Liverpool might not be able to offer European football now but they’ve got more chance of offering it in Enrique’s lifetime than Newcastle have.

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  20. When are newcastle going to get a hold of this situation? Enrique was never going to sign another contract for god`s sake, ship him out and get him replaced. With the Barton situation and Enrique nonsense we are becoming the laughing stock again it is a total farce. Once again it shows the weakness of management throughout the club from manager/director/owner

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  21. Michael L…if establishing the root cause will have any bearing on what pardew & the board do in the future then I’d say it’s worth it otherwise it’s not worth it.

    These guys will do what they want & all they do is frustrates you & I can’t be doing with the stress! πŸ˜€

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  22. Moreno…things is & to paraphrase no-one at the club would jump in front of a flying bullet for any of us fans least of all Barton. He’d probably have his finger on the trigger… 😯

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  23. Freddie- The manager has no say what so ever, noting can be blamed on him. He is in place to pick the squad with the players he gets given. Well that’s how it is a NUFC.

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  24. Witters,

    For all this talk about light at the end of the tunnel….

    …people must be forgetting There is a light and it never goes out.

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  25. Newkie that should have been the plan anyway. We needed players like that before the commotion of the last few days.
    To many people on here were far too busy hand-wringing about actually coughing up the going rate for some new players.

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  26. spence agree its not pardews fault but how much more can he take or stand before he says enough is enough,he is being underminded constantly..Q jfk
    πŸ˜†

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  27. Hitman- I think he knew what he was walking into. I don’t think he will walk, on the other hand its him or JFK both doing the same role, I know which one I want more.

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  28. Rodz – Reference bigger server. Its being looked at don’t panic. Its frustrating me aswell. Some changes were made last night which have made it better but its still a matter of being careful until i can get it sorted long term.

    It will be sorted, i just ask for patience. Im not overly enthused about having to check up on here constantly on my week off meaning that i can’t do a lot. Im facing the prospect of sitting in front of the computer for my birthday tomorrow and passing it off to the mrs as something i want to do to keep her off my back.

    Bear with me πŸ™‚

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  29. Sorry Spencer I was getting carried away of course a manager at newcastle is only there to lead the donkey to the hay and make sure that the lights are switched out when night time falls. The stress is starting to get to me!

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  30. I decree today Fat Ashley’s simply taking
    And not giving.
    He treats us like crap.
    As if we owe him a living.

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  31. Pootle-Aye it should have been, but if the club wants to restore any credibility they need to act fast. Some of those could have waited until closer to the end of the transfer window before this week. Now they are needed urgently.

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  32. Moreno…let’s just hope the following doesnt sum up Barton’s mood now he’s finally got his way:

    I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
    And heaven knows I’m miserable now

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  33. And its because they are needed urgently we probably will get stiffed over transfer fees and wages, as everybody can now see we are desperate.

    Actually who am I kidding?
    Ashley might have very deep pockets but unfortunately he also has teeny tiny arms.
    No doubt we won’t get anyone in, but will probably will be told we have gone ‘really close’ with (nonexistent) bids for Messi, Tevez, Ronaldo and Cole but we couldn’t as they ‘didn’t have the right personality’ or their agents were ‘too greedy’.

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  34. That’s essentially what irks me about the Barton thing. Not the ticking off or the treatment as a response to his continued tirade, but more the fact that they have simply foregone any fee which is odd considering just how much emphasis they put on business. Transfer list him if you wish, but at least make a fee payable.

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  35. The team we field this year will be all but unrecognizable from last year’s… aside, that is, from the black & white.

    Worrying times. I’ve tried to stay positive. And there is still some time to get in new players. But this is getting rather shaky now.

    Player morale is definitely shaken and Pardew has little to no time to mold a team tactically with all the changes and injuries (HBA) this summer.

    Troubling…

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  36. Pardew has said we need a top striker and we’re in the market for one. Every sensible person knows we need one. I can’t believe we can’t find one in all the world. Yet I can’t see it happening. Do the pro-Ashley camp (a) see the need for one and (b) see it happening?

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  37. alreet Toonsy, nee wurries. Happy Birthday for tomorrow!! How ahhd? …or is that confidential? – may spoil the ‘mystique’. πŸ˜†

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  38. With the Enrique, Carroll, Barton (savings in wages) money, make a good offer for Papiss Demba Cisse. I know nothing about the guy, except that he was top (or 2nd) scorer in the Bundesliga last season and may be available for the right price. Fits the new age requirement too, at 25 or 26, I think.

    Just a thought.

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  39. Right, now I understand what “NO CAPITAL OUTLAY on players means”– We sell our most valuable player assets first then pocket the money, replace with freebies or bargain basement. Yeh got it. Why worry `cos at this rate we are gonna be the richest club in the fizzy league. SIMPLES

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  40. So SSN report there are:

    6 prem clubs
    1 championship club
    4 foreign clubs (including super rich Malaga and PSG)

    ….and we are selling him on a free…..

    FOR FUCK SAKE MAN!

    as i said on the last thread:

    Whatever faults from both sides,
    It makes no sense to β€˜sell’ Joey for nothing.
    For a man who misses out on some of the best talent as he won’t budge a million here and there and a man who imposes a wage cap meaning we don’t strengthen the side with enough quality or re-sign or best players…
    His business sense is once again in-consistent which proves he knows nothing about running the football team but just enjoys playing God.

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  41. πŸ˜€ i cant waaaaaaaaaaait until jose is gone!! im tired of his moany face being at newcastle!! dont want tools like him at our club!! please go 2day jose!! adios!! wud much rather have a left back in like feguson who is keen to learn and plays with a smile on his face!!

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  42. MORENO
    His business sense is once again in-consistent which proves he knows nothing about running the football team but just enjoys playing God.

    thats where ime going wrong i thought he was god πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  43. Think its far to say that both Barton n Jose arent going to be here much longer. The board need to act in the transfer window. We need a striker , a right winger and two left backs. We get that and we should be fine for the season. But why do the board constantly cut things so fine? Its can be very frustrating.

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  44. I think the fact he’s being offered for free gives you an indication of how p1ssed off the club are with him…massively I’d guess! πŸ˜€

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  45. IMO, Barton won`t be missed, the best he could hope is wide right——-Jonas would be better there—we have the strongest midfield options for years.
    Enrique is overated–decent in the Championship but against better Prem players and poor decision making looked awful.
    The board potentially are 1xtransaction away from making us all happy—Spend Β£15 mill on Sturridge/ Van Annholt–wages won`t be a problem, job done.
    If can get Naylor from Swansea as cover even better. Tavs can cover for Simps.
    Lose the dross then in good shape.
    Is it gonna happen, probably not. ❓

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  46. fergie will be our new LB,recriut from with in,means ZERO spend,just how ashley wants the club to be run..

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  47. I don’t think we’ll get replacements for either of them. A left back is most likely as Pardew has said he has plans if Jose leaves. However I’m starting to think that no one will be replaced.

    Survival the goal again this season?

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  48. Toonsy, it’s all downhill from now mate. The next 10 years will fly by and the next thing you know yil be fawaty!

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  49. CT – Sturridge is NOT coming to Newcaste and never will!
    Van Annholt has just signed another contract with chealsea and they rate him highly – NOT coming to Newcastle and probably never will.

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  50. I’ll nearly be 30 in ten years time, do you think Ashley will have foked off by then?

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  51. what is it with you newcastle supporters ive got the money from carroll nolan barton (soon) routledge and the green warm grass at the training ground is looking good for my helli to land on come the 31st of august when once again i will pretend to go for high class players
    come on the showers are warm and the car park is easier to park in now i have got rid of a few
    what do you lot want?

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  52. some tweets to Barton after he mentioned song of the day..

    @Joey7Barton what about ” your the one that I want oh oh oh ” oh no no one wants you !!!!! Lol x robbieSav

    chris_kammy Chris Kamara
    by RobbieSavage8
    @ ” Pleeeeaaase release me let me go for i dont love you anymore” @Joey7Barton @flintoff11 @RobbieSavage8 Ha Ha

    You could have ” big mouth strikes again ” by the Smiths @RobbieSavage8 , enjoying your tweets @Joey7Barton !

    Or money for nothing dire straights RT @Joey7Barton: Might start song of the day soon as well? Seems there’s demand ha ha……..

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  53. Spencer, hopefully he’ll have fallen off his yacht after too many pints of champagne, and been eaten alive by sharks by then.

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  54. I think the club is releasing him on a free because :
    1. he’s stated he wants to stay until he can go on a free which means newcastle wasn’t going to get a fee for him anyway.
    2. big clubs will have to make big offers (in fees) for him to accept. Else, he was going to do the ‘loyal’ thing and stick around for a year.
    3. newcastle loses 2 million over the next year to him as fees while pulling hair out because of his twitterantics
    4. if he’s on a free, liverpool, arsenal, etc might just take a gamble on him.

    I think the club will tell him if he digs his heels in and refuses to go, he won’t get a game. He’ll have to go. “Forced out”, like he’ll say a month from now.
    That gets rid of a bad influence, a rebel and 2 million in fees. The club would take that over him sitting on the payroll and losing him for free next season.

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  55. @Moreno

    you obviously havent had a cowie in a while… you get more intoxicated sniffing bus seats now-a-days… apparently.. πŸ™„

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  56. anyone else starting to side with the club regarding Enrique and Barton? Got to be honest, I think I am.
    For Enrique, here, if you want champions league football, fair one, just don’t talk **** and get your agent to sort out a deal, no one cares about someone wanting to get a better job, good luck to you pal, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
    On Barton, the more that comes out his mouth I see someone who is egotistical, a disruptive influence, someone who thinks ‘their’ issue out weighs anything else to do with the club. No one is bigger than the club, so get rid I say.
    Don’t freak out people, we managed without Andy Cole, we’ll manage without Barton πŸ˜€

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  57. I can’t see what choice the club had with Barton.
    Fans say he was worth Β£4-Β£5m however that was surely never going to happen? The clubs were always going to wait and get him for nothing next season or if a bid did come in, unlikely I believe, he was always going to run his contract down so he could be in a much better negotiating position next year. Therefore the
    club aren’t really losing out by putting him up for sale for nothing. They get rid of a disgruntled player and save on his alleged Β£65k per week.

    Enrique is a different case as he’s never said he would run his contract down, to the contrary, he’s made it clear he would be looking to move on to a CL club. I’ve no doubt the move to Liverpool was engineered back in january/February.

    I did say in January that I thought our new signings were good investments for the price they were. However I don’t believe they cost the amount Lamearse has indicated. But I always maintained we would be selling the 4 big earners and for me it is not strengthening our squad at all, it’s weakening it immensely.

    Team spirit dragged us back up last year and it now seems in disarray. πŸ™„

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  58. anyone else starting to side with the club regarding Enrique and Barton? Got to be honest, I think I am.
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    Yes- I’ll always side with the club over disgruntled players. My only issue is that they should have tried to sell Enrique earlier since he was always sure to be on the move.

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  59. posted on last thread (late) but as it’s still being mentioned here

    The reason he’s going on a free is because Barton himself said a couple of days before this all kicked off that he would sit on his contract unless the club gave him a free transfer…lo and behold shortly after he gets one, coincidence or a well thought out Mackay plan???…..I refer to Stuart’s comment @67, so who the **** knows……..thats Stuarts comment 67 on the previous thread though πŸ˜‰

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  60. …what a distressing image that is Moreno, fatty, topless, sweating profusely doing the ‘big-fish-little-fish-cardboard-box’ dance with a whistle in his gob and glostick in hand.

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