Benitez questions Ashley, new deals lined up & ex-Mag in for Sunderland job – NUFC news round-up

A round-up of today’s NUFC news and gossip:

  • Rafa Benitez has questioned Newcastle’s lack of investment at Academy level, also revealing what Matty Longstaff was like during his time in charge – Full story here.
  • As revealed by the Northern Echo, Steve McClaren has ‘made contact’ with club chiefs at the Stadium of Light to express his interest in the Sunderland job – Full story here.
  • The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas expects Martin Dubravka and Isaac Hayden to pen new deals soon, also revealing that Matty Longstaff should sign a new improved contract at the club – Full story here.
  • The club have confirmed that Matt Ritchie has undergone a ‘minor ankle operation’, with him not expected to return until the end of the month as a result – Full story here.
  • Atlanta Utd President Darren Eales has spoken out about Miguel Almiron’s struggle for goals at Newcastle, believing his poor form is down to ‘confidence’ issues – Full story here.
  • A brilliant clip has emerged on social media this week, showing Allan Saint-Maximin’s best bits from his electric display in our 1-0 win over Manchester United – Watch it here.
  • Sam Allardyce has insisted there’s “no chance” he’ll be returning to Sunderland following the sacking of Jack Ross – Full story here.
  • And finally, the NUFC fan who was filled with both elation and dread following Matty Longstaff’s winner last weekend – Read why here.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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