Joelinton bags in Burton & U23 talent takes his chance as Newcastle beat the Brewers

A solid end to our series of pre-season away trips, with Newcastle beating Burton Albion 2-0 at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday night.

Backed by almost 2,000 Mags in the away end, Jacob Murphy opened the scoring in the first half before Joelinton headed home impressively in the second 45.

The Brazilian played a big role in both goals and put in a solid shift up top, while Murphy picked up from where he left off last season. He ran rings around the League One side at times and offered us a constant outball down the right.

One player who also looked noticeably sharp was Federico Fernandez. Whether it be his reading of the game or a surprise turn of pace on the cover, it was good to see him look in tip-top shape as we kept our first clean sheet of the summer.

Joe White also deserves a mention. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder made his senior debut in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Rotherham and did not look out of place when coming on in this one.

Aside from being barged off the ball once or twice, he looked the part and showed a few real glimpses of quality. He never hid, carried the ball well, got his head up to pick passes and looks to have a good left peg on him.

Schar and Krafth were handed their first starts since returning from Euro 2020 action, Fraser was a pest in the free role – although suffered from the lack of creativity in midfield at times, reminding us all how vital it is we re-sign Joe Willock and add some much needed dynamism to our one-paced engine room.

Here’s both goals, starting with Murphy’s opener – which fell just nicely to our most improved player after Isaac Hayden made a mess of Joelinton’s clever cut-back:

A few anti-Bruce chants came out of the away end – which was brilliant for a pre-season friendly half way down the country – with “three-year deal, you’re having a laugh” also being sung at one stage early on.

We had chances to make it 3-0 in the end – Gayle flashed wide after being put in behind by Schar and Hayden had a goal-bound effort well blocked following White’s brilliant half-volley was parried out – but it was a good run out.

Despite creating very little and failing to trouble Woodman (1st half) or Gillespie (2nd half), Burton competed well, got in our faces and weren’t shy in the tackle, being another League One side who arrived with the right approach as we edge closer to the start of the 2021/22 season in just two weeks time.

It was a shame to see Callum Wilson miss out with a ‘slight knock’ to his hamstring and Allan Saint-Maximin stay at home through ‘illness’, however it seems both issues are minor and the pair could feature in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Norwich at St James’ Park.

STARTING 11: (5-3-2) – Woodman – Murphy, Krafth , Fernandez, Schar, Ritchie – Hendrick, Hayden, S Longstaff – Fraser, Joelinton.

SUBS: Gillespie, Langley, Clark, Lascelles, Watts, Lewis, M Longstaff, Young, White, Allan, Gayle.

The following players were not involved in the game:

  • Allan Saint-Maximin (illness)
  • Callum Wilson (‘slight knock’)
  • Martin Dubravka (injury)
  • Elliot Anderson (injury)
  • Jonjo Shelvey (injury)
  • Javier Manquillo (injury)
  • Karl Darlow (COVID-19)
  • Miguel Almiron (extended break after Copa America)
  • Yoshinori Muto (unknown)

Up next, a meeting with newly promoted Norwich at St James’ Park next Saturday!

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123 thoughts on “Joelinton bags in Burton & U23 talent takes his chance as Newcastle beat the Brewers

  1. Fair play to the Villa owners, they look to be reinvesting most if not all of the £100m from the Grealish deal – and making some good signings to boot.

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  2. Next time Agbonlahor says anything about Bruce and NUFC, think about the following quotes. He was saying he was sure Grealish would stay at Villa and become “a legend”. I always though Agbonahor didnt know his @rse from his elbow. He is the villa version of Merse.

    https://www.football365.com/news/aston-villa-man-confident-jack-grealish-will-stay-best-ever-player-manchester-city?utm_source=Recirculation&utm_medium=WP_Related_Articles_Unit&utm_campaign=Benchmark

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  3. The Kane Mutiny is getting a bit farcical now. He is in Florida which will require a 5 day quarantine after he returns this weekend. That should rule him out of at least the 1st game. Also, Nuno has not spoken to him. Dont they have phones?

    I am still in Kane’s corner because Levy has form for going back on his word and I totally belive Harry that he was told to give Spurs one more year and then he could leave. The fact that last year was a bit of a sh!t show and that this will go on for years should only steel Kane’s nerve to leave. If he sees out his full contract he will be 31 and Levy will be the only winner.

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  4. Eric:
    The Kane Mutiny is getting a bit farcical now. He is in Florida which will require a 5 day quarantine after he returns this weekend. That should rule him out of at least the 1st game. Also, Nuno has not spoken to him. Dont they have phones?

    I am still in Kane’s corner because Levy has form for going back on his word and I totally belive Harry that he was told to give Spurs one more year and then he could leave. The fact that last year was a bit of a sh!t show and that this will go on for years should only steel Kane’s nerve to leave. If he sees out his full contract he will be 31 and Levy will be the only winner.

    Eric – this isn’t a case that Levy has gone back on his word though mate. City haven’t met the asking price.
    Levy hasn’t refused him a move, he’s saying if you want him, pay up. If City can afford or value Grealish at £100m, then Levy is right to stand firm for his valuation of Kane imo.

    Unless I’ve missed Levy saying Kane is not for sale at any price, then Kane is bang out of order for the way he’s going about this.

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  5. These part exchange deals hardly ever come off. In fact, I cannot think of the last one that did. They are always talked about in the papers and then never happen. May as well sell Willock to us and use the proceeds to fund the Maddison deal.

    The Chronic have some nothing story about a text Willock sent to his brother suggesting Joe will have a good season at NUFC OR Arsenal. It says nothing of the sort. It wishes his brother good luck at Salford. I actually think that helps our cause as his brother is moving away to play so why not Joe? Plus, they could meet somewhere in the middle like Harrogate for a few beers.

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  6. Sharpy: I am enjoying the Kane Mutiny. It puts their supporters in a bind and makes them squirm. Do they defend “one of their own” or call it treason? I never really had a problem with Spurs fans but that stadium and the fawning over it by the southern press got on my nerves.

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  7. Not sure why City need Grealish. They already have players that play just like him – Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Bruno. Is it because Pep wants to cheat even more? He’s not content with fouling when ever City lose the ball in the opposition half but now he wants someone who deliberately runs into people to buy a foul? Still a good player though, I just wish he didnt do that.

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  8. Eric:
    These part exchange deals hardly ever come off. In fact, I cannot think of the last one that did. They are always talked about in the papers and then never happen. May as well sell Willock to us and use the proceeds to fund the Maddison deal.

    The Chronic have some nothing story about a text Willock sent to his brother suggesting Joe will have a good season at NUFC OR Arsenal. It says nothing of the sort. It wishes his brother good luck at Salford. I actually think that helps our cause as his brother is moving away to play so why not Joe? Plus, they could meet somewhere in the middle like Harrogate for a few beers.

    Eric – Arsenal have went with the wrong player for part ex imo. Leicester have Teilemans & Praet that play a similar role to Willock so they don’t need him.

    But if you value Willock at £20m & Arsenal are putting £60m towards that too – £80m for Maddison is way over priced .. if snap their bloody hand off.

    Vardy is getting on and will need replacing – £60m gives you a good chance of doing that.

    If they took Willock they could still loan him to us with a loan fee of £8-10m to make some money off him 🤷🏼‍♂️

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  9. Eric:
    Sharpy: I am enjoying the Kane Mutiny. It puts their supporters in a bind and makes them squirm. Do they defend “one of their own” or call it treason? I never really had a problem with Spurs fans but that stadium and the fawning over it by the southern press got on my nerves.

    Eric – I get them having no problem with him wanting to go & win things – fair play for that. But any fan condoning his current conduct are mental!!. No one player is bigger than the club & Kane is certainly acting like that at the mo.
    If it was Shearer with a move to Man Utd for example, I’d have been raging.

    The worst thing is I don’t think he needs to. Pep has wanted him for a long time & I expect City would make it happen after the bartering nonsense with Levy – who I think accepted hed be losing Kane this summer.

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  10. Sharpy: i never meant that Leceister would add to the fee for Maddison knowing Arsenal had just got 20 mil for Willock. It is 60 mil either way whatever other money Arsenal get. I actually think that is too much anyway. He’s maybe a 40 mil player, no more. he’s good at free kicks but no better than Ward Prowse who is being talked about in the 25 mil range.

    What chance has Maddison of being an England regular? I would say no chance. 60 mil is too much for a bit part player with a limited skill set.

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  11. Sharpy: I am a lot more confident of getting Willock after we agreed we would pay a transfer fee. I had little hope if it was a loan and I said so on here. I dont see what he gains by staying at Arsenal as they are trying to buy players in his position so that shows Arteta doesnt fancy him much.

    In my opinion, Arsenal are livimg in the past. Even with additions I dont think they will be top 6 and certainly not top 4. I think it depends on Aubamayang’s season more than anything. They are not going after elite players. Odegaard isnt elite and neither are Maddison or White. They are certainly not Sancho or Varane quality.

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  12. Arsenal have fallen so far which is why I think we have a shot at Willock. They are not his boyhood team anymore. They are not the team of Henry and Viera. They are not the team of Bergkamp and Van Persie. Hell, they are not even the team of Petit and Overmars.

    You look at the current Arsenal and think who would get in the peak Wenger teams? Maybe Aubamayang but even he would not get in ahead of Henry, Bergkamp or Van Persie.

    You could say we would kill for 3 FA Cup in 6 years and you would be right. But the fact Arsenal won it shows how devalued it is. I think the prize money is something like 4 mil for the winner. The real money is in the PL and CL.

    Does anybody really think that this Arsenal has a shot at Champions League?

    Come and play for NUFC Joe. At least you will be appreciated.

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  13. FA Cup winner prize money was 3.6 million. Compare that to what we got for that push to finish higher in the PL. I think it was 3 million for each place and Fat Man pocketed an extra 12 mil.

    Arsenal are not what they were and it could be 3 years or more before they are pushing for CL. The Kroenke’s are not interested in selling either.

    In terms of falls from grace, I think Arsenal are similar to NUFC. We were never part of the elite apart from a few years. Arsenal always have been. Their location alone should make them CL every year.

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  14. Eric:
    Sharpy: I am a lot more confident of getting Willock after we agreed we would pay a transfer fee. I had little hope if it was a loan and I said so on here. I dont see what he gains by staying at Arsenal as they are trying to buy players in his position so that shows Arteta doesnt fancy him much.

    In my opinion, Arsenal are livimg in the past. Even with additions I dont think they will be top 6 and certainly not top 4. I think it depends on Aubamayang’s season more than anything. They are not going after elite players. Odegaard isnt elite and neither are Maddison or White. They are certainly not Sancho or Varane quality.

    Eric – I didn’t think he would stay at Arsenal long term either mate. A loan deal with us, have a cracking season, catch the eye of a more ambitious club & move on to them – or maybe a real long shot but catch Artetas eye and he brings him back, claiming credit for sending him on loan.

    Also, at 21 the lad may not want to move as far away from him on a permanent basis. I know that’s BS and I’m usually the first one to jump all over something like that – but young players tend to favour London or the North West at least. History shows that players aren’t keen on the NE really.

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  15. Sharpy mate, dont think it is as much of a culture shock for Willock moving to the NE as ASM moving from Nice. There are quite a few players at NUFC from London and the SE – Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchie, Fraser, Wilson, Woodman. Most still have family in the South. Ritchie’s wife and kids live there.

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  16. Eric:
    Sharpy mate, dont think it is as much of a culture shock for Willock moving to the NE as ASM moving from Nice. There are quite a few players at NUFC from London and the SE – Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchie, Fraser, Wilson, Woodman. Most still have family in the South. Ritchie’s wife and kids live there.

    Eric – foreign players moving to the NE from foreign leagues is different mate – and of the players you mention both Hayden & Ritchie have been actively looking to move back South to be nearer their families.

    I’m not saying it’s an exclusive rule, but it certainly seems to have been the case for all 3 NE clubs in the past.

    I’m hoping not with Willock having sampled it on loan last season – time will tell how it plays out.

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  17. Listening to Wriath with Supermac and Gibbo. I usually like what they have to say but not today. Supermac is completely depressed about the situation. Gibbo is prattling on about a part exchange with Leicester for Willock. That is not happening folks. Gibbo has been following NUFC for 50+ years and still gets sucked in by this crap. It will be a cash deal for Willock. The most likely would be Villa or Everton.

    I just cannot believe how naive these people are after having worked in the business for so long.

    Wraith is still acting like he hasnt said that the takeover was 99% certain for 16 months and has not had the rest of the “Fab Four” in his ear saying the same. He allowed idiots like Keith Patterson to have a platform and believed what they said and now it is like it never happened.

    Not only that, but he has these same idiots who have been wrong on everything on his youtube channel for 2 hours every friday night. Pattersaon, Hastey and The Geordie Drunkard have not been correct on anything they have ever said on NUFC Matters.

    I think it is time that NUFC fans filtered where they get their information from. Certainly not Wraith on a Friday and I think Gibbo is proving himself to be naive even at 80 years old.

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  18. This is driving me mad that someone like John Gibson who has followed NUFC for over 50 years and is 80 years old cannot see what is plain as day. He has just said that Bruce has a rolling ONE YEAR CONTRACT. It is obvious that he has started with a 3 year deal and at the end of each season they add on another year to top it back up again to a 3 year deal.

    Look at the facts. Bruce is said to be the lowest paid PL manager at 1.5 million a year. If they sacked him that would mean he would be paid 1.5 million in comp, max. And yet, the numbers in the press are that Bruce would be paid 4 million plus. THAT IS A ROLLING 3 YEAR DEAL FFS.

    How can Gibson be so naive!!!!

    I despair. Between the ITKs passing on bogus takeover talk and now Gibson not seeing the obvious and the stupid Pledge, I dont know if I can listen to the youtubers and journos anymore. I never had that much respect for Gibbo anyway. I always thought he was a bit of a self promoter. He was wrong much more than he was right, and has probably found the correct home with Wraith and “The Fab Four”. Liam Kennedy is no better either.

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  19. Bl00dy hell Messi leaving Barca 😳😳😳. I knew there was a chance it could happen, but I just can’t imagine him playing for another club.

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  20. As a neutral I really think it’s sad that Grealish has gone to City – it’s probably only just hit me seeing him in the kit.
    There are youngsters in Birmingham now breaking there hearts that their hero has left – the player they would pretend to be when playing footy with their mates.
    As an adult I understand why of course – but let’s be honest, he’s going from big fish in the little pond to a bit part player … and not a player I see fitting into a Pep team if I’m honest.

    Will they continue to track Kane now though, or do they opt for Messi?!.

    Kane may have p!ssed on his chips here.

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  21. Sharpy: Grealish is EXACTLY a Pep type player. He already has 4 in the same mould – Foden, Mahrez, Bruno and Sterling. I think Pep thinks Grealish is just that little bit better and will be an ugrade and he can sell one of the others. He is also a cheat, which Pep coaches his team to be. He doesnt have to even coach Grealish for that.

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  22. Eric:
    Sharpy: Grealish is EXACTLY a Pep type player. He already has 4 in the same mould – Foden, Mahrez, Bruno and Sterling. I think Pep thinks Grealish is just that little bit better and will be an ugrade and he can sell one of the others. He is also a cheat, which Pep coaches his team to be. He doesnt have to even coach Grealish for that.

    Eric – I guess what I mean by my comment is off the ball rather than with it. I agree with the ball, but his workrate without the ball isn’t great – he’s the big fish & the likes of McGinn and other players round him run the ball down when the opposition have it. But that won’t wash with Pep – he expects his players to win that ball back ASAP.
    Grealish will have to up his workrate.

    I agree though, one or more will have to move on – I don’t see it being Foden or Mahrez actually – Sterling or Bernardo (I think you mean – Bruno is Man Utd).

    What do you reckon – Kane or Messi? – or does Messi end up in UAE or some other crap league that would pay him a million a game or something like that.

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  23. Messi to the Toon… you heard it here first! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.

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  24. Mike has given up shi.te direct to personally manage the Messi deal. We’ve cleared pounds off the wage bill in preparation. He’s going to be offered a toon record wage … £10 an hour and a gift voucher for flannels if he scores. 😳

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  25. 11 arrests made of the idiots who racially abused England players who missed penalties. I said at the time that you had to be some kind of stupid not to realise you might be tracked down. Finally, it looks like this is being taken seriously. I dont know what the punishment should be but maybe part of it could be them having to wear a sign around their neck for a year saying “stupid”.

    This was always going to happen, it was just a matter of time because they left an electronic trail that big tech could hand over.

    It is pretty simple. If I was racially abusive on here and somebody objected and called the police, Olly could hand over my e-mail address. It is no dirfferent with twitter. How can these people be so stupid. And being drunk is not an excuse.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/rashford-sancho-saka-racism-arrests-24693297

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  26. Everybody thinks Arsenal are flush with cash when that is simply not true. Their owners are as cheap as Ashley and will not reach into their own pockets. They took a 140 million Covid loan from the Govt and converted this to a loan with Barclays in Jan. 25 million for Willock would not be an insignificant amount for them and might help with their transfer targets.

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  27. Eric:
    Everybody thinks Arsenal are flush with cash when that is simply not true. Their owners are as cheap as Ashley and will not reach into their own pockets. They took a 140 million Covid loan from the Govt and converted this to a loan with Barclays in Jan. 25 million for Willock would not be an insignificant amount for them and might help with their transfer targets.

    Eric – I wouldn’t mind taking Eddie Nketiah off their hands too.

    Wilson is quality but injury prone and will be missing for stints of the season – I reckon Nketiah would be good cover.
    If not him, we should be looking at players like Batshuyi or Origi – but I expect the cost to loan those players would be far greater.

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  28. The Arsenal fans have hated the Kroenke’s for as long as we have hated Ashley, and for the same reasons that I dont really need to go into. But, if there is one set of fans that are delusional, it is Arsenal and not us. They do not realise that times have changed and they are no longer in the elite. They criminally neglected their squad for at least 10 years and the chickens are coming home to roost.

    They were always part of the elite along with Liverpool and Man U but failed to realise that billionnaires have changed the landscape. Chelsea and Man City are ahead of them now so they are fighting for 5th or 6th and that will probably continue except for the odd lucky year.

    I dont care what their revenue is. It can be close to City or Chelsea but when those clubs look like they need a boost their rich owners pull the trigger. Look at Chelsea, when they looked like they were stagnating a bit, Abramovich spent 250 million. Arsenal wouldnt do that.

    Same with Spurs. They are going back to their 6-9th comfort zone no matter what their revenue. They havent won the league since the year I was born when Jimmy Greaves was the best player in England. More delusional fans 🙂

    So, I reckon we have a chance at Willock if we pay up.

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  29. icedog: only comes up with strip saying he never said he wont train,how are you and Lewis getting on in new house mate?

    Ice, he is saying he never refused to train and will be back at training ground tomorrow as planned.

    House is a mess mate, stuff everywhere as i’m waiting on a garage to be rebuilt so i can store stuff. The garden is huge and stressing me out, very bad bramble, bindweed and nettle problem.
    Paid 3 guys to spend a day cutting down brambles roughly an area of 20 square feet and just as tall. Once it came down we found a load of flytip behind it so i then had to pay another chap to clear that out. Had to have 8 tree stumps removed and 5 trees felled and i still have loads to do.
    Just cleared a 45 foot border of brambles nettles and bindweed , filled up 65 huge bags with roots and greenery. Dug it over, installed new edging laid plastic membrane and covered with 2 tons of chippings ! So far I have spent £4,000 on the garden and only scratched the surface. IN the end it will likely be around the £ 20,000 mark ! never saw that coming. The house has had some adaptions done for Lewis but they are not finished yet so i cannot decorate it and it’s minging mate.I have a bathroom suite on order and need a gas heating upgrade, I also had the worst of the drains fixed . People keep saying it’ll look amazing when all done but at the moment i just see a mess and an ever decreasing bank account. 😥

    Bet you wished you never asked now 😆 How are you anyway ?

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  30. Why didnt we go for that Brazilian at West Brom? I think his name is Pereira but he has gone to a Saudi team. That’s a tragedy. I watched them when they took Chelsea apart and he was the best player on the pitch. I think most PL teams must have been asleep at the wheel but Nickson should have been watching the situation.

    I doubt he will be in Saudi for long. He is too good for that league. He’ll get his payday and want to play real football again.

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  31. Pledge is up to 127k. That is up about 2,000 in the past week. At this rate it will take 25 years (a quarter of a century) to get to their goal of funding a 1% stake in NUFC. I told you it would fizzle.

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  32. Periera? I’d have gone for him but there seems to be an attitude problem otherwise the big boys would have snapped him up.

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  33. So, a 22 million pound loss up to end of July 2020. Under the circumstances (Covid) that doesnt sound too bad. Wages were up to 70% of turnover which is why there was such a push to get rid of dead wood. The next set of accounts will probably show a bigger loss because that will take in a full year of Covid.

    I think we rely on the gate money more than most clubs because Ashley has done such a terrible job on the commercial side. However, we should bounce back this year and the wages are still not out of control.

    My guess would be 60 million losses over the 2 year period which Ashley can support but you can see why the transfer budget is so low. It is now more improtant than ever that we stay in the PL. I know Ashley is against it but a bank loan for Willock would be a good idea.

    You see the “big 6” splashing the cash. That’s because their commercial revenue is so high and it wasnt really affected by Covid. Even Chelsea and City are pretty much self-sustainable with some cash injections from owners to top it up.

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  34. Kimtoon: I dont envy you. Last time I moved I was in a bad mood for a week, which is the time it took me to unpack and get organized. Boxes everywhere. I am not a neat freak or anything but I like to have stuff in places where I can find things easily and the boxes were driving me mad.

    I couldnt live in a fixer-upper like you see on TV where people are doing renovations themselves and there is dust and dirt everywhere.

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  35. KIM you seem to be having a bit of a nightmare i really feel for you,gardens is a life time job its never ending i have a very large garden age starts to get you so i put gravel everywhere and use a lot of pots for flowers ect god it saved me a lot of back breaking work dont know if that would work for you?.know what a move does i moved to Aussie and back twice good luck with your work.

    this Willock thing does not seem to have a ending whos to blame for it,beats me

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  36. Ashley’s “loan” is 107 million according to the accounts. That is quite a bit less than last time we were in the Championship. There are still people saying in the comments section of the Chronic and on Blogs that this means if Ashleys sale price is 300 mil then after paying back the loan AS WELL it would be 407 mil. Nonsense. It is still 300 mil.

    If you sell a car for 10k but there is a 2k loan you dont add the loan to the sale price. You pay off the loan with the proceeds and net 8k. This happens all of the time on blogs, I dont understand how people get through life if they cannot understand simple things like this.

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  37. I wonder what the club is worth after Covid? Probably 250 million and that is assuming Ashley’s debt would be about 150 mil. He would net around 100 mil so would get about what it cost him 15 years ago. I see people saying all the time that he has taken money out of the club but I do not see where from except that land sale. The accounts are in the public domain and we would know if he had taken other money out.

    To even be worth 250 mil you would need a sportswashing buyer or someone who sees the potential of growing the commercial side that has been so neglected by Ashley. We are a break even club after Covid, probably generating 20 mil a year extra for transfer fees. A few bad transfers (Joelinton) and we are sleepwalking to the Championship. Touch and go this year I would say.

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  38. Before Covid we were generating 40 million annually to use for transfers. With the increase in the wage bill I reckon that is now 20 mil as I said above. The only place for extra money to come from is from a buyer with deep pockets. Whatever we think, we are not a big draw for advertisers at the moment. I am even shocked we are on Sky as much as we are. I wouldnt watch us if I was not a supporter!!!

    I suppose Ashley did get 12 years of free advertising for Sports Direct, but I think he only pays 3 mil a year now so that doesnt add much to the commercial side.

    Just looking at the accounts, NUFC is a self-sustaining commercial enterprise if we stay in the PL. It is not anything more unless we get owners who have ambitions for Europe. We are stuck in limbo and can only hope that Ashley will do what it takes to keep us in the PL in the belief he can resurrect the Pif deal. I am not sure that is possible as there are still the issues of separation of Bin Salmon from the pif and piracy.

    I do know I will never again listen to the 3 Amigos/Fab Four/Keith Patterson on a Friday night on this issue. I was never sucked in by their patter in the first place, but now they just annoy me.

    Can we get money from an FA Cup run? A little bit, mainly from gates. Even if you get to the semi-final the prize money is about 1 million.

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  39. Just to finish up on the accounts. They make it abundantly clear why there is only 10 million for transfers and I would include loan fees in that. They have freed up some wage space so we can afford the loanees wages.

    The exception is Willock who I see the Fatman thinking there is not much downside there. Buy him, and he may be the difference between relegation or not. Get relegated and we can probably get our money back like we did with Wijnaldum.

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  40. Olly – I know you like to keep an eye on how Rafa gets on mate – Everton got smashed 4-0 off Man Utd today mate with only really DCL missing to make it a full strength side. Just incase you missed it mate 👍🏻

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  41. Sharpy17:
    Olly – I know you like to keep an eye on how Rafa gets on mate – Everton got smashed 4-0 off Man Utd today mate with only really DCL missing to make it a full strength side.Just incase you missed it mate 👍🏻

    I don’t write articles on Rafa for me – I do it as it’s clear from views / social media comments within our fanbase that a lot of Toon fans still have a lot of love for him. Same for Rondon.

    Not a good result for them today! I saw Pickford dropped a clanger.

    New thread up, btw!

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