Late U-turn puts Emery deal in doubt – NUFC scrambling to save deal after major own-goal?

As of late last night, it looked like Unai Emery’s proposed move to St James’ Park was set to go ahead in time for Saturday’s trip to Brighton.

However, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague reported that Emery was set to reject a move to Tyneside and remain at Villarreal.

He claimed that the 50-year-old had been left unsure of the club’s structure moving forward and unimpressed by the number of leaks stating he was set for the job – which came at the worst possible time, just hours before his side played Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League.

Both points raise real concerns, especially if Amanda Staveley and Co have shot themselves in the foot by informing the press of his ‘imminent’ appointment before they were in a position to do so.

So, how have the local media responded to talk of this sudden U-turn this morning?

The Mail’s Craig Hope – who seemed adamant last night that Emery was on his way to Newcastle – says this is news to our new owners, who are now exchanging phone calls in a bid to get this deal back on track.

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder claims that emergency talks were held between Villarreal and Emery around midnight last night, resulting in billionaire owner Fernando Roig briefing Spanish press that his manager will now reject any offer that comes their way.

Sky Sports’ Keith Downie also had this to say outside St James’ Park this morning, feeling this is a critical day and ‘difficult situation’ as we risk missing out on our number one target:

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4 thoughts on “Late U-turn puts Emery deal in doubt – NUFC scrambling to save deal after major own-goal?

  1. GET a MANAGER and then you can shout about it – we’ve got a bunch of headline owner’s!

    This is getting embarrassing ON and now OFF the pitch

    At this rate we will end up with Howe = simply because no one else wants him = so much for top appointment’s


  2. There’s still time .. but why is it all being done in public?

    Twitter knew before Emery … @NUFC is leaking like a sieve.

    The board need to tighten up on access and security of vital information.
    Someone’s talking inappropriately. It looks unprofessional.

    “They don’t know what their doing” … well no they don’t … they are first time football club owners.
    They are not used to making these decisions and it’s all new, so you can expect them to be cautious and perhaps slower making decisions than more experienced operators in the EPL.
    Whatever happens will be a learning experience and they are clever people and will profit from going through the process.



  3. I would rather have Howe, Lampard or Potter all down to earth, no huge egos and would just get on with the job in hand and both have premiership experience.
    You want someone who wants to be here with a decent track record, and is up for the fight


  4. It’s ridiculous, every man and his dog seems to have been “favourite for the position”, just do your interviews in private and make an announcement when contracts are signed. The media don’t help but its what they get paid to do. Personally if we don’t get Emry I won’t be upset, but we can’t have Jones going into the weekend unless he is going to change his tactics and put on a display, win or loose we need an entertaining performance going into the break.


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