William Jose reveals that he turned down Newcastle United offer

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Willian Jose has revealed has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Newcastle United.

The Real Sociedad striker insists he is happy in La Liga with his club, although he admits he does want to play in the Premier League one day.

However, he insists he has no regrets after ‘last year’ knocking back Newcastle .



The Brazilian striker has been with Real Sociedad for just over three years and has been a massive success.

In La Liga he has scored 42 goals and got 13 assists from 95 starts and seven sub appearances.

His performances have attracted plenty of attention but his age may prove to be a bit off putting now for Mike Ashley. William Jose is 27 and turns 28 next month (November).

The striker has been called up for Brazil twice without getting on the pitch and admits that if nothing changes, he may make himself available to Spain.

William Jose talking to Marca:

“The Premier (League) is the best championship in the world but La Liga is not far behind.

“For me, the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona.

“I could have been in the Premier (League) but I am in the right place.

“I want to play in the Premier League one day but for now I am happy here.

“I had an option to go to Newcastle last year (but) I am happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying (rather than going to Newcastle).”




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Mike Ashley denies offering Jaap Stam the Newcastle United job

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In an interview in Holland, Jaap Stam has said that he was offered the Newcastle United job.

Speaking to Voetbal International (see below), the former Manchester United defender says he was approached to take the job before Mike Ashley gave it to Steve Bruce.

Jaap Stam saying that he had just agreed to take the Feyrenoord job, an agreement that he couldn’t/wouldn’t break in order to accept Ashley’s offer.



Now though, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United have issued a denial, claiming that they didn’t offer Stam the job.

The Chronicle saying that an unnamed person at the football club also told them that Mike Ashley and NUFC didn’t instruct anybody else to speak to Jaap Stam on their behalf either.

Whilst Stam would have been a surprise candidate for the job, in reality it wouldn’t have been a surprise.

With the exception of Rafa Benitez, these past nine years have seen a succession of underwhelming appointments.

Mike Ashley’s preference to have a patsy manager/head coach recruited from the lower divisions, so desperate to take the job that they will accept having no responsibility on transfers or anything else of importance.

The previous four appointments (ignoring Rafa Benitez) having had their last jobs in League One (Pardew) and the Championship (McClaren and Bruce), whilst John Carver was promoted by Mike Ashley.



The Mag – Earlier today (Tuesday 22 October 2019);

An interesting new interview with Jaap Stam over in Holland.

The former Manchester United player is currently manager of Feyenoord, who aren’t doing that great.

They finished third in the Dutch league last season and after taking over this summer, they are currently on tenth.

However, Jaap Stam says that he might not have ended up there at all.

The one-time Reading boss took over at Dutch minnow PEC Zwolle in December (2018) but only a few months later was approached by Feyenoord, Jaap Stam agreeing a two year contract with Feyenoord which would start on 1 June 2019, after he had seen out the season witjh PEC Zwolle.

Jaap Stam though has revealed that only a few days after agreeing that deal with Feyenoord, he was approached to take the job at Newcastle.

Mike Ashley and his people said to have offered the former Dutch international the NUFC job when Rafa Benitez still had almost four mnths of his contract remaining.



At a time when supposedly Mike Ashley was doing everything he could to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay…

This very much fits in with the belief of most fans that Ashley had no intention at all of trying to retain the top class manager.

Instead looking around for somebody who was desperate enough to take the NUFC job on the understanding they would have no real power, apart from training and picking  the team.

It has been widely reported that Steve Bruce got the job only after a whole host of other people turned Mike Ashley down, so now it appears we can add Jaap Stam to that list.

Certainly having been sacked at Reading after a run of only one win in 18 league matches (20th in the Championship in March 2018) and ending up at PEC Zwolle, you could well imagine that Jaap Stam would have fit that ‘desperate’ description and willing to accept Ashley’s terms.

Jaap Stam speaking to Voetbal International:

“You have been (well) informed because it is correct.

“Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed (in March) to manage Feyenoord.

“So it was not an option right away.

“I am a man of my word.

“It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”



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Premier League form table ahead of Newcastle v Wolves – Not great reading

The Premier League form table ahead of Newcastle United taking on Wolves.

It seems an awful lot longer than three months ago when Newcastle lined up against Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

NUFC were hammered 4-0 in that pre-season tournament in the week that Steve Bruce was appointed.



After the defeat at Chelsea, Newcastle are 18th in this Premier League form table.

This six game run having one win, two draws and three defeats.

Indeed, the Premier League form table exactly copies the full PL table at the bottom, with only Watford and Norwich worse off than Newcastle.

As for Wolves, they stand eleventh in the Premier League form table, with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

However, that only tells part of the story.

Possibly affected by the number of Europa League qualifying games they had to play, Wolves made a terrible start to the season, losing two and drawing three of their first five Premier League games.

However, they have then won two and drawn two, including that victory at Man City in their last away game.

Indeed in all competitions, Wolves are unbeaten in six, winning four and drawing two.




Steve Bruce will be hoping that the away Europa League game in Bratislava will negatively affect Wolves, as they now look like a team back on the up, whilst Newcastle continue their struggle for both points and goals.

A massive game on Sunday for Newcastle, as the other teams in the bottom five all have home games where they look as though they could pick up points.

Here is the Premier League form table which covers the past six matches for all teams:

Wolves’ last six results with latest one listed first:

Wolves 1 Southampton 1

Man City 0 Wolves 2

Wolves 2 Watford 0

Crystal Palace 1 Wolves 1

Wolves 2 Chelsea 5

Everton 3 Wolves 2



Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first:

Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0

Leicester 5 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0

Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1

Newcastle 1 Watford 1



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‘Supporting Newcastle United is like being a Brexiteer…’

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Supporting Newcastle United is like being a Brexiteer, in that we know what we want…

We have bought our tickets. Dressed in our colours.

Voted (with our feet and money) and are committed to our team. Gone to games home and away.



All based on the pre-season bravado statements with the club saying all is changing for the good.

That we are moving forward.

That our new manager will promote attacking football and the hierarchy endorse this new direction of travel.

Well folks, surprise surprise.

What has been served up is indeed not the same old rubbish.

Oh no, we have now instead found a completely new offering of trash – look at the league table, it does not lie – but even more revealing, just look at our performances .

According to Steve Bruce we were robbed of a result at Chelsea because the officials missed a foul.

Get real – was he watching the same game as everyone else? We were shocking and with possession at some 28%, even when we got the ball we were about as exciting as spent fart.

No skill, no flair, no flamboyance, no speed, no cohesion , and certainly no attacking plan, with an average of less than 30% possession you need all of these accessories in your armoury to be able to counter-attack effectively but we appear to have none.



Having said all that, I do feel sorry for Miguel Almiron, who tried his heart out playing to Steve Bruce’s plan.

However, saddled with a playing partner who at £40m is only possibly equal to the now departed Joselu, gives you an idea of the scale of his problems. Joelinton is slow to think, act and move, with a ponderous first touch just awful to watch, in fact woeful to watch.

Also, why on earth are we playing Andy Carroll who is slower than a snail and whose only skill is to head the ball? Which is great if you have support players and a plan to put pinpoint crosses into the penalty area – we have neither sadly and his substitution for Almiron cost us a point.

Unfortunately, it has to be said that Newcastle United are the most boring team in the Premier League.

The football dross played out before us is inept in its perception and execution, with maybe half of the Newcastle United squad way below Premier League standard – sadly, I also include our manager.

Hidden amongst this football morass we do have some jewels  – the Longstaff boys, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Dummet and Dubravka, to name but a few. However, our future depends on these gems being used in a more enterprising and entertaining way, let’s all hope it happens soon.



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Newcastle United send scouts to watch Aaron Hickey – Report

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News on Tuesday morning that Newcastle United are watching Aaron Hickey.

Despite only turning 17 this summer, the defender is a regular now for Hearts.

He has already made 16 first team appearances and indeed made three of those as a 16 year old, including playing the full 90 minutes of the Scottish FA Cup Final in May, Hearts taking the lead but eventually losing 2-1 to Celtic.



The young defender can play in both full-back positions and not surprisingly is attracting attention from a number of clubs, not just Newcastle.

The Scottish Sun report that Newcastle United were one of seven clubs watching Aaron Hickey on Sunday, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Norwich, Villa and Palace all represented at the game.

Hearts getting a 1-1 draw with leaders Rangers and Aaron Hickey turning in another impressive 90 minutes. Manchester City have also been credited with interest.

Crystal Palace were also reported to have been at Tynecastle to watch Alfredo Morelos, the 23 year old Colombian having now made 61 league starts and scoring 38 goals, including the equaliser on Sunday.

Whether Newcastle were also having a look at the striker is unknown but with a feeble five Premier League goals, they desperately need to find some more from somebody/somewhere.

There has been renewed speculation that Dwight Gayle could potentially be sold in January as he is yet to start a game this season, which could potentially free up some money to bring a goalscorer in.

Newcastle of course also have the option of going down the loan route, with still two options to bring in Premier League players on loan in January, as well as of course from abroad.



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Jaap Stam reveals Mike Ashley offered him Newcastle United job 4 months before Rafa Benitez left

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An interesting new interview with Jaap Stam over in Holland.

The former Manchester United player is currently manager of Feyenoord, who aren’t doing that great.

They finished third in the Dutch league last season and after taking over this summer, they are currently on tenth.



However, Jaap Stam says that he might not have ended up there at all.

The one-time Reading boss took over at Dutch minnow PEC Zwolle in December (2018) but only a few months later was approached by Feyenoord, Jaap Stam agreeing a two year contract with Feyenoord which would start on 1 June 2019, after he had seen out the season witjh PEC Zwolle.

Jaap Stam though has revealed that only a few days after agreeing that deal with Feyenoord, he was approached to take the job at Newcastle.

Mike Ashley and his people said to have offered the former Dutch international the NUFC job when Rafa Benitez still had almost four mnths of his contract remaining.

At a time when supposedly Mike Ashley was doing everything he could to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay…

This very much fits in with the belief of most fans that Ashley had no intention at all of trying to retain the top class manager.

Instead looking around for somebody who was desperate enough to take the NUFC job on the understanding they would have no real power, apart from training and picking  the team.

It as been widely reported that Steve Bruce got the job only after a whole host of other people turned Mike Ashley down, so now it appears we can add Jaap Stam to that list.



Certainly having been sacked at Reading after a run of only one win in 18 league matches (20th in the Championship in March 2018) and ending up at PEC Zwolle, you could well imagine that Jaap Stam would have fit that ‘desperate’ description and willing to accept Ashley’s terms.

Jaap Stam speaking to Voetbal International:

“You have been (well) informed because it is correct.

“Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed (in March) to manage Feyenoord.

“So it was not an option right away.

“I am a man of my word.

“It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”



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Wolves fans comments ahead of Sunday got me a bit emotional – Reminds us how great Newcastle is

Wolves fans have been looking ahead to Sunday.

They have an away trip in Slovakia first on Thursday but the visitors already looking beyond that.

Some great comments after one supporter asked his fellow Wolves fans for advice ahead of his first visit to Newcastle



Reading the comments got me quite emotional…

Whilst it is so depressing that we are now in the 13th year of Mike Ashley and no signs at all of him finally trying to genuinely sell the club.

You do sometimes forget just how lucky we are in other ways.

Away fans just love coming to Newcastle and to hear outsiders talk so positively about our city and the people (and the pubs!), is a big deal (Though a couple of them do seem to have a bit of an outdated idea of what The Strawberry is like!).

I think Newcastle fans who haven’t travelled around much, especially to away matches, have no idea just how great Newcastle United/Newcastle Upon Tyne is for an away trip, compared to almost every other club/city.

The location of course plays a massive part and as a recent report showed, the city centre spot means that within half a mile of St James Park you have a choice of 108 pubs (174 within a mile). Ironically, Wolves is the next highest of the 92 clubs but they only have 32 pubs within half a mile of Molineux, 76 less than at Newcastle.

It isn’t just the number of pubs, when you travel away you often find that away fans aren’t even welcome in any/many of the pubs, a truly alien concept these days in Newcastle city centre.



Wolves fans commenting via their Molineux Mix message board:

‘Just wondered if anyone who has been up to Newcastle in recent years, can recommend or advise what are the common pubs designated for away fans?

I’ve looked on some of the away fan guides, there does seem to be a few options, some say cover up colours and some do not admit children.

I’m going up with the family, my boys are 15 and 11, so looking for ones that let the kids in.

Looking forward to a weekend up at the Toon.’

‘As long as you are sensible you are spoilt for choice really, lots of them.

Can’t remember where we went last year but it was literally 4-5 minute walk to the away end.’

‘Four spoons in the town centre. Most are ok, some more colourful than others.

Bridge hotel great pub, crown posada another good pub

There’s loads, too many to list, most are busy on match day.

I can’t think of a pub to stay away from really.’

‘We got in everywhere last season no problem.

Didn’t see any home fans only signs in the numerous establishments we frequented.

Great city! Shame I’m not going this season.’

‘In colours last season and we got in everywhere. Proper friendly people.

There is a home pub next to the ground and we went in there, with colours on. Got a few dodgy looks but was having banter with the locals and no issues.

Newcastle away IMO is the best away day of the season… Can’t wait.

We are going up on Saturday so will have a few drinks Saturday night….’

‘I think generally apart from the Strawberry you can get into any pub.

There’s a few little side streets just off from the Train Station that would be best avoided just in case.’



‘The union rooms in town was decent, had staropramen on draught

Trying to be posh though cos there is a restaurant next door and they didnt like us chanting.’

‘One of my favourite away days.

Geordies are a good bunch.’

‘Looking forward to this.

Mate is driving us up.

5.30 am start should get there for 9 am. Brekkie then sesh.’

‘Shark Sports Bar which is part of the Sandman Signature Hotel.

Very close to the away end and it’s a belter, loads of tv’s, massive bar and table service by not unattractive ladies!:)

We will be in there before the game but staying over on the Saturday night – agree with previous comments that it’s a great city and my favourite away day!’

‘Right next to the ground is the Strawberry – personally I wouldn’t go in there match days unless you were wearing stripes & can speak fluent Geordie.

I remember sitting in there when it was a lot rougher with the VIZ writers looking for ideas back at the start of the ’80s.’

Just out of interest, what are your favourite away trips for the people and pubs etc?

I think Fulham is probably top of my list, or Liverpool if I’m stopping over – though not many pubs near Anfield so best to drink in city centre and  get a taxi.




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