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Next Newcastle Manager Odds: Conte and Martinez Amongst Those to Replace Bruce



Bookmakers consider Conte and Martinez the favourites following Newcastle’s takeover. Bruce’s position has been under scrutiny for sometime and with the takeover going through Bruce’s departure looks set.

Newcastle have had a winless start to the season, the Magpies sit 19th during the time of the takeover. Bruce is set for a meeting with the new owners, and admitted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he could be denied the chance to oversee his 1,000th match in management against Tottenham on October 17. With new horizons awaiting the club, fans are excited for the pending investment from the new owners. Ideally, with Newcastle becoming the richest club in the world with a net worth of £340 billion, Amanda Staevley and co are going to want to recruit to take the club in their own direction.

SkyBet currently have former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the favourite to start the new era at Newcastle.

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Sky have Conte as the favourite at 9/2. Known for playing an attacking style of play with the use of wing-backs, getting forward to join the attack is something that would work well with the current set of players as Newcastle look to survive in the Premier League.

Just behind Conte at 3/1 on Bet365  is Roberto Martinez, the current Belgium manager has been out of club management for 5 years and could be tempted back in with the royalties Newcastle can now offer. Martinez is no stranger to the Premier League after having spells with Wigan, where he won the 2013 FA cup against Manchester City and Everton. Known for playing a freeflow attacking football style, it is definitely something that will be a welcome change at St James Park.

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At 6/1 on SkyBet is current Rangers manager and Liverpool club legend, Steven Gerrard. Gerrard who took over Rangers in 2018 has led them to their first league title in 11 years. As well as this he has managed to help establish Rangers as one of Scotland’s biggest teams again after embarking on European adventures, and challenging for the League year in and year out.

It is thought Gerrards most likely destination would be Liverpool when Jurgen Klopp finally steps down from his post, however with the investment and potential of coming to manage in the Premier League maybe he will end up in the St James dugout. With assurances of the war chest Newcastle now have, Gerrard will be able to build a team in his image to match his style of competitive yet attacking football.

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Former Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe has been linked with Newcastle season after season. Howe is a highly rated young English manager who found success with Bournemouth until they were relegated in the 2019/2020 season.

Often thought as the type of manager you would want in charge when it comes to building a project, Howe is a manager who can work within the budget, identify a player for certain roles but also bring in youth players, something which he did during his tenure at Bournemouth. Howe often invested in young talent in the likes such as Jordan Ibe and Dominic Solanke, something that will be welcome at Newcastle. SkyBet have Howe as 8/1 to land the job on a permanent basis.

Finally, there is ex Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane. SkyBet have Zidane in at 10/1. Zidane’s only venture into first team management was with Real Madrid where he won the Champions League 3 years in a row, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 & 2017-2018.

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Tactically, Zidanes teams have let him play a free-flow style of attacking football, something that would not come straight away at Newcastle until a transfer window opens in which the manager can make their mark. Definitely a suggestion to get Newcastle fans excited, but perhaps early days.

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Beth Mead left out of England Women’s World Cup squad



Euro 2022 top goal scorer Beth Mead is not included in England Women’s World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old Arsenal forward has not played since November having been a major doubt for the competition.

This comes after an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she still has not fully recovered from.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad for this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer’s Euro competition is included.

Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad.

Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.

Wiegman went on to say she never thought Beth Mead would be fit in time for the tournament, saying: “She’s so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup

“I’m not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players.”

England play Haiti in their opening match on 22nd July in Australia where they look to build on their success following Euro 2022.

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Plans for STACK Whitley Bay unveiled for former Empress Ballroom



A landmark Tyneside venue is set for a new lease of life as a STACK drinking and dining destination if new planning proposals are given the green light.

Newcastle leisure company Danieli Group has submitted plans to create a new STACK development in the former Empress Ballroom in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, which was originally part of the town’s Spanish City. If successful, the business hopes to return the 113-year-old building to its former position at the forefront of the seaside town’s entertainment scene.

Built in 1910, the Empress Ballroom regularly hosted more than 750 dancers before going on to become the Carlton Club bingo hall. It has lain empty for some time and fallen into disrepair – yet the Stack submission would deliver a new future for the building while also injecting a boost to the local economy.

Plans by current owner Mark Holmes to transform it into a leisure and community venue were delayed by Covid and now, although planning permission for a leisure venue is in place, Danieli Group has applied for a variation of the plans to create Stack Whitley Bay. The plans, to be submitted this week, include the creation of an external roof terrace together with the premises licence application. If successful the hope is to continue along the same route as other successful STACK sites, with the inclusion of a stage for live entertainment and space for street food and drink outlets.

Neill Winch, CEO of the Danieli Group, believes STACK would be a great addition to the town. He said: “Not only will it bring a new dimension to the existing leisure offering but, subject to planning and licensing, it will bring an underutilised building – and much-loved heritage asset – back into use. We are delighted to hopefully be able to continue to build STACK’s strong presence in the North East with this new and exciting venture.”

Owner Mark Holmes added: “When we bought the Empress Ballroom, we had a vision for the magnificent venue, it’s really a hidden treasure in the Spanish City. Our plans were good, but now Neill Winch and STACK have turbo charged these plans and I am convinced they will deliver the quality venue that will benefit Whitley Bay, residents, and the whole community.”

If the application is successful, Whitley Bay will become the latest in a fast-growing portfolio of STACKS being created in the North East and beyond. A year after the closure of its original STACK Newcastle on the site of the former Odeon Cinema, Seaburn in Sunderland continues to go from strength to strength, while developments in Durham, Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle and a new site in Newcastle city centre are also being created.

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Eamonn Holmes claims ITV were involved in ‘total cover-up’ over Phillip Schofield scandal



Eamonn Holmes claims ITV were involved in ‘total cover-up’ over Phillip Schofield scandal

Eamonn Holmes claims there was a ‘total cover-up’ on ITV’s This Morning show over Phillip Schofield’s affair with a younger male colleague.

The 63-year-old presenter has accused Schofield of ‘toxicity’ amid the furore over the culture of the programme.

Holmes spoke about Schofield’s affair on GB News and alleged that “those in authority” had to have known what was going on. He said: “It’s a total cover-up. Those in authority had to know what was going on and they thought they could dodge a bullet with this.

“Which they do, and they do constantly, because with Schofield talking about those who speak about against him, namely me, Amanda Holden, and you (Dan Wooton), you’ll be included in the toxicity that goes on. Dr Ranj, of course, as well. And you simply sit there and think ‘No mate, you’ve had it all your way for too long’.”

Phillip Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV on Friday (26th May) and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair.

Following this revelation, some former This Morning employees have spoken out in criticism of the culture of the broadcaster.

Dr Ranj Singh who was the resident doctor on the show for some time slammed the show’s “toxic” culture, saying he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago whilst working there and says he felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.

In an Instagram post, Schofield hit back at the critics saying that there was “no toxicity” on This Morning, adding: “I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.”

Referring to Schofield’s comments in an interview with Dan Wooton on GB News on Monday (29th May), Holmes accused Schofield of “toxicity”. He said: “I think that Phillip is absolutely right about the toxicity. But my friend, the toxicity is not with me, Dan Wooton, or anyone else, the toxicity is with you”.

He said that Schofield “created an atmosphere” on This Morning “where people hated him”, adding: “This nonsense that he wrote today about toxicity, about how (This Morning) is a happy place or whatever, holy god, what planet does this man live on?”

“He created an atmosphere where people hated him. People would avoid him in the corridor. He didn’t look at anybody, didn’t know anybody’s name. Holly doesn’t know people’s names either. This is legendary within the production team, how distant they are, and how they just don’t care.”

Asked after a trailer for Holmes’ GB News interview had aired but before it had been played in full at around 10:30pm, a spokesperson for Schofield said: “Phillip has no comment”.

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