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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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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme



Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.

The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.

Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.

Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.

Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.

This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.

The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.

Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.

There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.

This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.

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Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday



Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.


Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.


Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”


In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.


Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.


The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.


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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held



Newcastle Gateshead Foodbank

Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.


In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.


It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.


The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.


They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”


The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?

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