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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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Metro penalty fare rise from £20 to £100 supported by public, Nexus survey finds



The penalty for fare evasion on the Tyne and Wear Metro has now increased to £100, with commuters largely supporting the change.

But despite the steep increase in the penalty fee, a survey conducted by Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, found that 72% of people supported the increase. And 88% of people surveyed said that other passengers were the ones who were the real victims of ticketless Metro travel.

The survey, conducted through Nexus’ customer insight panel revealed that respondents regard fared evasion as seriously as handling stolen goods, tax evasion or weighing a cheaper item at a self-serve check-out.

It increased penalty fare comes after The Department for Transport (DfT) decided to raise the penalty for rail fare evasion in England and Wales as part of a new effort to crackdown on fare evasion across Britain’s railways. Metro is part of the Government’s national penalty fare regime, so it is included in the change.

Fare evasion on Metro costs Nexus £1m a year in lost revenue on what is a vital public service which does not make any profit.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The penalty for fare evasion on Metro has gone up to £100 from today and this is something that the overwhelming majority of our customers support.

“This is the first change since 2005 and reflects feedback from customers who want to see a strong deterrent against fraud. Anyone who is issued with a £100 penalty fare will pay £50 if it is paid with 21 days of it being issued.

“The Government consulted the whole rail industry and Nexus was among those keen to see an increase. Our customers tell us they want tougher penalties for those who decide not to pay their fare.

“The simple message for Metro customers is to buy a ticket every time you travel, that is a lot more affordable than risking the £100 fine.

“It’s never been easier to pay for Metro travel with a Pop Pay As You Go card and Android’s Google Pay. One in four customers are now accessing Metro this way and getting the lowest fares we have on offer.”

The penalty for Metro fare evasion, which is always set by the Government, has been £20 since May 2005.

If paid within 21 days, however, the £100 penalty is reduced to £50. But anyone who fails to pay the penalty fare will be taken to court, where a conviction results in much steeper fines.

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‘Sex party’ in Newcastle cathedral under investigation by Vatican



St Mary’s Cathedral Newcastle upon Tyne

Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral alleged to have invited worshippers to his living quarters during lockdown.

The Vatican is investigating rumours of a “sex party” at a British cathedral which is alleged to have happened during lockdown.

As part of an investigation into the circumstances of Robert Byrne’s resignation as the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the Catholic church is looking into claims one of his priests invited worshippers to a private party at his lodgings.

Multiple people are said to have complained that Father Michael McCoy, dean of Newcastle Cathedral, approached them to attend a party at a time when gatherings were not permitted.

A diocese source told the Sunday Times said: “A number of complaints were made by individuals within the diocese after information came to light about a sex party taking place in the priests’ living quarters attached to Newcastle Cathedral.”

McCoy, 57, killed himself in April 2021 four days after finding out he was subject to an investigation by Northumbria police’s child and adult protection department for child sexual abuse.

He had been appointed by Byrne in 2019, replacing the popular Father Dermott Donnelly, the older brother of TV presenter Declan Donnelly. Father Donnelly has since died after an illness in July 2022.

While there is no suggestion Byrne attended the party, he resigned as bishop in December, telling worshippers his office “has become too great a burden”.

In a letter to clergy, which he read in St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, he said: “My own discernment has caused me to recognise that I now feel unable to continue serving the people of the diocese in the way that I would wish.”

He was appointed in 2019, after previously serving as an auxiliary in the archdiocese of Birmingham and as provost of the Oxford Oratory from 1993 to 2011.

In a letter seen by the Sunday Times, the archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon who is running the diocese until Byrne’s successor is appointed and is leading the investigation into his resignation, said he has been asked by the pope’s advisers to prepare “an in-depth report into the events leading up to Bishop Byrne’s resignation”.

The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) last week began an “unscheduled safeguarding audit” at the diocese.

Steve Ashley, the CSSA chief executive officer said the body was independent and had “full autonomy”. He said: “The scope of the investigatory work will cover any reported abuses, alleged abuses, safeguarding concerns and the culture of safeguarding in the diocese as a whole.”

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ITV to Launch Love Island For Middle-Aged Single Parents



Casting is open for the dating show, in which contestants will be nominated by their adult children

ITV has begun casting for a dating show for single parents. The contestants on The Romance Retreat will be nominated by their adult children to search for love at a Love Island-style villa.

“This is the only dating show where single parents can search for love, by spending time in a luxury retreat, where all the parents have been nominated by their grownup children,” reads the casting call.

A take on Love Island, which is a hit among gen Z viewers, for older contestants has been rumoured for months. In January, Davina McCall told Stephen Bartlett’s podcast, The Diary of a CEO, that she had pitched the idea to ITV.

“I could fill a villa in Love Island with middle-aged people with the best back stories you have ever heard in your life,” she said.

“They’ve lived a life – they’re widows, they’re people who have been through horrific divorces. They are people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try going out with somebody the same sex as them. They’re like interesting people. I’d watch that show.”

According to the presenter, ITV responded to her request to host a show of that style with: “We’re looking at something else that’s quite similar, we might consider you for that”.

The current series of Love Island began on Monday, with a stricter set of rules in place to protect contestants’ wellbeing. Participants’ social media accounts must now remain unused while they are in the villa, rather than be operated on their behalf. It follows contestants’ families – who often run their accounts during the show – appealing for kinder comments from viewers.

This is the first series to be hosted by Maya Jama, after Laura Whitmore stepped down in August.

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