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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.

antonio conte: facebook

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.

roberto martinez: football espana

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.

steven gerrard: instagram

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.

zinedine zidane : instagram

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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Seaburn and Roker Beaches Named Best Beaches in the Country in 2022



Sunderland’s beaches have been named among the best in the country for the 11th year running.

Seaburn and Roker were both named as winners of the Seaside Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The pair were once again handed Blue Flags, marking them out for their for their excellent water quality, cleanliness and attempts to constantly improve visitor amenities.

The Blue Flag awards, now in their 35th year, are issued by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and act as ‘a quality mark so visitors can be sure the beaches boast top-notch facilities and meet the highest environmental standards’.

Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It is fantastic to see Sunderland’s beautiful beaches once again awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

“Flying these flags at Roker and Seaburn shows everyone who visits that our seafront has excellent quality bathing water and first-class facilities.

“We’re very lucky to have fantastic beaches with beautiful, clean water to swim and bathe in, and this national recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in keeping our beaches clean, tidy and well-maintained.”

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Family’s bid to bring home body of Gateshead lad who drowned while rescuing his dog in Spain



Paul Lebihan, from Leam Lane, who has been living in Spain, was pulled from a river near Benidorm by ambulance crews on Monday.

A Gateshead family is appealing for help to bring an ‘amazing, selfless’ 25-year-old home, after he drowned in Spain while rescuing his dog from a river.

Paul Lebihan, from Leam Lane, died on Monday after getting into trouble in the Bolulla River, near Benidorm, after successfully freeing the dog from the current. Now his family has launched a fundraising appeal to help bring Paul’s body back home and give him the memorial he deserves.

Paul’s cousin, Kallym Bell, launched a GoFundMe page in support of Paul’s parents, Deborah and Paul Snr. In less than 24 hours the page had already raised over £7,000, with hundreds of people leaving comments paying tribute to ‘one of nicest men you could ever meet’.

Keen amateur boxer Paul was well known by many people across the Leam Lane Estate, and beloved by colleagues from the several years he spent working in the navy. Kallym, 19, called Paul: “An amazing, selfless man with a heart of gold, always the biggest laugh and the very best to be around.”

Donations can be made to help bring Paul home at:

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Disabled Teen Denied Wetherspoon’s Entry With Assistance Dog



A disabled teenager said he felt ‘absolutely humiliated’ after he was refused entry to a Wetherspoons with his assistance dog. 19 year old River Cartledge, who has autism, fibromyalgia and arthritis – takes his assistance dog Chico most places with him.

Video footage below from Instagram shows him pleading with security guards and the manager of The Five Swans in Newcastle to let him inside the pub with his harnessed up Shih Tzu on Saturday night.

River said: “Their issue was the fact he was an assistance dog, and not a guide dog.

“I quoted the Equality Act 2010, and the guide for all businesses, both of which any business that’s open to the public like any Wetherspoons is, have to abide by legally, regardless of any “policy” they may have in place,” he added.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits service providers, including taxis and restaurants, from discriminating against those who need an assistance dog with them. It also requires service providers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled customers.

River claimed he had a ‘severe meltdown and panic attack’ after the interaction. ‘I have never had an experience like this and it caused me to have a medical episode.’

Chico has belonged to River for eight years and was trained as an assistance dog two years ago. River said: “Assistance dog handlers such as myself get denied in public places more often than it’s talked about, and it always makes us feel like this, and like we’re the ones causing problems for ourselves by needing a dog, when in reality it’s the ableism and ignorance of other people, not the disabled person.”

He also added “‘I was straight up told that they only allowed seeing eye dogs and they didn’t allow assistance dogs, because of their “policy”.

According to Guide Dogs UK ‘75% of all assistance dog owners surveyed [in 2015] said they had been refused access to a service at some point because they had an assistance dog with them’. 

Five Swans: sign saying they allow assistance dogs *face palm*

Wetherspoons’ policy states: “We do allow registered assistance dogs.

“In these circumstances, and to avoid any confusion or unnecessary upset, ensure that your dog is wearing its recognisable leash/collar or harness. 

“It would also be helpful if you could bring along suitable documentation to explain your dog’s purpose.”

River said he had ID from Assistance Dogs UK, a certification body, with him but was unable to show it at the time. Chico was however wearing a harness.

Following the complaint to the pub chain, Wetherspoon’s spokesperson Eddie Gershon said: “It was an error not to let them in with the assistance dog.

“It was a genuine error and we apologise wholeheartedly.

“We can understand the fact they would have been upset and frustrated by the situation.

“Assistance dogs are allowed into Wetherspoon pubs and we will reiterate this to staff at the pub and the company’s pubs in general.

“They are more than welcome to visit the pub with the dog.”

Good dog Chico. Check out River and Chico’s adventures here!

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