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Predicted Newcastle Starting XI: Following the January Transfer Window



The first transfer window with Newcastle’s newfound wealth is nearly up and as expected there are changes to the team. Early additions to the team saw Kieran Tripper join from Atletico Madrid and Chris Wood from Burnley respectively. The rumours have been circulating for months on the potential signings as Newcastle are ranked now as the richest club in the world.

The January window is notoriously a difficult window to begin with, however the club is still working towards getting deals over the line to help bolsters the Magpies chance of Premier League survival.

Whether or not the deals go through, that is yet to be seen however, we are going to look at how Newcastle could line up if the rumoured signings are made by the end of the window as Eddie Howe looks to rebuild under Newcastle’s Saudi-led regime.

Martin Dúbravka:

The Slovakian joined Newcastle in 2018, making an immediate impact and becoming a favourite amongst fans. Since then, he has been in and out of the team with injuries however under Howe he has established himself as first choice goalkeeper. Dúbravka, has made some crucial saves for Newcastle and will certainly be an important player on the run up to the end of the season.

Kieran Tripper:

The first signing of the new era at Newcastle United, brought in from Atletico Madrid for 12.5 million. The former Tottenham and Burnley defender made the move to Spain in 2019 and won the league title in his tenure there, a player who Diego Simeone changed his formation to accommodate Trippier due to his attacking traits.

Trippiers crossing ability is rated highly as well as his attacking style of play something that Newcastle need desperately as they look to score more goals as they aim for Premier League Survival.

Dan Burn:

The Brighton defender is originally from Blyth, so a homecoming of sorts is potentially on the cards for the 6’4 defender. He’s played left back effectively for Brighton over the last two seasons however his height and ball playing abilities will bolster the Newcastle defence.

James Tarkowski:

The Burnley centre-half is currently in the last 6 months of his deal leaving Burnley is a situation in which they can face losing him for free at the end of the season or they can attempt to cash in on him in the January transfer window. Tarkowski has played in the premier league for several years and will certainly offer Newcastle a different option at the back however the situation is in Burnley’s control.

Mitchel Bakker:

An impressive CV already for the full back already playing for Ajax, PSG and now Bayer Leverkusen which has led to the interest from Eddie Howe to bring in the aggressive attacking full back, something that would help carry the ball further up the pitch for the team. The dutchman could be a starter in Howe’s team for years to come.

Bruno Guimarães:

In a deal that’s been rumoured for a few days now, it all seems eventually close to being complete.  Guimarães, currently plays for Lyon but is seemingly on his way to Tyneside in excess of 33 million and add-ons. The Midfielder is also a Brazilian international and will already have links to Joelinton, who we can see link up in the middle of the park.

On average, Guimarães covers around 13.5km per game, which will add an extra intensity to the midfield and the team overall as Newcastle look to push on in their efforts to survive the drop.


The 40-million-pound man hadn’t had the best first few years of Tyneside under Steve Bruce, failing to score goals and to make an impact. The attributes of Joelintons game such as his physicality have always been there. With Howe’s arrival, Joelinton looks transformed in his new box-to-box role seeing bits of flair, fantastic technique and getting himself in more goal scoring positions. For sure, a fan favourite.

Ryan Fraser:

The Scottish International is no stranger to Eddie Howe, the pair enjoyed success at Bournemouth a few years ago. As the pandemic started, Fraser didn’t sign a short extension and left Bournemouth while they were fighting for Premier League survival. When Howe took the reigns at Newcastle in November, Fraser’s future was immediately cast into doubt. Since then, Fraser has featured in most starting XI’s and has proved to be one of the hardest workers in the team, something Newcastle need in their attempt to fight the drop.

Jonjo Shelvey:

A player who in his time with Newcastle has divided opinions in his time at the club but is one of the most talented players in the current Newcastle squad. Since Eddie Howe’s arrival, Shelvey has looked like a different player, covering more ground, defending more, and providing goals for the team. As it stands, Shelvey has 18 months left on his current deal and will certainly continue to make his mark on his place in the starting XI.

Allan Saint-Maximin:

He is Newcastle’s entertainer, the energetic winger is a fan favourite on Tyneside. Whenever he gets the ball, there is gasp in the stadium as there is excitement amongst the crowd on what they will see. With improvements in the team, it can only boost ASM.

Chris Wood:

Signed from relegation rivals Burnley for 25 million, the New Zealand international has been involved in Newcastle’s last two fixtures against Watford and Leeds, making his presence known up the top of the pitch. With the service off the wide players such as ASM and Fraser, the goals should start coming for Wood.


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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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