FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why it is now imperative Mike Ashley departs Newcastle as soon as possible

FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why it is now imperative Mike Ashley departs Newcastle as soon as possible

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Mike Ashley is the epitome of the Premier League’s ‘devil you know’. Everyone and their mother, irrespective of which club you support, knows of the Sports Direct magnate’s reign at the helm of St. James’ Park and the turmoil which has ensued alongside it.

Times have been tough on Tyneside plenty before, but under Steve Bruce the Magpies finally seem broken beyond immediate repair. On the pitch, those in black and white look lost and with no chance of finding clarity wherever they look, while off the field there is little to be excited about for supporters.

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MATCH REPORT: Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United – Woeful Magpies turned over by Leicester in worrying defeat

MATCH REPORT: Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United – Woeful Magpies turned over by Leicester in worrying defeat

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Abysmal. Embarrassing. Clueless. All could be fitting descriptions of a horror show performance by Newcastle United away at the King Power Stadium.

Steve Bruce refused to admit postgame that his side threw in the towel, but admitted there was a surrender of sorts to opponents Leicester. The Magpies lacked any creativity or attacking intent throughout the match, while at the back they remained all at sea.

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FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why Henri Saivet has become an expensive forgotten man at Newcastle

FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why Henri Saivet has become an expensive forgotten man at Newcastle

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #3

Henri Saivet is something of a conundrum as a footballer at Newcastle United. A late relic of the Magpies’ French Revolution, whereby scout Graham Carr utilised his extensive contacts in the European nation to bring a host of French talent over the Channel, with some working out brilliantly and many falling by the wayside.

Once such star was Saivet, who was brought in towards the end of Carr’s tenure at the head of Newcastle’s recruitment and scouting network, and despite doubts from the then management of Steve McClaren, signed from Bordeaux for a hefty reported fee of £5m.

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FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why latest Newcastle United takeover saga offers little to be excited about

FOOTBALL THOUGHT BUBBLE: Why latest Newcastle United takeover saga offers little to be excited about

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #2

The prospect of Newcastle United being taken over by new ownership and finally expelling Mike Ashley from St. James’ Park is a thought that excites any Magpies supporter. Yet, news of a new potential takeover involving familiar face Peter Kenyon and American outfit GACP Sports offers little to excite the Geordie faithful.

The reason for that is the emergence of this supposed fresh interest is almost laughably formulaic and predictable in its timing. Every year for the past three seasons now, a new takeover seems to emerge around the beginnings of October.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Olivier Kemen

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Olivier Kemen

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #1

Olivier Kemen may not be a name too familiar to many football fans outside of France, but the Frenchman did spend time at Premier League side Newcastle United as a youngster.

The 23-year-old midfielder spent two years from 2013 to 2015 on Tyneside, with his future promise lauded at the time.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mehdi Abeid

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mehdi Abeid

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Mehdi Abeid is another former Tyneside young prospect, having joined in 2011 from Lens, who never quite reached the heights he was once predicted.

The Algerian international spent four years at St. James’ Park, managing just 13 senior league appearances for the club. In that time, he also spent time out on loan at St. Johnstone in Scotland and at Greek side Panathinaikos.

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With Perez hinting at a move away and Rondon’s future still uncertain, Newcastle could be back to square one next season

With Perez hinting at a move away and Rondon’s future still uncertain, Newcastle could be back to square one next season

Since the signing of Miguel Almiron, Newcastle have improved massively on what has been their biggest glaring issue in the past few seasons; attack. Together with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, they’ve brought life back to the black and white attack – but that may not be the case for much longer.

Rondon joined Newcastle as a loan signing from West Brom and, after a shaky first few games, has become the physical, out-and-out number nine that the Magpies have been crying out for in recent times.

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