English Premier League 2018/19


#2567

Brighton have not wasted any time in parting ways with Chris Houghton.


#2568

ESPN is the worst.


#2569

Underwhelming Final.


#2570

How did everyones predictions turn out? Anyone able to gloat?


#2571

I predicted the Arsenal would finish 6th - and they finished 5th!

Can’t say I’m overly thrilled with that.


#2572

Picked that we wouldn’t win the title.


#2573

Not heaps I got the top 3 in order, mixed Arsenal and Chelskum up. I sort of got 1/3 right for the golden boot (Auba).

Bolter team I picked as Fulham and well that was not so good a prediction. Bolter player Keita, who I think was pretty quiet but started to come home pretty well.


#2574

Looks like Rashford will sign a new contract at Man Utd on £300K a week. You have got to be kidding, he’s nothing more than the Manc Milan Baros!


#2575

To be completely fair Rashford and Pogba did turn it on for about 10 games to get Ole the permanent job. Makes sense they would reward him with a big fat contract.


#2576

Man United look like signing Daniel James for Swansea?

Who is that?


#2577

Your new best player.


#2578

Newcastle United may have finally been sold. Apprently to the cousin of man city owner.

Been a NUFC supporter for 25 years so wary of headlines like this but seems legit. Rafa with some support behind him is exciting! Can’t wait to get of the fat ■■■■■■■ Ashley!

Sensational reports claim Newcastle United has been sold to Manchester City owner’s cousin

Newcastle United has reportedly been sold to a Dubai billionaire

Mike Ashley has agreed to sell Newcastle for £350million (A$652m) to the cousin of Manchester City’s Arab owner Sheikh Mansour.

The Sun reports contracts have been signed and submitted to the Premier League between Ashley and Dubai-based billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan.

He is a senior member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and last year failed in a £2billion takeover of Liverpool.

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Mike Ashley has reportedly sold Newcastle United

Newcastle had been subject to previous but unsuccessful takeover attempts from the likes of Amanda Staveley and Peter Kenyon.

But Ashley has now decided to end his 12 years in control on Tyneside.

One of the Sheikh’s first jobs will be to tie down manager Rafa Benitez to a new contract.

He is ready to provide funds to bolster a limited squad that has done well to stay in the Premier League after years of underinvestment under Ashley.

Ashley first put the club up for sale in 2008 after Kevin Keegan walked away after a bust-up about transfers – which was the first of three times he tried to get rid of the club.

And the Newcastle owner missed the chance to potentially sell to Sheikh Mansour after refusing to meet him in 2008 before he took over at Manchester City.

It appears Ashley is not allowing lightning to strike twice now with his cousin’s group.

Shaikh Khaled, 61, is president of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation but has always had a keen interest in football and loves the Premier League.

Newcastle United celebrate scoring a goal

He is founder of the Bin Zayed Group - a leading group of businesses with diverse interests in the local and international markets.

The Bin Zayed Group’s key activities comprise four business fields: construction and energy, trading and industry, real estate, technology and financial services.

Newcastle fans are desperate for success – having not won a major trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969.

Ashley has had a toxic relationship with the fans – and angered them not just with his lack of funds for new signings but renaming St James’ Park, the Sports Direct Stadium, after his sportswear company.


#2579

Massive if true. I can see Newcastle really jumping up the table in the next 4-5 years with the right investment. Would also prevent Rafa from leaving.


#2580

:joy::joy:


#2581

Meanwhile at Liverpool, Jurgen taking the ■■■■ out of his own players!!


#2582

It’s bigger than massive. A majority of the other oil takeovers where at clubs that represented value for investment (PSG as an example) due to their location and current supporter base.

Newcastle is one of England’s largest clubs with arguably one of the biggest fan/supporter bases, a modern stadium, modern facilities and since Sunderland’s fall from grace no real regional competitor. Both PSG and City were tiny by comparison.

The prospective owner/s are not in this to create a profit, they are in it to win things, and will spend what they need to do so. This will turn the Big 6 into the Big 7, then eventually (if the owner’s are successful) into the Big 1.

Of course the flip side of this is once the owner gets bored they will cut and run and leave the place in ruins.

I don’t see this taking 4 or 5 years, with rafa at the helm and a professional organisation already in place they could be challenging for the title in a season or so


#2583

I agree with you on nearly all of what you said except I think it will take at least 2-3 seasons. New players need to gel and rarely get it done in the first season.


#2584

Bit of sad news, I was shocked and saddened when I read it.


#2585

Just read that.
That’s terrible.


#2586

Sad. Way too young. 38? Still a pup. An ‘invincible’ who enjoyed plenty of success. Surely, the FA Cup win over Man U, after being red carded, must have ranked up there with the best of em? :blush: