Brighton seal 3-0 Premier League win at Newcastle

The Seagulls lost to Chelsea on the opening weekend but two early goals for Neil Maupay on Tyneside means that Graham Potter’s side are now up and running.

Brighton were quick out of the blocks at St.James, and Newcastle, who were so impressive at West Ham last weekend, were the architects of their own downfall.

Allan Saint-Maximin’s rash challenge on Tariq Lamptey resulted in penalty on three minutes, and Maupay stepped up to make no mistake from the spot.

And with Newcastle still getting their breath back from that one, Brighton hit them on the counter five minutes later.

The excellent Lamptey was again at the heart of it as he fed in Leandro Trossard, and with the Magpies defence unable to recover in time, Maupay arrived at the far post to fire home.

That rapid start seemed to stun the hosts, with Steve Bruce’s side clinging on until half time.

Newcastle did show signs of improvement after the break, but their day turned on a crucial chance for Callum Wilson on the hour mark.

Miguel Almiron did well to measure a cross deep into the box, but Wilson was unable to get enough purchase on his header and their key moment was wasted.

That goal woke Brighton out of their mid half funk, with Trossard and Aaron Connolly both firing against the post.

Brighton pushed in the closing stages, and as Newcastle all out of ideas in the final minutes, Connolly curled home a delightful third goal.

Potter’s afternoon did end on a sour note, after Yves Bissouma was sent off, but he’s unlikely to be too concerned as this was three big big points for Brighton.

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Premier League: Newcastle United v Brighton and Hove Albion

The Magpies kicked off their Premier League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend, before beating Championship side Blackburn in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Steve Bruce used that match as a chance to give some fringe players some game time, as well as handing a first start to summer signing Ryan Fraser, who will be involved in some capacity when the sides kick-off.

Fellow new arrivals Jeff Hendrick and Callum Wilson are set to continue for the Geordies, with Andy Carroll also likely to retain a starting place, the first time he will have started consecutive games since beginning his second spell at St James’ Park last year.

Matty Longstaff, Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar will all miss out for Newcastle, but Miguel Almiron is pushing for a start after two assists in the last two games.

As for Brighton, an opening day defeat to Chelsea was followed up with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Portsmouth in the League Cup, and they’ll be hoping to keep up their excellent recent away record when the league campaign returns.

The Seagulls have not lost away from home since February and with six away wins coming on the first round of fixtures in the new season, Brighton will fancy their chances of getting off the mark at the second time of asking.

Adam Lallana’s availability is rated as 50/50, with the former Liverpool man going off early against Chelsea, but returning to training on Friday afternoon. Manager Graham Potter says a decision on his fitness will be made on Saturday to give him maximum recovery time.

Newcastle United vs Brighton and Hove Albion at St James’ Park is a 2.30pm kick-off on Sunday, September 20th.

Ryan Fraser keen for Newcastle challenge

The 26-year-old midfielder’s 35th-minute strike secured a somewhat fortunate 1-0 second round victory over Blackburn in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, his first competitive action since March 7.

However, having watched from the bench as the Magpies won their league opener at West Ham on Saturday hours after his initiation to the squad, he is determined to give head coach Steve Bruce something to think about ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brighton and next week’s third round trip to League Two Morecambe.

Fraser told NUFC TV: “I didn’t actually expect to be on the bench at the weekend, I think it was three days I’d trained for, not played for seven months, so I didn’t really expect to be on the bench, but it was a good experience, being with the lads.

“I did my song the night before, which was brutal singing, but at the same time, it gets the atmosphere up, gets everyone laughing and a good spirit in the changing room and it was brilliant to see them winning.

“Look, now I’ve got 60 minutes under my belt, you never know what could happen at the weekend, if I come on, if I don’t come on. But we’ve got the game next Tuesday and hopefully I can get 90 minutes next Tuesday and then I’ll be wanting the manager to put me in when he can.

“Look, I’m a team player, if he wants me to come off the bench, I’ll come off the bench; if he wants me to start – which I want to do, start as many games as possible and score as many goals as possible and get as many assists as possible.”

Fraser’s goal came courtesy of a fine reverse pass from Paraguay international Miguel Almiron, one of the few pieces of real quality a Newcastle side featuring 10 changes from the weekend produced on the night.

The Scotland international said: “That’s why I made the run. If you don’t play with players like that, you probably stay wide and try to get the ball to feet and try to take somebody on.

“In training, he’s been looking for me as well. You just run through the middle of the pitch and you know a player like him will find you.”

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was hugely disappointed to have left Tyneside on the wrong end of the scoreline, but was at least able to console himself with the capture of former Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala, which was confirmed in the run-up to kick-off.

Mowbray said: “Daniel has been in teams that have got out of this division twice in the last four or five years as a stick-on centre-half defender who heads it, can defend, puts his body on the line.

“I don’t think there are many better in this division and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle have announced forward Yoshinori Muto has moved to Eibar on a season-long loan deal.

The 28-year-old Japan international has scored two goals in 28 appearances for the Tyneside outfit since joining from Mainz in 2018.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley preparing for Premier League legal battle

Ashley has instructed lawyers Blackstone Chambers over a simmering row with the governing body after Amanda Staveley’s consortium withdrew its £340milion offer in July following a 17-week wait, ultimately in vain, for officials to complete their owners’ and directors’ test.

A statement on the firm’s official website on Monday said: “Shaheed Fatima QC and Nick De Marco QC are acting for Newcastle United FC and Mike Ashley (instructed by Dentons) in a dispute with the Premier League about its rejection of a takeover bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) based on its Owners and Directors test.”

Newcastle claimed last Wednesday that the bid had been rejected by the Premier League, who insisted the following day that it had not.

Having taken legal advice as he attempted to resurrect the deal, Ashley accused the governing body of not acting “appropriately” in repeatedly seeking further clarification over the relationship between the Saudi state and the PIF, a major stumbling block alongside the issue of TV piracy.

The Premier League responded by insisting the proposed takeover could only proceed to a suitability assessment once “all appropriate information” had been provided and repeated its offer of independent arbitration, something which had already been rejected by the prospective buyers.

Despite Ashley’s best efforts to rekindle the process behind the scenes, it appears to have reached something of an impasse, and the latest development represents an attempt to clear the path once again.

The PA news agency understands that far from simply seeking compensation, Ashley is trying to prove there is no case in law to block the takeover, and engaging two renowned barristers to fight his corner is an indication of his determination to leave no stone unturned.

Sources close to the Staveley camp described the league’s stance as “disingenuous” following the decision to withdraw the consortium’s offer having insisted it had provided all the necessary answers.

It is understood they are still monitoring the situation, but it would take a significant change in outlook from one side or the other to enable a breakthrough, and it appears Ashley is now attempting to force such an alteration.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley preparing for Premier League legal battle

Ashley has instructed lawyers Blackstone Chambers over a simmering row with the governing body after Amanda Staveley’s consortium withdrew its £340milion offer in July following a 17-week wait, ultimately in vain, for officials to complete their owners’ and directors’ test.

A statement on the firm’s official website on Monday said: “Shaheed Fatima QC and Nick De Marco QC are acting for Newcastle United FC and Mike Ashley (instructed by Dentons) in a dispute with the Premier League about its rejection of a takeover bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) based on its Owners and Directors test.”

Newcastle claimed last Wednesday that the bid had been rejected by the Premier League, who insisted the following day that it had not.

Having taken legal advice as he attempted to resurrect the deal, Ashley accused the governing body of not acting “appropriately” in repeatedly seeking further clarification over the relationship between the Saudi state and the PIF, a major stumbling block alongside the issue of TV piracy.

The Premier League responded by insisting the proposed takeover could only proceed to a suitability assessment once “all appropriate information” had been provided and repeated its offer of independent arbitration, something which had already been rejected by the prospective buyers.

Despite Ashley’s best efforts to rekindle the process behind the scenes, it appears to have reached something of an impasse, and the latest development represents an attempt to clear the path once again.

The PA news agency understands that far from simply seeking compensation, Ashley is trying to prove there is no case in law to block the takeover, and engaging two renowned barristers to fight his corner is an indication of his determination to leave no stone unturned.

Sources close to the Staveley camp described the league’s stance as “disingenuous” following the decision to withdraw the consortium’s offer having insisted it had provided all the necessary answers.

It is understood they are still monitoring the situation, but it would take a significant change in outlook from one side or the other to enable a breakthrough, and it appears Ashley is now attempting to force such an alteration.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley preparing for Premier League legal battle

Ashley has instructed lawyers Blackstone Chambers over a simmering row with the governing body after Amanda Staveley’s consortium withdrew its £340milion offer in July following a 17-week wait, ultimately in vain, for officials to complete their owners’ and directors’ test.

A statement on the firm’s official website on Monday said: “Shaheed Fatima QC and Nick De Marco QC are acting for Newcastle United FC and Mike Ashley (instructed by Dentons) in a dispute with the Premier League about its rejection of a takeover bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) based on its Owners and Directors test.”

Newcastle claimed last Wednesday that the bid had been rejected by the Premier League, who insisted the following day that it had not.

Having taken legal advice as he attempted to resurrect the deal, Ashley accused the governing body of not acting “appropriately” in repeatedly seeking further clarification over the relationship between the Saudi state and the PIF, a major stumbling block alongside the issue of TV piracy.

The Premier League responded by insisting the proposed takeover could only proceed to a suitability assessment once “all appropriate information” had been provided and repeated its offer of independent arbitration, something which had already been rejected by the prospective buyers.

Despite Ashley’s best efforts to rekindle the process behind the scenes, it appears to have reached something of an impasse, and the latest development represents an attempt to clear the path once again.

The PA news agency understands that far from simply seeking compensation, Ashley is trying to prove there is no case in law to block the takeover, and engaging two renowned barristers to fight his corner is an indication of his determination to leave no stone unturned.

Sources close to the Staveley camp described the league’s stance as “disingenuous” following the decision to withdraw the consortium’s offer having insisted it had provided all the necessary answers.

It is understood they are still monitoring the situation, but it would take a significant change in outlook from one side or the other to enable a breakthrough, and it appears Ashley is now attempting to force such an alteration.

Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Premier League: West Ham United v Newcastle United preview

In the transfer market, both clubs have had differing fortunes ahead of the new campaign.

West Ham fans are disgruntled with the club’s sale of promising young talent Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion, as well as the board’s general day-to-day running of the football club.

Not only were the fans upset at Grady’s departure, but club captain Mark Noble even waded in with his thoughts on social media.

On Tyneside, Newcastle have added to their ranks with the acquisition of Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, who was released by the Cherries earlier this year.

As well as the ex-Bournemouth duo, promising fullback Jamal Lewis has arrived from Norwich City and former Burnley man Jeff Hendrick is also a fresh face.

Despite the overhanging situation regarding the rejected Saudi takeover bid, manager Steve Bruce says he is more than happy with the way he is being backed.

Perhaps the only positive for West Ham fans and manager David Moyes is that barring an injury to Manuel Lanzini, the Hammers have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Ryan Fredricks place at right back is under threat, with young talent Ben Johnson keen to dislodge him in the team.

For Newcastle, new boy Callum Wilson is likely to start upfront, but the injured Ryan Fraser won’t make his Toon bow.

Matt Ritchie and Fabian Schar are doubts for Steve Bruce, but goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is definitely out and will be replaced by Karl Darlow, who recently penned fresh terms at St James’ Park.

West Ham United v Newcastle United at the London Stadium is an 8pm kick off on Saturday.

Mike Ashley taking legal advice after Premier League reject Newcastle United takeover

More than a month after Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners, who were backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and the Reuben Brothers, withdrew their £340million offer for the club, with the governing body still conducting its owners’ and directors’ test, the Magpies have revealed that a decision has now been made.

In a terse statement released on Wednesday evening, the club said: “Newcastle United can confirm that the Premier League has rejected a takeover bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) based on its Owners and Directors test.

“This conclusion has been reached despite the club providing the Premier League with overwhelming evidence and legal opinions that PIF is independent and autonomous of the Saudi Arabian government.

“The club and its owners do not accept that Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and the Premier League have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them.

“Mike Ashley understands fans’ frustrations and would like to reassure them that he has been fully committed to ensuring this takeover process reached completion as he felt it was in the best interests of the club. Mike continues to be fully supportive to Steve Bruce, the players and all the staff and wishes them well for the upcoming season.”

The PA news agency has approached the Premier League, which had been seeking clarity over links to the Saudi state and TV piracy, for comment.

It is understood that Ashley, who flew in to the club’s Benton raining headquarters by helicopter on Wednesday afternoon to meet head coach Bruce after summer signings Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis had been presented to the media, had been working to revive PCP’s interest.

However, his efforts to remove the hurdles which blocked their path appear to have prompted league officials to move decisively, although the tenor of the club’s response suggests that may not be the end of the matter.

Ashley has been trying to offload the club he bought for £134.4million for much of his 13 years at the helm and looked to have made a significant breakthrough when Staveley’s consortium was granted exclusivity in April.

Their withdrawal in frustration at the ongoing delay was greeted with fury by fans hoping for an end to the sportswear magnate’s ill-fated tenure and an injection of cash to help Newcastle compete on a more even keel after more than a decade of relative austerity.

Rival interest from American businessman Henry Mauriss and the Paris-based Bellagraph Nova Group has failed to materialise into anything more substantial.

Ashley did not expect to have to fund another summer transfer window, but Bruce, whose side kicks off the new season at West Ham on Saturday, has been delighted with the backing he has received since it became apparent that the club would not change hands in the short term.

Newcastle sign Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis

Lewis, 22, has agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle after the two clubs agreed a fee, reported to be around £15million, which could rise to £20m with add-ons.

Newcastle said on their official website: “Highly-rated full-back Jamal Lewis has become Newcastle United’s fifth signing of the summer after joining the Magpies from Norwich City.

“The Northern Ireland international has signed a five-year contract at St. James’ Park after earning rave reviews for his performances last season despite the Canaries’ relegation from the Premier League.”

Lewis, who started out at hometown club Luton before joining Norwich’s academy in 2014, was a regular starter for Norwich in the Premier League last season.

He made a total of 34 appearances in all competitions as Daniel Farke’s side were relegated after one season in the top flight.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce added: “Jamal is a very exciting prospect. I watched him flourish in the Championship two years ago and he made a real fist of it in the Premier League last season.”

Newcastle signed England striker Callum Wilson and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, both from Bournemouth, on Monday.

Jeff Hendrick to play first competitive game in 6 months

The 28-year-old midfielder will hope to win a 55th senior Republic of Ireland cap in Bulgaria on Thursday evening, his first taste of competitive action since the Premier League season closed down in March.

In the meantime, he has left Burnley for Newcastle after contract talks at Turf Moor broke down and is relishing the prospect of bringing his experience to bear once again on the international stage in Sofia as a re-shaped squad takes to the field for the first time under new manager Stephen Kenny.

Hendrick, who played an hour of the Magpies’ 2-1 friendly win over Barnsley at the weekend, said: “It’s not my style to be shouting or banging about. I wouldn’t lead in that sort of way.

“I’d have quiet talks with younger players or the lads on what we need to do or what we want to do.

“I played 60 minutes and it was a great feeling just to be back on the pitch and playing. I know it was a friendly, but it felt to me like a proper game.

“Now that the proper games are here, I’m just delighted and buzzing. I just want to – if selected – play as much as possible.”

Hendrick was handed his senior Ireland debut by Giovanni Trapattoni in February 2013 and established himself as a regular under Martin O’Neill – he turned in a series of impressive displays at Euro 2016 – and Mick McCarthy.

Now he faces the task of impressing another manager in Kenny, a man whose pedigree is well-known in his native country, but perhaps not as much beyond.

Hendrick said: “He’s very good. He knows what way he wants to play football and he’s going to try and give you the most information he can to get you to play that way. I think any player would appreciate that.”

Kenny has had only a matter of days to instil his ideas into the squad ahead of the Nations League opener against the Bulgarians, but Hendrick is confident he can launch his reign in style.

He said: “I think we should win the game. Hopefully we can win it in a nice way. We’ll just have to wait and see.”