Elsewhere, Danny Guthrie opened his pies’ career and United Sunderland forward Chris Maguire got the fans talking.
Here are your best Newcastle United stories for April 4:
Amanda Staveley and her representatives have started looking for potential candidates for roles in a new Newcastle United scheme, the Notebook understands.
The buyer side is optimistic about the possibility of concluding an agreement while talks continue between the two parties.
The paperwork has been placed in the Premier League, but elite lawyers are not yet working through owner and administrator tests, and no elite have encountered any of the new team of potential owners – this which would be a complicated and complex process given that there are several investors in the proposed Staveley consortium.
A note of caution was expressed on the sellers side this week, insisting that no price has been agreed and no funds have yet been paid. Another emerging message is that there will be no shock price due to the coronavirus crisis.
Interview with Guthrie
From the agony of relegation to the unexpected struggle for a European place – it would be fair to say that Danny Guthrie spent four hectic years at Tyneside.
The young midfielder signed for Newcastle United in the summer of 2008 and was immediately compared by boss Kevin Keegan to Magpies big boys Paul Bracewell and Rob Lee.
Guthrie enjoyed spells in and out of the team throughout his stay at St James ‘Park before choosing to leave the Magpies at the end of his contract in 2012.
Stays in Reading, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers preceded a stay in Indonesia with Mitra Kukar.
Now back in English football with Walsall, the Ligue Two team, the 32-year-old has paved the way for his roller coaster career.
Analysis of “artists”
Sky Sports began playing and analyzing retro games in the absence of live football, which has been postponed indefinitely following the coronavirus pandemic.
And the chain started with one of the most famous matches in the Premier League era – Kevin Keegan’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Newcastle against Liverpool in almost a season in 1995/6.
They showed the game, then Jamie Redknapp, who played in the match, and Jamie Carragher analyzed the 90 minutes and the season that followed in a fascinating post-match conversation.
Sunderland forward Chris Maguire aimed for a cheeky dig against his Newcastle United rivals – insisting he would never play for the Magpies.
Maguire took over the Black Cats’ social media account Friday evening to answer a series of questions from fans.
These ranged from football subjects such as his growing up idol and his favorite moment in a red and white shirt, to more random questions such as who would play him in a movie of his life.
But the post that attracted the most attention by far was an issue involving Sunderland’s main rivals.
Scout on Boumsong’s signature
Newcastle United fans have had star central defenders over the years – Bob Moncur, Philippe Albert and Jonathan Woodgate, to name a few, but there have also been some very poor – and for many, Jean-Alain Boumsong was near the top of this list.
Signed in January 2005, the Frenchman arrived from the Rangers for a hefty price of £ 8 million after having arrived free a few months earlier.
He had played 27 games in all competitions for the Rangers, and in truth he looked decent, but for the scout who signed it for free, the news that Newcastle now wanted to buy it made him feel torn apart .
The amazing gesture of Rose
Danny Rose has been revealed as the anonymous, large cash donor to the University Hospital in North Middlesex.
The hospital received donations to help fund the fight against the coronavirus when an anonymous donation of £ 19,000 landed on their Just Giving page.
Rose, who is on loan to Newcastle, has proven to be a generous donor – leaving a message to hospital staff, congratulating her on her work.
It happened at the same time as some criticized Premier League players for not cutting a page in the middle of the pandemic – although discussions are underway that could see salary deferrals of 30%.
FA Cup Index
On Friday, Newcastle United and its Premier League rivals held a videoconference with Premier League officials with end-of-season suggestions rejected by the clubs.
Instead, high-level bosses have emerged to signal their intention to end the season in the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Scrapping the FA Cup to reduce aircraft congestion does not appear to be on the cards.
A Premier League statement said yesterday that matches would not resume in May as previously hoped and that football bosses would have to wait for the government’s green light before resuming action.
Pundit on Morelos
Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos would be a good fit for Newcastle United.
This is the view of expert and former English striker Darren Bent, who thinks that supporters of Magpies would like the controversial Colombian leader.
Morelos has been identified as a potential target for United in the next window as head coach Steve Bruce seeks to correct his team’s poor form at goal.