The Newcastle United team will begin to prepare for the resumption of small group football from Tuesday, with precautions taken to ensure the safety of the players and staff.
Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insists he will not interfere with the Newcastle United takeover process, as the decision remains with the Premier League.
Here are all the headlines of the day for Monday May 18.
Premier League decision
The Newcastle United takeover process will not be hampered by the government – despite calls for a closer look at the piracy problems in Saudi Arabia.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said today, “The first thing to do is have the Premier League do an aptitude test.
“They do it for everyone who wants to take over Premier League clubs.
“It is only fair that we allow the Premier League to do so. It’s at the Premiership. It’s up to the Premier League to make that assessment. “
Bruce on restarting the project
Steve Bruce has revealed that the Newcastle United players will return to work in small groups tomorrow.
Bruce, speaking to the club’s TV channel, said: “It has been a really difficult time, but I hope with the information that the first phase is about to start – and I must point out that the first phase seems to be as safe as possible. – I am sure everyone will be delighted that we try to make this effort.
“In the first phase, we are allowed to train four to five people on the same pitch, so basically a player has a quarter of a pitch to work on, so social distancing is not a problem. We will train with 8-10 at a time on two separate locations. ”
How it will work
The Magpies were the first team to ban handshakes on the training ground, but things got even more intense.
The players will arrive in Benton in training gear, will not eat breakfast or have lunch in the canteen, and will vacate the premises immediately after the session.
A statement from United said, “The players will arrive in their training kit, park their cars at least three spaces apart, and head directly to the field, without access to the main building.
Here is a full overview of how things will work
Newcastle United lender Valentino Lazaro awaits news from general manager Lee Charnley about his future next season.
Without a clause in his contract with the Magpies, the Austrian international – who signed from Inter Milan until the end of the season – is expected to return to Italy at the end of the Premier League campaign.
Weekend reports suggested that Lazaro would be the first permanent signature of the future owners at St James ‘Park.
£ 21 million was expected as the first deal with Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
However, discussions are still needed between United and the big man.
Full story of Lee Ryder.
Rondon on Almiron
Miguel Almiron “changed the face” of Newcastle United on arrival and Salomon Rondon tipped his former teammate for a “great time” at St James ‘Park in the years to come.
While his teammates were quickly struck by Almiron’s blazing pace, what perhaps encouraged them the most about the light striker was his mentality.
“You have to be prepared because it’s very competitive,” Rondon told ChronicleLive. “So when he got there, Federico and I [Fernandez] and everyone around the team said, “Miguel, you have to be ready in the Premier League because the defenders kick you and the referee won’t fault you so you have to be strong.”
“To be honest, when he arrived, he did really well because he changed the philosophy of the team. “
Bellamy reveals her pain
Craig Bellamy reveals the torture he suffered in Newcastle
The former Wales international suffered from tendonitis in both knees and revealed that his pain was so severe that he even considered retiring from football at the age of 25.
“Sky covered a tournament in Malaysia. I was suffering from tendinitis in both knees, “Bellamy told Sky Sports.
“We played Chelsea in the final and we lost on penalties. I remember after that I couldn’t sleep that night. I turned and turned around and woke up for breakfast at 6 am and sat next to a guy from Hong Kong.
“We just had a conversation about football and I just said to him,” I want this to be over. I don’t want to play anymore. I am in too much pain and I cannot play at the level I want and everyone expects me. “
“Newcastle had invested a lot in me and needed me to play well and I didn’t think I could justify it. “
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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced plans to broadcast certain Premier League games on free television to encourage viewers to stay inside.
“We hope to have something a little more ambitious with a few more free games available,” he told Sky Sports.
“People can watch from home, which will help deter people from leaving their homes to watch it, which we don’t want.” “