Newcastle United have confirmed, inadvertently, that Dwight Gayle has completed his move to St James Park.
The club publishing an article dated 1 July 2016 a day early by mistake, somebody’s finger slipping, which confirmed that Gayle had joined Matz Sels as another Newcastle signing this week.
Newcastle United attempted to retrieve the situation by hastily pulling the article and changing the text – but not before a number of fans had spotted the premature confirmation.
We took the screenshot below before it was pulled.
The original reading:
The article posted by Newcastle United with the doctored bit in bold:
Rafa Benitez is anticipating a positive pre-season period when the Magpies return for training on Friday – and says that his squad must understand “what it means to be at this Club” as they bid for promotion this season.
Newcastle United boss Benitez has made one addition to his squad this week – goalkeeper Matz Sels, who will join up with the rest of the United players when they report for training after the summer break at United’s Benton base on Friday morning.
Before beginning his first full campaign at St. James’ Park, the Spaniard has outlined what he is expecting from his charges when they return to the training pitch, with the Sky Bet Championship opener at Fulham just over a month away.
And he believes that his players must appreciate all that comes with wearing the black and white stripes, with the city fully behind them.
“We have all the medicals and all the controls, and I expect to have a very good pre-season,” Benitez told nufc.co.uk.
“Normally, because they are professional, they’ll come back fit and we’ll try to improve the fitness of players, but also their understanding of the game, their understanding of our ideas and the way that we want to play, and try to work as a unit, as a team.
“And after that, we’ll try to give them a little bit of what it means to be at this Club, what it means to be a player here. Now, we have to show all these things in the Championship.
“They have to realise that we have massive support from the city – not just from the people in the stadium, but from the city – and we have to do really well to match these expectations.”
Hopefully this might mean that Matt Ritchie will be ready to be officially announced tomorrow along with Dwight Gayle, as Newcastle fans heard the disappointing news that Andros Townsend is jumping ship to sign for Crystal Palace.