Despite being London born and bred, Jonjo Shelvey loves it in the northern wasteland that is Tyneside.

So says his big mate Charlie Adam, the pair having played together for Liverpool.

The now Stoke midfielder was taking part in a radio discussion about the perceived problem of clubs in ‘less fashionable areas’ being able to attract quality players.

The comparison put to Charlie Adam being the examples of Swansea and Newcastle v London and Manchester.

Maybe there are some players from abroad who see London as the main/only place to live/play but I think this is a pretty empty argument overall.

The way they go on, is as if any foreign player moving to a London club will automatically be living at Buckingham Palace with all the bright lights of the centre of the capital on their doorstep.

Reality is that most players will live nowhere near the centre of London and live on the outskirts with easy access to the training ground. Then anybody who has much experience of travelling about London knows that it usually takes ages getting from one part to another.

The other reality is that the bottom line is that player predominantly are most bothered about joining an ambitious club who will also pay the market rate for wages.

I love Liverpool for a night out but when players are choosing to go to Anfield it isn’t because they are big fans of the Beatles, or think it is the greatest place to live.

Back in the day, the likes of Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Laurent Robert, Philippe Albert and Jonathan Woodgate happily joined Newcastle because it was a club trying to succeed on the pitch, plus there is a reason why loads of people love to come on city breaks to Newcastle – because it is a class place!

If Newcastle looked like it was a club once again trying to go places (places that aren’t the Championship…) I don’t see it as a major problem getting people to come to St James Park, the problem is once again becoming a club trying to go places.

That can only potentially happen once Mike Ashley walks out of the door.

Charlie Adam talking to BBC Radio 5 Live (asked about players wanting to play in London and Manchester rather than ‘less fashionable areas such as Swansea and Newcastle):

“It is a mentality thing,

“I speak to Jonjo Shelvey, he loves it up in Newcastle.

“He is a London boy but says: ‘It is the best decision I have ever made.’

“His family loves it, his kids love it… it’s just different, and I think a lot of the foreign players find it difficult, because London is a big attraction and Manchester is a big attraction.

“But listen, when you get an opportunity to go and play in the Premier League, it doesn’t matter where you play: Swansea, Newcastle, wherever…it should be a privilege and an honour to play in the Premier League.”

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  • TheNutJob

    Rafa wants to stop messing him about, my god Slomo in front of Jonjo
    the mans going crazy

    • Geordiegiants

      Il say it again and again. I remember this type of craic with Sir Bobby and look at what happened there.

      • TheNutJob

        i always backed Sir Bobby and i` ll tell you one think watching his team play was 100 times better than the garbage Newcastle are dishing out now.
        if there was another KK or SBR around today i`d break the bank to get them.

        • Geordiegiants

          EVERY SINGLE PERSON I speak to says they backed Sir Bobby, but some how he got a load of stick for picking strange teams the fans didn’t like. Im not saying it wasn’t more exciting football or claiming any similarity in style. I’m saying be careful what you wish for, Rafa is going to do it his way no matter what, and don’t forget Rafa’s best team, is last seasons championship side.

          • Paul Patterson

            And it’ll work with better players.

  • Saul Williams

    it bloody bugs me when people say the quality of life is so much better in London than in Newcastle or any northern city.Its a boring Stereotype and bullshit.People in the south must think we live in shanti towns,maybe in Sunderland it’s a bit crappy.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Someone needs to tell Andrea Riseborough about Newcastle the place she was born and bred but decides to deride on The Jimmy Kimmel show.
    Apparently she called us “The Armpit Of England”, Or words to that effect !
    Another who has now lost all of her “Geordie Privileges” and may find it a hostile environment to return to one day.

    I take Charlie Adam’s point about the ambition of a club being the real cursor for a player deciding where his future lies.
    Although I seem to remember a certain Pablo Aimar about to put pen to paper on a contract at Newcastle only for his wife to intervene stating she did not want to come to Newcastle hence the deal not going through.
    That’s just the word around the campfire though and was meant to occur at the start of Fatty Arbuckle’s reign of terror on Tyneside if I am not mistaken.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Fatty Arbuckle ! Classic.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, I saw that interview. Total ungrateful airhead.

  • nufcslf

    Sad that any professional footballer would be so petty to let location matter, spoilt bastards comes to mind. Totally agree with the ambition of any club being important and why not. Knife to the heart, but I won’t even step foot into St. James’ as a fan nevermind even think of signing as a player while fatty has anything to do with it.

  • TubbyMunky

    I’ve lived in London, and currently live in Manchester. While the latter is a decent enough place, London is a sh*te hole. Unless you earn mega bucks, you’re stuck with paying through the nose for a tiny studio flat, when the same money would get you a cracking place in the North East. And you wouldn’t have to sell a vital organ to pay for a night out.

  • Paul Patterson

    The geography thing doesn’t wash with me but it’s a common attitude for most overseas players. Get to Newcastle Airport and you’re in France in an hour.

  • Grahame Johnson

    What I find shocking is people think Newcastle is a narrow minded and bigoted city, if your in toon Saturday or at the match you will see a mix of all types of people, Mohammad Ali said once the people in the north practice what others preach, also if your part of the lgbt community when your at the monument the watch shop and pub above used to be called the Eldon grill and one floor was openly lgbt and that was in the 70s.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”It takes ages getting from one part to another” ? No it doesn’t,the Tube system is brilliant,but if you don’t want to be on public transport with the rest of the proles,fair enough !

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Get in Jonjo lad!
    Love it when my London mates get Newcastle. It’s such a great place that it really marks out the idiots who don’t.
    Thing about Londoners is there’s so many that they come in all types.
    When they’re good they’re good… and when they’re bad… they’re our owner.