I have seen some cracking Newcastle United headlines so far this season.

As the newspapers battle ever harder to grab our attention, they take things to the limit.

However, I think this latest one must be the best of the season so far.

On this occasion, I think what makes it even better is that they quite possibly aren’t trying to sensationalise matters and whoever wrote it, just doesn’t understand how ridiculous the whole idea is anyway.

Step forward The Mail with this cracker after Newcastle’s game against Swansea:

‘Jonjo Shelvey may have ended his own England World Cup hopes’

With the article then reading:

‘Jonjo Shelvey might just have lost his last outside chance of being involved in England’s World Cup squad with his petulant reaction to being substituted in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Swansea.

A closer look at the maverick midfield man was almost certainly the reason Gareth Southgate chose to take in that game with no other obvious international candidate on show.

Shelvey had a decent game and was heavily involved in the creation of Newcastle’s equaliser, but then threw a paddy and refused to shake the hand of boss Rafa Benitez when he was subbed with eight minutes left.

Could Southgate really afford that sort of attitude in his squad for Russia in the summer?’

In the real world, never in a million years was Gareth Southgate there to watch Jonjo Shelvey.

That is Jonjo Shelvey who hasn’t scored a single Premier League goal or got an assist all season. Jonjo Shelvey who has struggled to even get into Newcastle’s team this campaign.

Back in November when players were dropping like flies out of his squad for England friendlies, Gareth Southgate preferred to even bring kids in rather than Jonjo Shelvey.

If Southgate was at St James Park to watch any Newcastle player, it surely could only be Jamaal Lascelles (who was out injured in November when Southgate was short of players).

The player/captain who has made a massive difference in the games he has played, as opposed to Shelvey who has contributed next to nothing.

It was painfully embarrassing that Shelvey refused to shake Rafa’s hand, a total lack of class, but in terms of his shortcomings for Newcastle United….and England, I think it is the least of his worries.

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    the greatest headline would be,
    Rafa shocks the football world and goes 4-3-3 against City

    • Leicester Mag

      I was hoping for 5-5-5

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I`m putting money on City getting a Penalty

        • csh

          I’d put more on us not getting a penalty

    • Rich Lawson

      Throw caution to the wind,3-3-4 or play the Under 23 team that turned them over the other day. I’m going to my daughter’s on Sat’ to watch the match cos she has BT,it will be a heavy drinking evening !

    • MadMag83

      The greatest headline would be Ashley sells Toon and buys Sunderland and immediately puts Joe Kinnear and Dennis Wise in charge.

  • Rich Lawson

    Experience seems to suggest that you don’t p##s Rafa off if you want a game ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Experience seems to suggest you don`t P1 $$ off Ashley if you want players

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Meanwhile, Swansea bid £25m for Kevin Gameiro,
    wonder what Penfold`s doing

    • Peaky Magpie

      Knocking one oot to pictures of SD shop fronts !!!

      • Rich Lawson

        Have they started doing lingerie now then ?

        • Peaky Magpie

          Oh yes,doesn’t his royal fatness also own Agent Provocetuer now ???

          • Rich Lawson

            Once owned by the son of Viv’ Westwood and Malcom (not Stcheve) McLaren,that’s what Punk get’s you 40 years on (sob !).

          • Peaky Magpie


      • anyobrien

        😂 😂

  • Paul Patterson

    I’m not Shelveys biggest fan but it’s a bit silly to say he hasn’t had any assists this season.
    Whilst it’s factually accurate, it misses out one vital thing- to claim an assist the player you are ‘assisting’ has to actually score.
    I can put 200 flyers through 200 doors advertising a product but if nobody buys it you can’t say that I haven’t done my job properly..

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he thinks to fast for the forwards, he`s hitting the right balls, they just haven`t the nous to get on the end of them

      • Leazes

        Its a game of speed and quick decisions, if these nutters manage to hound the players out, then what exactly is left?

        Ryder started this hate campaign a couple of weeks ago and it has been taken up by a handful of bloggers…. Why Ryder does this sort of thing I don’t know, who is he speaking to inside the club apart from the goalkeeping coach and Beardsley.

        Ryder, he’s never far from bigging up the useless and clueless players like Ginger, and Elliot mainly because he gets articles from them lie he did with Taylor…. you don’t shoot your source!

        ….I mean thick or what? But these morons are worse!

    • Leazes

      The guy who puts the assister through gets no credit.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Hope the red mancs pummel Stoke tonight as GD could be so vital come May.

  • Leazes

    Embarrassing article Mathew….. stick to adformercials with Betvictor!….. it’s just you to a tee.

    If you had been here in 1930 you would have been trying to sell Hughie Gallagher as a troublemaker.

  • FatParosite

    You can stop reading the Daily Fail when you read lines like “no other obvious international candidate on show.” These hacks don’t know football, sport or have any more sentience than plankton, and should be dismissed as such.

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    I thought Shelvey had a good game he tracked back and made some good tackles his passing has the potential to open up defences, I would play him and no way would I sell him, he has the makings of a Zidane one day