An exclusive on Saturday morning has revealed that Isaac Hayden has asked for a transfer.

The Mirror have broken the story and on this occasion it rings true.

The midfielder started 28 Championship games and looked very decent playing alongside Jonjo Shelvey.

However, last season was a different story.

Isaac Hayden started 14 of the opening 21 Premier League matches and looked poor to average.

The step up to the top tier could be put forward as one reason but he wasn’t really playing at even the level he had shown in the Championship.

In 2018 he only started one league match, the defeat at Man City in January, then was given only a handful of sub appearances.

The Mirror say that Isaac Hayden has spoken to Rafa Benitez and explained his reasons.

The report stating that the player’s motivation for the transfer request is solely due to ‘exceptional family reasons.’

The Mirror:

Isaac Hayden has asked to leave Newcastle after handing in a transfer request.

Newcastle midfielder Hayden, 23, has spoken face-to-face with Rafa Benitez and stressed his decision is purely for exceptional family reasons.

Hayden has made it clear how much he likes St James’s Park, the club’s fans and has the utmost respect for Newcastle boss Benitez.

But ex-Arsenal trainee Hayden, who was born in Chelmsford, is looking to move further south after putting in the request on Friday.

The club is aware of the issue and Hayden is hoping that he is able to move during this transfer window.

Hayden established himself last season as a mainstay in Newcastle’s Premier League starting line-up, having helped them to win promotion and the Championship in 2017.

Ex-England under-21 star Hayden has three years left on the deal he signed at Newcastle in 2016 having made huge strides as a holding midfielder under Benitez.



  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Won’t be missed at premiership level to be honest.

  • TheNutJob

    shame as i always thought he`d kick on this coming season, he`d barely played at premiership level & i thought in time he would improve

  • benton mag

    You can get to London on a plane in 50 minutes city of London Airport as well

    • Mark Potter

      And how long from the airport across London? Don’t pretend that you can live in London and commute to Benton for training every day.

      • benton mag

        What I’m trying to say is if he needs to be there for a reason it is not that hard to get there

        • Mark Potter

          It’s not that hard to get from Newcastle to Heathrow or Kings Cross, but try getting to somewhere like the O2 Arena. Travelling anywhere within London is a nightmare.

      • Martin Rooney

        Keegan lived in glasgow the last time he managed here, after his first month of club paid hotels didn’t spend a nother night in Newcastle other than team stays night before games
        Owen in Cheshire,
        Rafa stays lot of time in Liverpool.
        So yes he can, I think he’s fed up of having to spend a lot of time with the food bank people. Who he has done an awful lot for.

        • Ram Kishore

          I admired his food bank work

  • Martin Rooney

    Who?

    • JonMag

      more Micky than Martin

      • Martin Rooney

        Why slap my thigh!
        As in rich american that bagged dozens of beauties lived the life of Riley and shafted the Sunderland theatre for 1/4 mil.
        I’ll take that

    • Mark Davies

      Dont suppose on a complete tangent uour the same martin roomey who used to work in newspaper sales office?

      • Martin Rooney

        Whats newspaper sales

        • Mark Davies

          Mustnt be you mate. I knew a martin rooney working in newspaper sales and ads. Worth asking

  • Mrkgw

    The squad gets ever lighter. Permanent signings are scarce. Meanwhile, the pockets of the regime continue to bulge. The future of our club hangs by a thread. ASHLEY OUT!

    • HarryHype59

      The pockets will bursting once Mitro, Ritchie and Lascelles are sold.

  • Alex

    Seems an ok lad, but not up to it and his departure will free up squad space and salary.

    Only question is…..will anyone buy him?

    • Mark Potter

      Many Championship clubs hoping to make the playoffs would jump at the chance.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        That’s until they seen him play

        • Gallowgatefan

          Your comments/responses about Hayden are far too harsh in my opinion. However, given your negativity to pretty much everything ever posted on this site, its unsurprising you’re commenting like this. It’s fine if you don’t rate his footballing ability but don’t criticise the lad on a personal level, he’s had great attitude the whole time he’s been here.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Well block me then.

            I’ve commented on him being utterly hopeless which he is. Has that ruined your day? If so good.

            What positivity do we have with that tumour constantly bleeding the ambition & money out the club & putting nada in.

            Have a good day you jumped up Little happy clapper

          • Gallowgatefan

            I was commenting on Hayden’s honest contribution to the team, just because the owner is terrible doesn’t mean the lad hasn’t tried his best.

            I also said you’re entitled to your view on his playing ability but don’t throw out personal attacks at the lad.

          • Ram Kishore

            Just because Leazes blocks people with different opinions for fun doesn’t mean others would block u for voicing your opinion..
            You are entitled to any opinion

  • Mark Davies

    Not normally one to have a go at our players but this lad is average at best anyway. Good luck and goodbye.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      And that’s being kind

      • Mark Davies

        I was trying to be haha. Average to poor. Dont know which hayden a lot of folk on here have been watching. No better than colback

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You’re 100% right.

  • Dillon Tovak

    I think this is a shame if true. I thought he was quite good for his age in a very tough position.

    Why though does it say it rings true but doesn’t have any quotes, sources or say what the “exceptional family reasons” are.

    • Rich Lawson

      If it’s an illness fair enough,otherwise we should be told,it’s a bit like Merino yesterday,”team mates say he will play for Madrid/Barca’ but no names or quotes ?

      • Mark Potter

        Why should you be told? If he wants privacy to deal with whatever is going on, then he’s entitled. But I’m sure that it won’t remain private for very long, some journo somewhere will be knocking on doors and ringing people up, harassing them to get the story.

        • Rich Lawson

          Because it depends on the circumstances.As i have said already if it is a family illness we have no need to know about it ! However if he just fancies some southern scenery because he is not getting a game,then we have every right to be told.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Think they meant he will play as Barca or real on the new fifa demo

    • Mark Potter

      He’s missing from Ireland, without explanation. No-one said he wasn’t going (such as for injury), yet his name appears on none of the many pictures on the club website taken over the last few days. And I can’t spot his face amongst any of the big group photos.

      It rings true, because, up to now, there had been no speculation that the club were looking to replace him. Perhaps the Mirror do know the reason behind it, but agreed to keep it private. Particularly if it involves his family, an illness or bereavement.

  • HarryHype59

    Will Fat Ash make a profit on the reputed £5m NUFC paid for him?

    • Mark Potter

      No, but the club might make a small “profit”, after they rescued his career from going nowhere at Arsenal, and gave him the chance to play in a very good team which won the Championship.

      Notts Forest for example might just decide that Hayden is a better bet than Colback.

      But any excess received from a sale over what we paid, is going to be easily swallowed up by replacing him.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      They paid £2.9m for him, the chron say`s Newcastle want £10m

      • HarryHype59

        I read the fee was £1m in some sources. I am sure the Commie Gill quoted Newcastle paid £5m for him from Arsenal. Phatz, will try to make a profit out of his sale, none of which will go to Rafa.

  • the tea lady

    Anyone else thinking rats and sinking ship?

    • Mark Potter

      No. I’m thinking players are human beings, with families. They have health and emotional issues. Receiving say £30k per week doesn’t make you immune from those things.

      There’s no evidence he’s a rat. Not like Merino.

      Hayden has done exceptional work in the local community, helping the homeless etc. If he says he’s got to go for “exceptional family reasons” then we should respect that.

      He did very well for the club, winning the Championship. I’m sure he will find another club. Good luck to him.

      • Wor Lass

        Well said.

      • mentalman

        Merino wants to move home so he is a rat Hayden wants to do it and that’s fine

      • MadMag83

        Merino left because he wants to play and he’s a rat? You’d rather he sat on the bench collecting his salary like a mercenary? Give you head a shake man!

  • Mirandinha9

    Good luck Hayden. You’re best off away from our dead end club which is going nowhere other than towards the Championship.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Another southern mammys boy

    Woeful player, useless on the ball and tuned like he was a JCB, won’t be missed at all

    Who will pay a fee for him though

    • Ram Kishore

      Its a harsh reaction from you.. he is a decent player on the pitch .. put in good shift..
      Did good work off the pitch

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I must have completely missed all the decent stuff he did on the pitch.

        He’s a plodder, I don’t want players who can ‘put a shift’ in. As want good players, Hayden was lacking in ability & prescene games passed him by he was useless. Basically another Colback

        • Ram Kishore

          Was better than Colback otherwise he wouldn’t have been on the team last season..
          You are right on few points though but definitely doesn’t warrant criticism

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Neither player because their rubbish. Just meh players who add nothing but a pointless foul & side way pass.

            I’m sick to death of our fans championing rubbish.

          • mentalman

            You’ve done exactly that over the past few months

          • SuperDesHamilton

            When, I’ve never once said anything good about you. So I can’t be championing rubbish

          • Ram Kishore

            What I said here is not championing ..It’s called respect and understanding the reasons for his transfer request.. i do know the difference between a player who does well and who don’t make the cut..
            Criticism is what I do and i do where ever it’s needed..
            I have criticised Hayden many times..
            The transfer request made by him doesn’t warrant cheap jibes throw by you..
            Just quote me if had championed him in any comment i posted in this article..

          • SuperDesHamilton

            They aren’t cheap jibes it’s my opinion.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            And next time I have any family problems I’ll ask my gaffer if I can be moved. The world doesn’t work like that

          • Mark Davies

            Agree, not with all you say but this lad is average to poor. Im not getting this love in with him. Seemed a canny kid but anyone who wants to leave can eff off. Family reasons or whatever. Move your family up here or its a very small world now with modern transport. Thousands a week and not happy. Off you f00k

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Exactly people just love to be offended for the sake of it don’t they?

            If the lad was from a foreign country I’d understand 10000% big it’s 45 minutes a flight & in the bigger picture…he’s not very good

        • Mark Potter

          Probably you did miss it. You were no doubt shopping with your wife looking for a new dress on Saturday afternoons, while we were winning the Championship and coming 10th in the Premiership.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Still didn’t answer my question about him being absolutely S*** did it you sanctimonious little gonk?

            Could get a cart horse to play and turn better than Hayden

          • Billmag

            Harsh and untrue and by the way what’s that got to do with him moving for family reasons.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            All true he was as vanilla as they come. Boring, couldn’t pass, fouled all the time because he was out of position.

            Won’t be missed one bit.

            He can leave no one cares, it’s this love in bevause he’s leaving that’s pathetic. Being fawned over for doing his job he’s paid to do..poorly

          • Billmag

            Character assassination the lad was a defensive midfielder what did you expect him to do dribble and pass it like Messi.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Messi isn’t a central midlfielder so no, maybe in your parallel world he is.

            I like my midfielders to do that absolute basic needed to play midfield like pass & Hayden couldn’t even do that

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            we only have 1 player that can do that

          • SuperDesHamilton

            The rest are cloggers. It’s unfair to cloggers to call them Issac Hayden though

          • Billmag

            In your opinion which after reading your comments is rubbish.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Coming from you, someone with the football knowledge of a pea.

            Can’t wait to see Hayden playing for England next World Cup…

          • Billmag

            Mmm football knowledge eh where have I said anything about his football ability pea brain.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Football ability pea brain? That’s a mouthful.

            Hayden has no ability he won’t be a miss, he really contributed loads….

  • Desree

    Awesome, Ki can replace two players now.

    • Mark Potter

      Despite signing Ki, we have continued to be linked to other midfield players. Maybe that discussion with Rafa wasn’t very recent, and the club have been looking at options to replace both Merino and Hayden this summer.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        they are still looking to replace Cabaye & Ba
        going well, isn`t it

    • HarryHype59

      This is standard H R policy at SD.

  • Desree

    Is Newcastle airport shut

  • Wor Lass

    Good luck to the lad. He didn`t kick on like we hoped he might but he always tried. If he says he has family related problems why should we disbelieve him?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      we shouldn`t he`s a good guy

      • Gallowgatefan

        We agree for once!!! 👍

  • Mxpx

    Alot of people hyped this kid in the championship I think he’s a great signing for any club in the championship but hasn’t quite cut it in the Premier league good luck to him maybe we should hold fire on selling Henri saivet

    • Jate Legend

      Aye we need to keep saivet now seeing as were not going to buy a Hayden replacement with any transfer cash we’ve got

    • Peter C

      Would have to agree with your assessment of Hayden, but regarding Saivet, I’m not sure we should keep a hold of him.

      He couldn’t force his way into the team last season, so I would have to go along with letting him go. But that’s a hard decision, as us the fans, haven’t seen enough of him to assess his ability, or lack of it.

      It’s better to get rid of the dead wood so to speak, and others who want to leave for various reasons. And use the money that they bring in, to strengthen the squad.

      However Ashley must realise, outgoing players need to be replaced, so whatever money is accrued on sales, must be reinvested back into the team.

      Something which a lot of fans, aren’t sure will happen.

      It’s going to be an interesting, and hopefully busy few weeks, until the transfer window closes.

      Hopefully we will be stronger, and not weaker than the squad which finished last season. It’s not numbers which make the difference, it’s quality that counts.

      • theoriginalbomberman

        I don’t see what else Saivet could have done to force his way into the squad. He was given one chance at West ham and as far as I’m concerned he took it. It seems like once Benitez has made his mind up on a player there’s no changing it regardless of how well they do.

        • Peter C

          You can’t make a judgement of a player on one game, that’s just not realistic.

          He has good cause to say, that he’s not had a fair crack of the whip, under Benitez, as can Mitrovic.

          We don’t see what’s going on in training, so it’s hard for the fans to understand what’s going on regarding him, or be able to judge him as a player, and what he has to offer the team, on one performance.

          The manager must have his reasons, he’s not even been selected for the match day squad, let alone the starting eleven.

          Your last point, about Benitez making his mind up, and not changing it regardless, isn’t that uncommon with many managers.

          As an example, I can remember way back when Bobby Robson was manager, he had the same sort of outlook regarding Lua Lua.

          Lua Lua came into the team, when we had a pile of injuries, scored 5 or 6 goals in a short run of games, and got dropped straight away, when the injury crisis eased.

          It’s not fair, but what can anyone do, it’s certainly unfair on the player, and doesn’t gave him any incentive to keep trying to impress.

          Sometimes it’s just best for all concerned, that players move on.

          Saivet must be disheartened, because his career has just stagnated at the club, I can’t believe that he’s happy at not being involved on matchdays.

          I know if I was him, I wouldn’t be, I would want to be playing on a regular basis, and that’s not going to happen in the current circumstances.

          Jack Colback is in the same situation, that’s why I believe it would be better for them both, to look elsewhere to get their careers back on track, and be somewhere, they’re wanted.

          If Saivet does stay, it would be good to see him get a run of games, just to see what he can do, he just may be able to save, the manager and club some money. But it’s pointless to keep him, if he isn’t going to get a game.

  • Paul Patterson

    Swings and roundabouts here. If I was on £30k a week playing for Newcastle and you offered me £80k a week to move to Watford, I’d turn it down, purely on the basis that I wouldn’t want to move down there. Players get homesick.
    He seems an honest lad, decent player, works hard and haven’t we had our fair share of players that are the complete opposite of that. He’s not fantastic by any stretch but some London club in the Championship will get a very useful player. Good luck to him . .

    • Big Al 1967

      Exactly right. Good squad player to have and someone who did a lot in the community, especially with the Foodbank. Best Wishes Issac and thank you for all your efforts

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        👍.

    • Mark Potter

      He comes from Chelmsford originally, and then spent time in Southend in Essex. He must have moved to North London to enable him to play for Arsenal Academy, when he was 13, so he doesn’t necessarily have any family ties to North London.

      He wants to be down south, but it doesn’t necessarily mean in North London. For all we know he has a girlfriend from Birmingham, and he has reasons to be living there.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Are you Issacs official biographer? Quite creepy.

        • paul mclaughlan

          One does enjoy your sarcasm.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I was serious. The lad even knows the date Issac won his 100m swimming badge

          • paul mclaughlan

            😂😂😂

  • Stephen

    Don’t think he will be missed.
    May have had some problems last season cos he never looked the part to me
    If they really needed to keep him he could travel like Micheal Owen did.🚁

  • Mike Adam

    So what, send him out on the next train please!!!

    • Geordiegiants

      Why would you want to be so hard on a young boy that has tired his best for the club and shown enough quality in the championship to prove he is worth his place? He done his job unlike the sack ofshite your always drooling over.

      • Mike Adam

        Because it is my opinion. We’ve lost a young talented midfielder in Merino partly because of the manager IMO, but nobody will even remember Hayden played for NUFC by the middle of next season. And you still didn’t answer my question, what center forward do you want brought in genius????? Oh that’s right, there won’t be anymore incoming players according to the experts on here.

        • Geordiegiants

          I have answered that question, any player that can score goals at the highest level, I don’t care what his name is, how old he is, if he stands and fist pumps the crowd or bangs his chest and kisses the badge, all I’m bothers about is that he can score goals.

          • Mike Adam

            Just wondered who you like as a CF since you dislike some so much. Also, doesn’t he have to be one who follows instructions and works hard on the training pitch. I just read how Joselu has worked really hard in the off season with a personal trainer, and we all know he follows instructions. Could be like a new signing.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yes that is a requirement of most managers following instructions. Rafa is very successful because he is very macitulous.
            I like all sorts of premier league players as I don’t watch anything else really, so my choice of striker would be unaffordable.

          • Mike Adam

            As is my choice, I just wondered if you admired anyone in particular. Look Geordie, I respect your opinions, I am just an outsider who loves “your” club. I don’t live there and don’t understand some of the ways and traditions surrounding the club. I just like to talk NUFC football and support the club. My Geordies don’t like outsiders, I don’t know. Sorry that I rate some players that you do not, it is just my opinion.

          • Geordiegiants

            Well you have explained your stance, I think we / I thought you were just a wind up merchant / troll. This site is full of people making up names to annoy fans, yes some of the traditions you won’t understand if that’s the case, but the owner is trying to kill our club mercilessly, even to the extent of paying people to come on sites like this, not just this one, to try and fool people into believing his lies.
            Your views are as important as anyone’s, but you must understand it’s a very tough time here for our fans, they are being heavily shafted by our owner and his propaganda machine, everyone who is with us is welcome in my book. Anyone giving him the slightest bit of support is a blatant troll. There is not one single genuine fan that would give him any.
            The reason the fans give Rafa so much respect and support is because he is the only person we have ever had in 11 years that has been a respected coach/manger every single other person have been washed up loser’s or wanna be tosssers, with the exception of Keegan.
            So when your coming on giving say Mitro the demi-god treatment when most can see he is not up to the grade, it seems very strange, but the distance means you don’t see or hear everything and can only rely on this site and watching the games. That’s fair enough.

          • Mike Adam

            Thanks, I really do just want support the club. I am trying to understand from afar. But I still rate Mitro as a player and if sold to a PL side think he may be a thorn in our side.

          • Geordiegiants

            All players we sell on seem to come back and haunt us, as long as I can remember it’s been happening.

          • Tim Boddy

            Mike, we don’t like people who talk to us like this:

            “a classless human being like you”
            “you are truely pathetic”
            “what a profound statement from a mental midget like you”
            “you pathetic human being, grow up”
            “what a pathetic excuse of a human being”
            “what center forward do you want brought in genius?????”

            Be less aggressive and insulting, and you’ll be better liked.

          • Mike Adam

            So stick up for a troll like Super Des! I didn’t say any of those things to you, just to him. But what he said to me first is alright? So you are us, who is us? I have been polite until the “school shootings in America” comment by Des, so don’t preach to me about being less aggressive and insulting!!! Did you tell him to be less aggressive and insulting? Or is what he said just jolley good banter?

          • Tim Boddy

            I don’t know Des. You’re as bad as each other, throwing silly, childish insults around like you’re in the playground. How about a bit of respect between fellow Mags?

          • Tim Boddy

            Looking at the thread, Des just said “Stick to MLS”, and you countered with this: “Wow, what a profound statement from a mental midget like you.” Proportionate response, do you think?

          • Mike Adam

            You shouldn’t respond when you don’t know the whole story or sequence of comments. My profile is open, go back and look, I have been calling for more respect for each other on here for a long time, so don’t go judging me when you don’t understand the entire context.

          • Tim Boddy

            It’s a public forum, Mike. People are free to respond to whatever they like whenever they like. It’s just a bit rubbish to see fellow Mags throwing worthless ad hominem insults at each other.

          • Mike Adam

            You know what the real rubbish on here is Tim, fellow Mags who go trolling to get others stirred up with those worthless ad hominem insults and comments. Look at a troll like SuperDesHamilton, his profile is kept private because he is one of the main offenders of the exact rubbish you speak of. Check it out, but again don’t preach to me when you don’t know the entire story/ history.

          • Tim Boddy

            We don’t play the type of football to get the best out of Mitro, and Rafa doesn’t trust him. Plus, with Mike Ashley in charge, if we get offered decent money for him he’s gone. Shame. I had high hopes for him, but he’s never quite made the grade. He only scored something like 4 or 5 goals in the Championship for us. I think that’s part of why Rafa wants right. If a player can only notch 4 or 5 in the second tier, it doesn’t bode well for Premier League performances. Also, Mitro doesn’t play for anyone like he does for Serbia. He really cares about Serbia.

          • Mike Adam

            I do agree we don’t play a style that suites Mitro. I think Rafa is a great manager, but sometimes managers must fit a system to the talent they have on the roster IMO. I believe Mitro will be very successful at Fulham if that happens.

          • Tim Boddy

            I want Townsend back. Murphy is a bit too raw yet. We need experience on the flanks. Getting Kenedy back is a positive, and signing Dubravka permanently too. I’d like us to keep Matt Ritchie. Other than that, who knows?

          • Tim Boddy

            Loftus-Cheek on loan would be good, given that we seem to be a ‘loan from Chelsea’ club these days.

          • Mike Adam

            I like Loftus-Cheek, but we can’t loan a second player from Chelsea can we? I don’t have much faith that Diame can play a season the way he did in the second half. we should buy Loftue-Cheek he would provide good competition in the middle that Rafa loves.

          • Tim Boddy

            Be nice.

        • Geordiegiants

          We lost Merino because other players were playing better and Rafa went with them. So hold on we I’ll drop one of our best players just to keep him happy in the HOPE he might come good?

          • Mike Adam

            Hayden is one of the club’s best players who was playing better than Merino? Wow then we really are in trouble! Again we will agree to disagree. Lets see how the 31 year old SloMo plays this season, as the experts said about Merino part of a season proves nothing. We’ve lost a very good young talent in Merino, IMO.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Stick to MLS

          • Mike Adam

            Wow, what a profound statement from a mental midget like you, who when discussing football brings up “school shootings in America”, absolutely pathetic. If you want to insult me fine, but what a pathetic excuse of a human being brings up things like that?????

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You shouldn’t have to tried be clever with your snarky comment, go to s trump rally or something you bore

          • Mike Adam

            But I did you pathetic human being, grow up. We are discussing football, not life and death. You should be embarrassed for saying that. All you are doing is showing who you really are! Do you even discuss football, or just insult people and make yourself look classless?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’re raging 😂😂😂

            It’s not my fault that those things are American past times

          • Mike Adam

            “American past times” you are truely pathetic. I am not raging, those are your words, I am just calling a spade a spade!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Calling me a spade, that’s disgusting

          • Mike Adam

            That is not what the saying means, it means calling someone what they really are, a spade when seen is obviously a spade, you for saying what you said are pathetic.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            This has really wound you up, it’s tough to see. Bet you going to escape to your bunker and clean your guns in rage

          • Mike Adam

            Not really Des, I could care less what a classless human being like you has to say. It is funny how you and Jezza and some others talk about trolls and winding people up. Since you “have out trolled the trolls” again I will congratulate you! Since that is your goal on here. I am here to talk football.
            Maybe you are just still upset over June 29th 1950 in Brazil.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I wasn’t alive then so I can’t be upset at what ever it was that happened

          • Mike Adam

            Either was I but I know what happend. Ask a mate, get educated, and treat your fellow human beings alittle better and don’t be such a hater. The only thing that I get wound up about is ignorance and watching some good football.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’re really emotional aren’t you?

          • Geordiegiants

            No not Hayden, Slomo or Shelvey, who should Rafa of dropped to keep Merino happy? As you have just said it Rafas fault he is gone.

          • Mike Adam

            Merino wasn’t even on the bench most matches in the second half, Hayden was. That maybe “could have” kept him happy. Without him in the first half, while SloMO and Shelvey were finding their way we may have secured even fewer points which could have contributed to being relegated.

    • Tim Boddy

      “So what, send him out on the next train please!!!”

      You sound like a lovely bloke, Mike.

      Isaac Hayden is a good lad who always put a shift in.

      • Mike Adam

        Just my opinion of him as a player, nothing personal mate, just banter. Many good lads can’t play football very well. It is amusing to me how some people, not you, but some people critisized Merino for wanting to leave, and he was a great, young talent IMO, but when this journeyman wants to leave almost everyone is, oh Hayden what a good lad and always put in a shift hate to see him go and good luck. And Tim, thanks for the comlement, I am a lovely bloke!

        • Tim Boddy

          Err, Hayden is 23. He’s not a journeyman. Trained at Southend, then Arsenal. One loan at Hull, then joined us. Hardly a journeyman. I’m sorry to see Merino go to, but I trust Rafa. Rafa loves Isaac Hayden. Rafa knows a lot about football. Nuff said.

          • Mike Adam

            I know Rafa loves Hayden, that is part of the reason we lost Merino in my opinion. No it’s not “Nuff said” when are some of you blokes going to realize that all managers make mistakes and that includes Rafa. Yes he is a great manager and World class and won the Champions League and on and on, but he is human and makes mistakes. He failed at Real Madrid and Zidane won the Champions League, does that make Zidane a better manager than Rafa? No, just the better manager for that team at that time.

          • Tim Boddy

            “when are some of you blokes going to realize that all managers make mistakes”

            Err, I know that. Rafa didn’t make a mistake. Hayden was an excellent Championship player, and a more than decent Premier League squad player. Professional, consistent, dedicated. What more could he give?

          • Mike Adam

            Exactly, that is my point. Anyway mate, I respect your opinion, we just differ on the value of Hayden to the club, that’s all. Howay the lads

          • Tim Boddy

            Aye, all the best.

            Here’s a definition of ‘journeyman’ for your future use: Older player, usually 30+. Will have played for at least 8 to 10 clubs, usually including a few loans and lower league clubs. Never top quality, but generally useful.

            Hayden played for 4 clubs in total, with 2 of them as a youth trainee (Southend, Arsenal – played a few times), 1 loan (Hull), and then us. He’s 23. That’s not a journeyman, man.

          • Mike Adam

            No, you defined “journeyman” perfectly = “never top quality, but generally useful”. So answer me this, what Super Des said to me was alright??? You know what he said first because you quoted what I said in response. That is when I became aggressive and insulting and only after. Also, did you ever tell him or others on here be less aggressive and insulting? Their main goal is to get others stirred up with their comments, they are the true trolls.

          • Mike Adam

            If you are not going to answer my qusetion, then don’t preach to me about being less aggressive and insulting. As I said to Des, I “call a spade a spade”. Look it up if you don’t know what the saying means.

          • Tim Boddy

            But you ARE aggressive and insulting. Re-read your posts. And of course I know what ‘call a spade a spade’ means. Why would I have given you the impression that I did not know that?

          • Mike Adam

            I guess there is no telling you anything, it started on a different thread, you are not seeing the entire exchange of comments. Do you get it? Yes, I am agressive and insulting after his oringinal comment to me, “not got something productive to do on a Saturday in America, like a school shooting?”. Get it now? man

          • Tim Boddy

            Yeah, I agree. That’s was a crass, insensitive thing to say for someone to say to you. Idiotic.

          • Tim Boddy

            What question? Des said: “Stick to MLS”. You called him a “mental midget”. That’s an insult.

          • Mike Adam

            Again, you don’t have all the comments in front of you. They are not just from this thread, so again go back and look at my past posts and how I have called for more respect on here for a long time. So don’t judge me when you don’t know the whole story.

  • Billmag

    Bit harsh some of the comments on here, the lad has been a model professional he’s never rocked the boat as far as I know, c’mon Geordie people are better than that surely.

  • Tynewalker

    A decent player and a decent man. Still had potential and we may regret his departure.
    Could do with more respect and decency on this site.

    • Duh

      I was a little suspicious when wenger let him go and even did so with no hard feeling or bitterness.

      That suspects he predicted his future potential to be limited.

    • nufcslf

      Other than for the fat c**t that has made a complete joke of his club. He deserves no respect whatsoever.

  • Wezza

    There is more cash for MA and less for Rafa to spend!
    Good luck to Hayden though, he has been solid for us.

  • Vodkamagpie

    A big blow, very useful player to have as 4th choice central midfield, also able cover at center back. Young, low wages, understands team tactics and teammates. Finding a replacement to be happy in haydens current pecking order, will be extremely difficult. Once again most fans on here show lack of appreciation and understanding of the importance of squad players

    • Mark Davies

      Disagree mate. Kids very average. If he goes it one thats easily replaceable. What i dont get is any thought of selling ritchie. Mayne itll be a positive, if ki was merinos replacement who i thought was miles better than hayden, maybe now kicwill replace hayden and we may sign a better player

      • Vodkamagpie

        Not sure ki will be happy as 4th choice. Another negative of hayden leaving, he was a good bench player, can play CM, CB

  • GlasgowMag

    Probably right move for his career path to get more game time closer to his home. I’m not going to slag the boy played well when needed, just say good luck for the future mate!!!

  • MadMag83

    I wonder who’s available on a free or a loan to replace him?

    • Martin Rooney

      Jack may be going no where

      • MadMag83

        He’s like a new signing!

      • Duh

        Oh, I think he’s on his way out, Rafa can always bring in a Gamez like replacement for Hayden and colback cheaply from Spain if he just needs bodies.

        These positions are not the hard ones to fill, it’s the potential game changers that are the hard ones.

  • Vodkamagpie

    A big blow, very useful player to have as 4th choice central midfield, also able cover at center back. Young, low wages, understands team tactics and teammates. Finding a replacement to be happy in haydens current pecking order, will be extremely difficult. Once again most fans on here show lack of appreciation and understanding of the importance of squad players

    • MadMag83

      Are you surprised? Same people that were constantly moaning about the likes of Diame and Dummett. We are where we are (due to ineptitude at the top), we’d all love to have a squad full of world class players, but reality dictates that Rafa has to build a squad on a tight budget, and players like Hayden are essential to it.

  • Hughie

    Never very impressed. Lacks anything special and probably more Champioship than PL quality. Not likely to command anything like the 10 million fee being quoted

    • Duh

      Journeyman IMO

  • Foggy

    Great character to have at the club. Understand why he wants to leave. Np. If we can get another 10 mill. Toward a class striker then fine by me.

  • I’ve got the Ki

    It’s no wonder young British players find it hard to establish themselves, when you look at the disproportionate criticism they get. I’m thinking about some of the clog Jacob Murphy gets on here, too. Given no leeway at all. If Isaac’s surname was Haydinho he wouldn’t get half as much stick. Sad.

    Someone below even suggested that we’ll be better of with Saivet in his place. Really very strange.

  • nufcslf

    What total sh*t club. Lucky to finish tenth with a reward of 124m quid and still the stupid f**king owner won’t spent money. Go and f**k yourself comes to mind. Why Rafa is going to put up with another season of headlines like this and made to look a fool is beyond me.

  • Tim Boddy

    What a shame. Lovely bloke, always put a solid shift in. By all accounts a positive influence in the dressing room. All the best for the future, Isaac, and thank you.