Isaac Hayden is desperate to leave Newcastle United.

The 23 year old says ‘I have done my bit for the club. I helped the club get promoted and I helped the club stay in the Premier League last season.’

Hayden says that it is down to personal reasons and claims it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

His daughter was born midway through last season and Isaac Hayden believes family must always come first.

It wasn’t difficult to guess that something was up last season, as after starting 14 Premier League matches up to the end of December, the former Arsenal player only made one more start after the new year – at Man City where Rafa played a changed line-up and formation for damage limitation/trying to sneak a point.

Isaac Hayden states that he told the club he wanted to leave as soon as the season was finished. For most of us, it would be a giant leap of faith to believe that Mike Ashley and his minions would be moved by any issues a member of his staff were having  in their personal life.

In this total mess of a club, stuck in the middle as usual is Rafa Benitez.

In a summer where Mike Ashley is obviously making life as difficult as possible for the manager to bring any signings in at all, with no transfer budget and doubts even as to just how much of any sale price for players Rafa will get to spend now, his squad is threadbare enough as it is when it comes to players capable of performing in the Premier League.

I think Hayden did a decent job in the Championship but has shown very little so far to suggest he is a first team regular in the top tier, a squad player for me, but a useful one.

Even if Rafa was willing to let him go, you then have the hurdle of Mike Ashley’s insistence on crazy transfer valuations when players are up for sale.

I have seen a lot of reports mentioning Isaac Hayden being valued at £10m but even in today’s market, I don’t see how you could think he is worth more than five or six million.

Isaac Hayden says that if does end up staying he is a professional and will continue to do his best but surely the reality is that keeping unhappy players at a club rarely works out well.

As for the Newcastle fans, I’m guessing most of us will have conflicting emotions. Sympathy for Hayden if there are issues with his daughter and that she appears to be living in London, a few hundred miles away.

However, at the same time fans would say that he knew Newcastle was at the opposite end of the country to where his family are based and that we all know things can come along and interfere in our lives, making them more difficult. Throughout the season players do have time off between matches and I’m sure the club/Rafa would be prepared to allow the player to be away for a couple of days each week.

Many Newcastle fans don’t have any choice and many job demand that people work away all week, or in the case of others are away for months at a time if in the armed forces, or in the merchant navy etc.

Rafa Benitez has been forced to give 20 year old midfielder Sean Longstaff game time in the friendlies and delay his move on loan to Portsmouth, just in case…

Hopefully a solution can be found but if not, maybe they can work towards a January departure and in the meantime Isaac Hayden will be motivated to show on the pitch that he deserves to play, which could also see him earn a move to a decent level team.

Isaac Hayden:

“The club know my stance (and I want to leave).

“I spoke to them at the start of the summer.

“I spoke to the manager.

“I spoke to the club.

“I let them know about the situation.

“I have done my bit for the club. I helped the club get promoted and I helped the club stay in the Premier League last season.

“I just hope that they can find a solution to help me with my situation.

“If not, I’m a professional, so I’m going to do my job, but they know my stance. It’s not changed.

“It was definitely a massive ordeal with the birth (of my daughter during last season) and it was difficult in December. That month in December and January was difficult.

“It is about managing the off the field things and getting on with things on the field. I think I did that well enough. It was a tough time, because she wasn’t well when she was born.

“She was in hospital for nearly two weeks in London, so it was difficult to manage the distance and the gap. Obviously, it was worrying times when you’re a dad and your daughter has just been born.

“It (wanting to leave) is a decision I didn’t come to very easily but it was a decision I had to make.

“Football is obviously important to me, but family’s a completely different ball game, and, for me, family takes precedence over football.

“I didn’t want to have to make the decision I made but I felt there was no other alternative.

“I spoke with the club about it at the start of the off-season so they had plenty of time to be aware of it, but things haven’t materialised how I hoped they’d materialise, but like I said, I’m still a professional. Whatever happens at the end of the window, I have to deal with it.

“My stance hasn’t changed…the club know my stance hasn’t changed. It’s just about trying to find a solution which works best for the football club and works best for me.

“I have done my bit over the last two years to get this football club back kind of where it belongs in the top 10 of the Premier League, I just hope they recognise that and help me with a solution.”



  • ghostrider

    If the lad wants out then he should be let go……BUT…..only if there’s a club willing to match whatever valuation he has, plus his wages.
    I have sympathy for him in one respect in terms of his family….but we can’t just cancel his contract and allow him to just make his own choices to walk into whatever club is closer to home for him.

  • Lewis SG

    What’s so bad about living in Newcastle. At least it’s quiet.

    Anyway, no point keeping someone against his wishes. He is a decent player but his contributions have been average at best.

    • Leazes.

      His whole family live in London which is a large city south of Yorkshire somewhere.

  • Paul Patterson

    Double edged sword this whole north/south thing.
    I personally would hate to live in/around London. I love being out of the way and in a village or a small town environment.
    I’ve said before (and people probably won’t believe me) but offer me £30k a week to play for Newcastle or £60k to play for Watford or the like and I’d stay ‘poor’ on the £30k than move down there.
    Isaac Hayden is the other way around, so we have to respect his wishes and let him move for a reasonable price.

    • Leazes.

      A players career is ten years…. doubling your money in effect is a ‘no brainer’ to use the vernacular.

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, but when you’re on these kind of sums, you can dictate your own happiness. It’s not like a regular worker on £20k a YEAR being offered £40k a YEAR. Anyone including me would have to do that kind of swap and just live with it. But in footballers worlds – happy on £30k a week or miserable on £60k a week. I’d take the former . .

      • ghostrider

        A players career is hardly 10 years. More like 20 from boy to player retirement.
        They are still picking up more money as a boy than the average working person is. it’s still a paying career.

        But guess what?
        Their lives do not stop because their professional footballing life stops.
        They can move into punditry or coaching or even management…not to mention their own business with the money they made in those playing years…which…in many cases…overall, is about 30/40/50 etc, times the annual wage of the average working person, to save from.

  • Leicester Mag

    Not a huge amount of empathy as when finished Uni in NE had no choice but to move. Still stuck here 25yrs and counting still working on a move to Seahouses 😀

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If he`s unhappy & has personal problems then let him go.
    It`s only a game

    • Leazes.

      Thing is when a player says they want to spend more time with their family it usually means they’ve been tapped up by another club. May as well sell him .

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        No good keeping an unhappy player

  • RAFmag

    I would be more sympathetic if he said he wanted to move because of professional reasons as he is not getting game time. He really is in the wrong profession if he only wants to live/work in certain parts of the UK.

    • Leazes.

      Man City didn’t come in for him then.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Aye it must be so hard for him living so far away in furthest reaches of England getting paid very handsomely. If only we all had those problems

  • Squintytoonarmy

    No time for this – he can pay a driver to have him in london in 3 hrs or a copter in an hour. Get shot and hope he enjoys QPR or alike

    • Paul Patterson

      Totally missing the point.

    • Squintytoonarmy

      The point is…

    • Callum

      Whats the driver driving? A train?

      • Squintytoonarmy

        He could easily afford 1st class then

  • Wor Lass

    There`s absolutely no problem with a player deciding they want to move and there will be no problem from the manager`s point of view either. He didn`t kick on last season and isn`t exactly a vital cog. The vast majority of fans will have no problem with it either – there`s no point in keeping a player who isn`t 100% committed. No, the only problem will be the Fat Bar Steward`s valuation which will be too high. This is exacerbated (as shown by the Mitro situation) by the fact that – due to his insane insistence on sales before buying and wanting installments only – every buying club knows that Rafa is desperate to generate sales so they haggle accordingly. He`s supposed to be a great business mind and some sort of uber gambler but he`s made Rafa spread all his cards face up on the table. Idiot!

  • GToon

    Hope his family are ok. However I’m guessing he gets paid enough to support them so why can’t they move up here for a couple of years? I’m sure they could live a good life for a few years in clean air, nice countryside etc so what’s the problem? If he did well Ashley would sell him. That’s guaranteed.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Thing is id totally understand his stance if his family lived in Quito or Montevideo….not a 45 minute flight away

      • simonjames60

        maybe any number of reasons.
        daughters health needs, social support/ friends for mother of child , unplanned child care / support.

        If all his and his wife’s family are based in London then moving wife and daughter to Newcastle may isolate them from a social newtowrk they are dependent on

        • SuperDesHamilton

          But he was at Hull before us you’d think he would of factored all of these things into account before he came here.

          • simonjames60

            His daughter born this year.

            He may have planned the arrival of his child to the exact day and month and accepted being here at the time.

            But its not an exact science.

            He may not have planned it this soon. who knows?

            I think its very unlikely that he planned for her to be not in full health

  • 1957

    While he had been with us he has got involved with a local charity and was the first team player you were most likely to see at u23/youth team games, he wasn’t one of the senior players who just turned up for the official club organised events.

    If he wants to leave for whatever reason fine, but we should expect at least what we paid for him.

    • Wor Lass

      Spot on comments.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Yep, I’ve heard some good things about him in his time here outside football.

      I can understand his reason, mainly that he wants to play but we also deserve a good price for him (& I’d suggest a % of sell on)

  • Billmag

    While I sympathize with Hayden’s problems, I would take issue with his quote of doing his bit for NUFC, isn’t that what you get well paid for to actually do more than your bit, anyway good luck whichever path you take in football.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Done his bit 😂😂😂😂

    Oh no! Let’s all bow down & lick your a*** because you done your job (very poorly) that you’re paid handsomely to do

  • robbersdog

    FFS just let him go! Who cares? He’s a bit out of his depth anyway, we’ll get a few million for him, and we can sign a replacement on a free transfer from a relegated team in the Kazakhstan second division. And that’s if Ashley’s in a generous mood.

  • mentalman

    Its amazing how quickly our fans turn on a player

  • London_Mag

    Hes been a good lad and always tried his best. I don’t think we can ask for more of anyone. If he wants to go back to Cockneyland then we should let him but not before rafa is happy that we are sorted with the team.

  • Down Under Mag

    As long as a club comes in for him with a sensible offer then yes, i’m sure he will be allowed to go. He won’t be allowed to leave for nothing just because he asks nicely and plays the family card. He did do his part for us so no hard feelings, I wish him all the best and hopefully someone comes in for him soon so both parties can move on.

  • Peter C

    He’s said that he’s done his bit, over the last two years, but he’s forgetting that he’s been paid very handsomely for doing so.

    I sympathize if he has family problems, but there are many other families, who have the same or if not more difficult problems than his, whatever his maybe.

    My all means let him move back nearer to where he belongs, as long as the club is not adversely affected, that is, a suitable replacement is found first.

    Because it’s in nones interests, let alone the club, to keep players who are unhappy and no longer want to play for it.

    I hope a speedy resolution to the situation for both parties can be found, and wish him well for the future, but not, if or when he comes up against Newcastle.

    All the best

    Isaac