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Daryl Horgan on Newcastle “A new manager, bought a £40m player and still the fans aren’t happy”

5 months ago
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Daryl Horgan could have ended up a Newcastle player, if reports back in 2016 could be believed.

Ahead of the January 2017 window, the Magpies were one of a number of team regularly linked with the winger.

He was starring for Dundalk at the time, both he and the team making headlines with an impressive run of results in the Europa League.

However, Newcastle didn’t make a single signing in that transfer window as Mike Ashley blocked Rafa buying or even loaning anybody, whilst Daryl Horgan signed for Preston.

In August 2018 the Republic of Ireland international then moved on to Hibernian and now is set to play against NUFC on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).

Obviously the current situation at St James Park is making headlines beyond Tyneside and Daryl Horgan declares: ‘Newcastle are a huge club. They have got a new manager, bought a £40m player and still the fans aren’t happy.’

After a poor defeat to a very limited Preston team on Saturday, with very few chances created, Steve Bruce will be hoping for a big improvement.

The club have been starved of proper investment in the team/squad once again this summer and as it stands, Newcastle have lost half a dozen first team squad players including the top two scorers last season. Whilst with only 10 days until transfer deadline, only 22 year old Brazilian Joelinton has came in.

Hibernian ended up mid-table last season, 33 points off the top, and represent a lower level than Saturday’s  opponents Preston, anything but a morale boosting commanding win and performance will put further pressure on Steve Bruce with the new season looming.

Daryl Horgan talking to the Edinburgh Evening News:

“Newcastle are a huge club.

“They have got a new manager, bought a £40m player and still the fans aren’t happy.

“But they do have quality players, guys who will be hungry to impress their new manager and show they are raring to go with their season just round the corner as well.

“It will help put that edge to our game.

“We are fit but this will be a real challenge.

“I don’t know what the manager’s plans are for the game, but there’s no doubt, and no disrespect to the teams we have been playing [in the Betfred Cup], this is a level up.

“It’s been a bit unusual, having to win competitive games at a time when we’ve been very much in pre-season with new players bedding in.

“It’s about getting your minutes on the pitch, getting your fitness but, at the same time, trying to win games which, to be honest, I think is great.

“Everyone wants a competitive game. Sometimes when it’s a friendly, there isn’t that edge.

“No-one wants to be that Premiership side that is on the end of an upset and gets knocked out and thankfully we’ve made our way through.”

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