Newcastle United's players report back as fans react angrily to club tweet

Newcastle United’s players reported back for the start of pre-season training today.

By Miles Starforth
Thursday, 04 July, 2019, 11:45
Jamaal Lascelles.

They were welcomed back by Academy coaches Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson, who have taken temporary charge following the exit of Rafa Benitez.

Jack Colback and Dwight Gayle – who spent last season out on loan – were among those who reported back to the club for fitness testing. Those players who have been on international duty this summer, including Miguel Almiron, will return later this month.

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Newcastle tweeted photographs of a clutch of returning players with the captain “the lads are back!”. The tweet drew a negative reaction from fans angered by Benitez’s departure and the imminent sale of Ayoze Perez to Leicester City for £30million.

United head to China next week for the Premier League Asia Trophy, which also features Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.

Matt Ritchie.