This is why Mike Ashley owes Sean and Matty Longstaff

Mike Ashley should sort the Longstaff brothers out with new contracts – it’s the least he could do.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th October 2019, 5:45 pm

For the first time in a long time neither Ashley nor Steve Bruce are dominating the headlines on Tyneside.

Instead, Matty and Sean Longstaff are the talk of the Toon following Newcastle United’s 1-0 home win over Manchester United.

Bruce had been under intense pressure before the game following the club’s 5-0 defeat to Leicester City seven days earlier. The winning goal from Matty Longstaff on what was his Premier League debut has eased some of that pressure. But for how long?

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Graeme Souness always said, as United manager, you’re “only two away from a full-on crisis” if you’re not winning games. Benitez was seemingly the exception that proved that rule.

It's a tough club to manage. Rafa Benitez – who was watching the game from China with interest – managed to keep a lid on things for more than three years, which is remarkable, really.

Bruce – who has abandoned, for now, plans to play a more attacking brand of football – made a bold decision to start 19-year-old Matty against Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side. Newcastle’s head coach deserves credit for a call which got the club a win and changed the narrative, at least for a couple of weeks, on Tyneside.

Newcastle, however, need 10 more wins. It’s just a start. If the Longstaffs, outstanding last weekend, can play like that week in, week out, then the club has a good chance of getting those wins. Sign them up.

Steve Bruce.
Matty Longstaff.