Oh No! Not The Wonga Arena?
Well we've all been guessing who would become the new sponsor of Newcastle United. Now we know ...
Wonga, the payday lender, is in detailed talks with Mike Ashley. Wonga, which has faced criticism for its high interest rates, is poised to replace Virgin Money from the start of the 2013/14 season.
So if they aren't popular NOW ... wait until they rename St James' Park!
They will face the "Mackem Sugar Puffs" syndrome that swept across Wearside when Kevin Keegan appeared in an advert with the Honey Monster (who was wearing a Toon shirt) and Mackems refused to eat the breakfast cereal.
Will any Toon fan get a loan from Wonga after this?
The consumer finance company, which has faced criticism for its high interest rates, is poised to replace Virgin Money from the start of the 2013/14 season.
The Sunday Telegraph understands Wonga will sponsor both the shirts and the club's stadium in a deal believed to be worth £8m a year.
The deal had not yet been finalised, but it is understood that it should be signed within a fortnight.
It is expected the deal will begin from the start of the 2013 season, and last for an initial three years.
The stadium, named the Sports Direct Arena after Mr Ashley's sportswear retailer, will be renamed Wonga.
Wonga is shirt sponsor for Championship side Blackpool, in a deal which currently runs until the end of the 2012/2013 season.
News of the impending Newcastle sponsorship comes as Wonga filed detailed accounts for the year ended December 2011 at Companies House.
The numbers – providing a greater insight than the headline figures released last month – show that the company's cash balances were just shy of £135m at the end of December 2011. The overall cash position rose by £41m in the year, despite also paying off debts of £9.5m, meaning it is now debt-free.
A Wonga spokesman did not comment.TOON FIXTURE CHANGES
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CARDIFF CITY 4 NEWCASTLE 1 (Shola Ameobi pen)Krul, Simpson, Coloccini (Williamson 46), Steven Taylor (Gosling 63), Santon, Obertan (Campbell 83), Tiote (Amalfitano 71) , Gutiérrez, Marveaux (Vuckic 46), R Taylor (Perch 28), Shola Ameobi.
HARTLEPOOL 1 NEWCASTLE 5 (Shola Ameobi, Marveaux 2, Obertan, Vuckic)Harper (Alnwick 82), Simpson (Good 72), Tavernier, Williamson, S.Taylor (Vuckic 46), Perch (R.Taylor 72), Gosling, Amalfitano (Santon 80), Marveaux (Obertan 78), Sh.Ameobi (Ben Arfa 46), Bigirimana (Abeid 59).
DEN HAAG 0 NEWCASTLE 0Krul; S Taylor (Gosling 65), R Taylor (Perch 71), Coloccini, Santon (Simpson 80); Obertan (Bigirimana 71), Tiote (Ameobi 71), Vuckic (Williamson 65), Gutierrez; Ba (Amalfitano 82), Cisse
BRAGA 1 NEWCASTLE 2 (Ba, R Taylor)Harper; Simpson, Tavernier, Coloccini, R.Taylor; Sammy Ameobi (Obertan 88), Tiote (Cabaye 70), Gutierrez, Marveaux; Cisse, Ba (Vuckic 85).
OLYMPIACOS 1 NEWCASTLE 1 (S Taylor)Krul, Perch, Williamson, S.Taylor (Dummett 46), Santon, Obertan (Sammy Ameobi 72), Bigirimana, Gosling (Abeid 36), Amalfitano, Vuckic, Shola Ameobi (Cisse 72).
FENERBAHCE 1 NEWCASTLE 1 (Abeid)Elliot, Simpson (Santon 68), Tavernier, Coloccini, R Taylor, Tiote (Bigirimana 59), Gosling (Abeid 73), Obertan (Shola Ameobi 75), Marveuax (Gutierrez 59), Vuckic (Sammy Ameobi 46), Ba (Cisse 68).
MONACO 0 NEWCASTLE 1 (Ba)Harper, Santon (Ryan Taylor 57), Simpson, Williamson (Perch 46), Gutierrez, Amalfitano (Obertan 62), Abeid (Tavernier 46), Bigirimana (Tiote 62), Sammy Ameobi (Vuckic 46), Shola Ameobi (Gosling 62), Ba (Marveaux 78)
CHEMNITZER 1 NEWCASTLE 0Elliot; Tavernier (Simpson, 70), Williamson, Perch, R Taylor (Santon, 70); Obertan (Gutierrez, 77), Abeid (Bigirimana, 70), Gosling, Amalfitano; Vuckic (Shola Ameobi, 70), Sammy Ameobi (Ba, 77). Sub not used: Harper.
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