Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is often accused of lacking the necessary ambition that’s needed to get the club competing in Europe.
This is reflected in the transfer market as they’re not usually very active when it comes to recruiting talent capable of playing for the first team.
However, with that said they’ve managed to survive in the Premier League ever since Rafael Benitez helped them to promotion from the EFL Championship in 2017.
Let’s now take a look at the dependability of the club’s journalists and media sources when it comes to transfer news.
Newcastle transfer tier of reliability
|Name||Media Outlet / Country||Tier Ranking||Reliability Rating|
|Official Club Source||www.nufc.com||Tier 0|
|BBC Sport||United Kingdom||Tier 1|
|George Caulkin||The Athletic||Tier 1|
|Chris Waugh||The Athletic||Tier 1|
|Craig Hope||Daily Mail||Tier 2|
|Pete Graves||Sky Sports||Tier 2|
|Alan Nixon||Daily Mirror||Tier 2|
|Keith Downie||Sky Sports||Tier 3|
|Lee Ryder||The Chronicle||Tier 4|
|Simon Bird||The Mirror||Tier 4|
|Luke Edwards||The Telegraph||Tier 4|
|Mark Douglas||Chronicle Live||Tier 5|
|Louis Taylor||The Guardian||Tier 5|
George Caulkin – formerly of The Times – has been reporting on football within the North East region of England for a very long time.
His coverage of Newcastle transfers can be trusted, along with BBC Sports as well.
Chris Waugh also features in tier 1.
I’d highly advise to stick to those in tier 1 as there’s usually a lot of smoke when news about incoming signings gets out.
This is because Mike Ashley is normally accused of feeding false transfer stories to the media as a way of keeping the fanbase happy, especially whenever news of takeover bids falling through come to light.