Danny Guthrie and Leon Best have both left Newcastle United for pastures new. Guthrie, 25, has joined Premier League new boys Reading and Best, also 25, has dropped down to the Championship to join Steve Kean’s Blackburn Rovers.

Former Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool midfielder Guthrie was released by the Magpies as he refused a new deal, citing that he wanted to play more first-team football. With the likes of Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye ahead of him, Toon boss Alan Pardew could not guarantee Guthrie as many games as he wanted. The creative midfielder will leave with a good rapport from the Toon Army he leaves behind, as everyone on Tyneside knew he was a valuable squad player who would find it almost impossible to displace one of the excellent pair of Cabaye and Tiote.

There was a thought that Guthrie would play more games in the upcoming season, due to Newcastle fighting on two fronts thanks to their qualification for the Europa League.

However, Guthrie wanted regular football and he should get it at the Madjeski Stadium, as Reading look to re-establish themselves in the top flight under Brian McDermott.

Best is a more surprising departure from St James’ Park and some fans will be sad to see the Ireland international leave. When he joined Newcastle in January of 2010, many thought he would be out of his depth at the Magpies and they were proved right when he failed to find the net with any regularity.

However, Best kept on fighting and scored six goals in ten games at the start of 2011, including a hat-trick against West Ham – his first goals for Newcastle. Injury plagued his progression though and other players soon took his place, meaning the former Coventry striker played sporadically for the Magpies.

Best joins Blackburn for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m and replaces Yakubu for Steve Kean’s side, after the Nigerian opted for a megabucks move to China. Best – like Guthrie – leaves Newcastle with the fans best wishes behind him as he looks to make his mark in the Championship once again.

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  1. RoverTheBendInSussex

    As a Blackburn Rovers fan… Please please please don't use the phrase 'Steve Kean's Blackburn Rovers'… You are making Rovers fans allover the World feel violently sick and they have no idea why???

  2. andy (burnley fan)

    Can not understands bests move to blackburn. Blackburn only got 1million for yakubu and are reportedly paying best alot of money. Strange move on behalf of blackburn. Personally, what ive seen of best, he looks a good player but I couldnt wish him well being a burnley fan 😉


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