With the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern enjoying life back in the Premier League, their collective mood turned slightly sour of late.
Indeed, it was nothing to do with the team itself, rather the fact that Aleksandar Mitrovic was linked with a January move to Brighton and Hove Albion.
While the Serbia star has never really enjoyed a run of games as a guaranteed first-team starter under Rafa Benitez, he’s a hugely popular figure amongst the Geordie contingent in our bar and the idea of him departing for what could be a relegation battle seriously annoyed our punters.
So, comments from Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas have at least lightened the mood somewhat. Taking to Twitter, he poured cold water on suggestions Mitro could leave, claiming the club already rejected interest in the forward over the course of the summer window.
Selling Mitrovic to Brighton would an absolutely stupid idea, even for Mike Ashley. Newcastle are struggling for goals right now and the sight of seeing a man who could help in that regard strut his stuff elsewhere would be as damaging as it would be gutting.