Jamal Lewis has told The Chronicle that he consulted two players and one ex-player before making the move to St James’ Park.
The £15 million signing from Norwich reveals he spoke to Tim Krul and Grant Hanley about moving to Newcastle, while he also asked Steve Harper about the Magpies ahead of making the switch.
Interestingly, Lewis notes that Krul is still ‘so fond’ of the club, despite the messy way in which things ended.
The Chronicle quote the Irishman as saying: ‘Tim’s told me a lot, a lot of stories that I’ve enjoyed listening to. He’s so fond of Newcastle, he loves coming here. Once he found out, he was delighted for me.’
The Netherlands international told The Times that he just wanted to be treated with respect, after Rafa Benitez told him he was no longer needed and made him train with the academy.
The Times quote the shot-stopper as saying: ‘I shouldn’t have been put in the Academy. I just wanted to be treated with respect. At least let me train with the first team.’
Krul eventually joined Brighton and then Norwich, where he was a teammate of Lewis’ – the pair helped the Canaries earn promotion under Daniel Farke in 2018/19.
Despite the turbulent way in which Benitez forced Krul out of St James’ Park, it is pleasing to see that he doesn’t hold any hard feelings towards the club and remains fond of the Toon Army.
The 32-year-old made 185 appearances for the Magpies, keeping 53 clean sheets.
He is somewhat of a cult hero on Tyneside having spent 11 years at the club – it was terrible to see Benitez treat him so disgracefully.
While nothing can undo the Spaniard’s actions, this small update from Lewis on Krul’s views towards the club is pleasing to see.