Newcastle go in search of their first points of the Premier League season this weekend when they travel to face Tottenham.
And the Magpies’ official website have confirmed that Mike Dean will be the referee for that trip to north London, his third straight London assignment of the season.
Dean last refereed Newcastle this April, handing out five yellow cards in the 1-1 draw away at Brighton in the closing weeks of last season.
He will be assisted by the pair of Daniel Robathan and Mark Scholes, while Graham Scott will be the fourth official – Anthony Taylor is on the VAR.
But many Newcastle fans took to Twitter to bemoan the fact that Dean is the referee, not expecting too much in the way of a result or decisions.
Dean is one of the more eccentric referees in the Premier League and many supporters feel that an already tough assignment has been made even tougher by his appointment in charge.
There isn’t a great deal of optimism around Newcastle at the moment anyway, but Dean’s presence has made the supporters even less confident of getting an unlikely result.
So we play spurs with a ref who supports spurs nice one
— NuFc For LIFE (@ToonBarmy59) August 20, 2019
Ah for f pic.twitter.com/yc9QgcrQ1n
— Crowy (@Crowy96) August 20, 2019
2 footed dropkick tackle by Kane, 3 foot off the ground, right in front of the ref… ruling Joelinton out for the season, Deano waves it away. Kane slips on a half eaten steak bake 10 yards outside the box, penalty to Spurs… red card for Shelvey, Schar, and half the stadium.
— Kris (@geordiekris83) August 20, 2019
Guaranteed penalty for Kane. Embarrassing
— Miggys Best Mate (@MiggySzn) August 20, 2019
The Mike Dean show
— DJAddison (@AddisonDj) August 20, 2019
5+ home goals on sky bet, get on it now!!!!
— Samuel Brown (@sammyb9999ipad1) August 20, 2019
Congrats on the win Spurs!
— Jonathan Heide (@JonzyYT) August 20, 2019
That’s that then
— Doreen Hornsby (@mummydozza) August 20, 2019
3 pens and a red card on the way, can only mean 1 thing, it's the MIKE DEAN SHOW #NUFC
— Andrew Burdis (@burdis80) August 20, 2019