Mark Gillespie could make his first appearance for the Magpies on Sunday as Newcastle prepares to tackle Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final.
However, it is not a cleared route for the 30-year-old to Eddie Howe’s starting lineup at Wembley; it will be a two-horse race between him and the third-in-command Loris Karius.
The Magpies’ top choice Nick Pope is out of the way following suspension while Martin Dubravka is cup-tied.
Mark Gillespie will now battle it out with Karius to make the starting lineup against the in-form Manchester United. Nevertheless, as some pundits argue, Gillespie is still miles down from Karius in Eddie Howe’s pecking order and may not likely make the Magpies starting lineup.
For two-and-half years, he has not featured for the team and last made his appearance for the club in a Carabao Cup win over Newport County in 2020.
Shockingly, Gillespie has not allowed his dwarfed standing at Newcastle to trap his lifestyle outside the pitch. He leads a glam lifestyle outside of football and has been spotted in exotic outings and adventures despite his diminished payroll at the Magpies as a reserve goalkeeper.
Who is Mark Gillespie?
Born on 27 March 1992 in Newcastle England, Mark Gillespie is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Newcastle United.
He started his youth career in 2000 at Newcastle United before moving to Carlisle United in 2008, where he was groomed into a full-blown professional footballer.
He made his first senior club appearance for Carlisle United in 2010 and had gone on to make 167 appearances for the club in his seven years spell.
During his spell with Carlisle, he was sent on loan to Blyth Spartan, where he made 9 appearances. Gillespie played for Wallsall, Motherwell, and Newcastle before joining Newcastle United in 2020.
Mark Gillespie’s Lifestyle and Net Worth
Mark Gillespie last made his appearance for Newcastle United in a 4-5 penalty shootout win over Newport County in the EFL Cup in September 2020.
Since then, he has not broken into Eddie Howe’s starting lineup and is fourth on the Newcastle goalkeeper’s pecking order.
Despite his low ranking at St James’ Park, Gillespie’s lifestyle has been a subject of media talks. The English football star has no scruples when it comes to parading his glam lifestyle and toned body on social media.
The Magpies’ goalie loves traveling and having a nice time with his friends and closest pals.
He has gone on trips to the most exotic recreational hubs in Dubai, Paris, and New York.
Contract and Net Worth
Gillespie is ranked low on Newcastle’s goalkeeper list and earns less on the club’s payroll. His weekly earning at the club is £11,500 which adds up to £600,000 every year. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated at £2m.
Gillespie’s lover is Missus Sally. According to reports, the duo have been dating for eight years. Sally is an interior designer and is known to keep a modest profile on the media, unlike Mark Gillespie.
They welcomed their first child, Minime, in 2020 and have been living happily together.