John Beresford – Exciting Period For Newcastle Fans

Former Newcastle United star John Beresford doesn’t believe fans need to worry too much this summer that Newcastle Owner, Mike Ashley, will be ready to splash the cash on the right players in the upcoming transfer market.


Mike Ashley – will splash the cash for Kevin

Newcastle fans are well aware that new players are needed at the club, to keep the momentum going, that has built up nicely over the last couple of months.

Kevin Keegan has insisted the best Newcastle can hope for next season is 5th place, and we need some extra quality in our squad to take the team up the league table next season.

If we get 5th, or at least qualify for Europe next season, that will be a great achievement and next year at this time, we can look forward to bigger and better things.

John Beresford also seems upbeat about the club’s situation as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I can’t see Mike Ashley not coming up with the goods.” “When you look at the transfer market over the last few summers there are just so many twists and turns.”

“When a player leaves a club it opens up avenues elsewhere and so on and so forth.” “There is no panic about the situation and I honestly think that Mike will succeed when it comes to the transfers and back his manager.”

“I think that Habib Beye was a great signing for Newcastle and he has proved that with his recent performances.” “We’ve seen flashes of Mark Viduka too, while I hope that there is more to come from the likes of Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.”

“It’s still certainly an exciting period to be a Newcastle fan.”

Good words from John, and Newcastle fans will no doubt try to be upbeat about the club’s situation right now, which could be a lot worse given where we were in early March.

Don’t believe all the news you read in the popular press, most of them are just trying to create another media circus at the club.

Upward and onward.

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • liamtoonbirchy

    May 7, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    splash the cash ash

    dunne 5m
    riise 4m
    swp 10m
    ashton 8m
    diarra 7m
    kompany 8m
    steven davis 4m

  • sirjasontoon

    May 7, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Hello Just want to point out that this blog has lots of tracking cookies are you aware of this ED?

  • Eric

    May 7, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I would have John Beresford, with his fitness expertise, on the coaching staff. Especially for the reserves and youngsters. He knows exactly what KK is on about too. Ashley is not going to mess about with NUFC – he did not get where he is by being a prick did he?

  • Joe Aussie

    May 7, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Why is there so much negativity about Ashley opening his wallet to buy new players. The season hasn’t even finished yet and he has already sanctioned a substantial bid for Luca Modric.It wasn’t his fault that we failed to get the pr**k.If that is not an indication of his intentions what is!

  • nick toon

    May 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    liamtoonbirchy, why wud u pay 5m for dunne when portsmouth hav said that campbell will be leaving and he will be free?

  • Ian

    May 7, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    The negativity seems to all surround one interview when Keegan was commenting on the Chelsea match and that he wouldnt be able to buy a team to match Chelsea, when he mentioned who was looking to come on the pitch ie Cole and others, he said they had two excellent teams.
    This interview after the Chelsea match, talking about Newcastle matching Chelsea seems to be getting mixed up somehow with a later interview purely talking about sales and buying in the Summer.
    The press trying to provoke a response and something to write about no doubt.

  • Eric

    May 7, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Beginning to think Sol Campbell would be a wise acquisition on a free. Better than Dunne and a bargain too. A step up for him from Pompey as well. What about Diarra? He is a defensive midfielder and also a right back. Two birds with one stone – we would have cover for Beye.

  • shearer

    May 7, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    have you heard yhat spurs are in talks with diarra and eto. all the papers are reporting it this evening as well as linking them with capel. how good must it be to support the mighty spurs.

  • HeronMag

    May 7, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9

    If it’s so good to support Spurs ‘shearer’ why do you spend most of your time on a Newcastle United Blog mate? Clearly we’re far more interesting than one of the million clubs in London.

  • Leo

    May 7, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    can diarra move again? he seems to move every window

    if we could get him he would be a good defencive midfielder and a right back when needed

    if we could get veloso in we would similarly have a defencive midfielder and a left back

    sorted haha

  • HeronMag

    May 7, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Good call Eric. Campbell is solid and Diarra seems to be improving. But I would be surprised if he left Portsmouth this quickly though.

  • ToonRich

    May 7, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    nick toon, Campbell is off to spain going by earlier reports…who knows!

  • m.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    i’d love to get ALOU Diarra instead of LASSANA… he’s way better than Butt, a very good holder.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 7, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Mamadou Diarra is better than both. But no chance there.

  • Gordon

    May 7, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Headline has an S missing 😉

  • why the fook are spurs fans on this site slagging the toon off and claiming to be a jewish millionaire stop these pricks from coming on the only thing is they have is more trophies but everything else they are way behind. and claiming that spurs have a bigger fan base and more passionate and vocal fans is fookin crazy they still struggle to fill there little shitty stadium nearly every match and there away support is pretty average. spurs are known around the country as the most knowldgeless fans in the country and when they brag babout there tickets costing double what ours do just shows how small minded they are and if i had 2 mil i would not be sitting on an othere clubs blog. saddddddddddddddddddddddddddddo

  • Stami - PLAY CARROLL

    May 7, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17


    Most goals in a career: 261. Alan Shearer. Most goals in a season (38 games): 31 Alan Shearer. Most goals in a game: 5, joint record with Andrew Cole Alan Shearer. Highest finish by a promoted club: 3rd, joint record:
    Newcastle United (1993-94)
    Nottingham Forest (1994-95)


    May 7, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Doesnt this sound like the Ardiles/Francis/Gross/Pleat/Hoddle spurs sides that we knew and felt embarassed for.

    We are signing him, him, him and oh him and were gonna win the league and the champions league.

    It doesnt matter how big the players reputation is, Woodgate is one of the finest CBs ive ever seen live yet he looks like a sack of shit playing for Spurs as does Robinson who was brilliant at Leeds go to Spurs and look what happens, Bent and Davids show us that despite obvious talent you will be let down by the pigs ear of a squad at North londons 3rd biggest club

    Modric may flop as may any of the other players you mentioned

    You cannot even spell E’toos name right you tit.

    If we did sign Bullard, Dunne etc. that you patronise then we would be signing decent premiership players and we have had lots of success with unproven players like Rob Lee, Andy Cole, Craig Bellamy ETC.

    Take it from me you will fail buying all your squad from abroad and letting good prem players like Lennon and Dawson go, Weve tried and failed many times during our years in the premiership just not as many as Spurs.

  • Bill F

    May 7, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    I am not really bothered about the Spurs pr*ck passing wind on our blog in fact I reckon we should take it as a compliment as he seems to have a need to release the obvious angst that he was born as a spud supporter. I think we can see ourselves as care workers helping the needy in the community. There is obviously something of a freudian nature happening with him, sad but understandable. It is even sadder that he feels the need to use the name of the of a Toon hero, poor chap he needs our pity.

  • ObaFan2

    May 7, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20

    I see Harry (the dodgy) Redknapp has agreed with wor Kev about the “boring” top four in the EPL and £150 million would be minimum to spend to try and compete with them!

  • Leo

    May 7, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #21

    bill that was quite good insight there, are you a phyciatricts phycologist damn i cant spell it lol.

    just noticed ed has put on the side of the wall on the site the comments policy for those to read more easily it goes like this…

    “This site is a family site and I ask all readers to keep their language decent and if another reader doesn’t agree with you that’s no reason to go off the deep end.

    Please refrain from arguments with specific readers online. If this continues I can bar readers from the site, although in the last year I’ve only had to do that with two readers

    Please keep your comments decent.

    It’s difficult for me to vet all the comments going on so if it happens again I would ask readers to CONTACT me alerting me to the situation and I promise you I will handle it quickly.

    Following is our comments policy for the blog and what our aims are that allow supporters to comment freely on the news of the day regarding Newcastle United.

    Thanks. ” (Ed Harrison 2008)

    i in the past have used bad language on hear but have since seen the errors of my ways and now ensure that if i am going to use an explitive i will edit it so only those of a certain nature will understand it. i also try not to have attacks on other bloggers but it is hard sometimes so i will just have to work on that one haha

    lets set an example to the youngsters that are on this blog

  • Petworth Mag

    May 7, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Ireland heading to the unwashed for 8M.
    Good piece of business for them I recon.

    We had our shot at Sol, he’s now off for one final payday at Villereal.

    Spurs can have E’to and Diarra. If ‘Arry wants rid as quick as Jose and Arsene before him then I’d say “stay away”

    With Palacios off to United, Fletcher would be free. Any interest or do we not mind him following Keane to the Stadium of Shitte?

    Appas we have a 20M offer on Werder Bremens desk for a certain Samba boy. Come on toon, amaze me!

  • Spot The Zebra

    May 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Diarra is a good shout.

  • ToonKing

    May 7, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Samba ?? Maybe you meant Sanogo ….in which case i would say ok, get him, he’s not brilliant but a decent big strong striker, has a good-ish goal ratio too………

    PS: i’d like to see Fletcher in black and white……

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    May 7, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #25

    No, he’s dreaming of Diego.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 7, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #26

    I thought Petworth Meg means Diego? Don’t think he will come, but it’s always good trying.

  • ToonKing

    May 7, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #27

    ohhh Samba Boy… it now…….. my bad…..

  • Petworth Mag

    May 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    So Everton need a point to secure 5th place and UEFA cup and we need 1 point to NOT finish with our worst ever point total.

    What are the odds on a tie??

  • Hadji

    May 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Shearer…..No matter who you buy,you’ll always suck.Your team has no heart,no passion.You think by spending big in the last 2 seasons will be recovered by winnin only 1 cup.With the ammount of money you spent in the last 2 seasons(I’m not counting the upcoming one)you should be in the quarter-final of the CL at least.
    We still havent started spending with our new owner but when we do start you’ll be 15 points behind us at least.
    Now why dont you do us all a favour and get the F**K out of our site.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 7, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Personally I think today has been a complete disaster for the club and makes us look more of a circus than ever.
    summarised pretty much here I thought:

  • Rem

    May 7, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Slam Dunc it is all made up rubbish! any intelligent person can see that.
    Keegan leave and wise take over LMAO

  • iain

    May 7, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #32

    lets put things in perspective.

    chelsea have apparently bid 55m quid for sergio ramos of real madrid. thats mad tottally wacko, how can you justify something like that. football is knacked if roman is allowed to carry on as soon not even the world biggest clubs will be able to compete for players, when the next dictionary is out abramovich will be in as a definition of hyperinflation.

    i reckon keegans got the huff becuase he dared asking for the kind of backing roman gives chelsea not the now average 50m transfer budget half the pl seems to have.

  • ObaFan2

    May 8, 2008 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #33

    “Kevin Keegan has been summoned to London today for showdown talks with angry Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley”

    Full article here,'s+Newcastle+record+called+to+account+-+Owner+Ashley+demands+showdown+talks/

    It isn’t easy being a Toon fan but this “southern press” biased reporting is infuriating.

    We haven’t even finished the season yet and I can’t see it getting any easier before the start of next season.

    Hopefully we’ll be able to add a few quality players and shut the media up again for a while.

    All of this because we lost to Chelsea!!!!!

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 8, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Nobody except Chelsea can spend that kind of money…I guess some people don’t know just how rich the Russian is, £55m really doesn’t mean much to him.

  • ObaFan2

    May 8, 2008 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #35

    “Kevin Keegan has been summoned to London tomorrow for talks with Newcastle United’s billionaire owner Mike Ashley after the retail tycoon reacted furiously to his extraordinary outburst following Monday’s defeat by Chelsea.”

    Full story here and various other places.

    One thing for sure, it’s not easy being a Toon fan.

  • newcastle fan from brighton

    May 8, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #36

    i reckon ashley will giv kev 150 mill to break into the top 4 after his outburst and kk will prove himself as the best manager ever

  • iain

    May 8, 2008 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #37

    that article backs up what i was thinking… that keegan had asked for big big money 2 spend (80m as the article says) maybe thats what ashley had hinted when he brought keegan in and now the amount if keegan even knows what it is, is much much smaller.

  • ObaFan2

    May 8, 2008 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Although KK was dissapointed after the match I thought his comment about the owner was really aimed at Man City and the situation Sven is in.

    Why so much pressure on KK when we have a scouting staff to bring new players in!

    Also (Ernie lol) Wise is pished because he cannot play golf because he has to attend the meeting with MA n KK….. I can see where his priorities lie.

  • stantos

    May 8, 2008 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #39

    I’m really worried about this supposed situation concerning keegan.

    I hope and pray that he’s getting the backing that we think he will get. MA will surley back KK, and I believe the comments were said to lay down a challenge to MA.

    Mort has a very difficult job at the mo. He needs to be seen supporting KK, but at the same time not giving much away. Whats the point in leaking a story stating we have say “100m” to spend when all that would do is push any given asking price up.

    Keegan should have a job for life with the toon, he’s the only man that we’d ever put up with, Sir Bobby aside. It’s time for trust and with time KK will deliver !!!

    I just really hope that this story is made up and MA doesn’t do something silly. As i’m writing this I’m thinking how long the “Sven to the toon” rumours take to get going 🙁

  • ObaFan2

    May 8, 2008 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Who ever is manager here would want funds available, that is any manager with ambition.

    Sven spent a load at City and imo did well this season.

    I also think the press loves to put the cat amongst the pigeons where Newcatle are concerned. Making a mountain out of a moal hill etc.

    Hopefully MA isn’t furious but wants to assure KK what the plans are and who they are trying to get and I believe the money is available for the right players at the right price.
    That was always my understanding, like Woodgate and Modric. Unfortunately both these chose somewhere else for other reasons(or at least thats again my opinion).


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