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Paul Ince Feels Sorry For Newcastle Players

10:30 pm, Saturday, September 27th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 139 Comments

Newcastle seemed as though the game was lost at half time, but a pep talk from new interim manager Joe Kinnear had them fighting hard during the final 45 minutes, and they were unlucky in the end not to get a point.

Paul Ince - feels sorry for Newcastle players

Ince had been reported as a potential Newcastle manager before Joe Kinnear was appointed as interim boss on Friday, and Paul has made an excellent start to his career at Blackburn this season.

After seeing his Blackburn side get all three points ahgainst an injury hit Newcastle side, Ince admitted he felt some sympathy for his opponents but he was also happy with the display given by his own side.

Paul told the press:

“It was important in the last 48 hours that we shut that out and concentrated on what Blackburn Rovers is all about rather than feeling sorry for Newcastle:

“Also, it was a case of who got the first goal. As soon as we got the first goal I felt at ease because I knew the crowd would get on their backs.”

“It’s not the [Newcastle] players’ fault. They are trying, they are trying really, really hard and I feel sorry for them.

“But at the end of the day, as soon as we got the first goal, I thought we were comfortable.”

There’s no doubt Newcastle has been like a circus since Kevin Keegan left 3 weeks ago, and it’s more than ironic that Joe Kinnear is serving a two match ban for calling an official during his time at Nottingham Forest, Coco the Clown. :D

But it’s time the Newcastle palyers and everybody else at the club – which is just the coaches and the players since the Board seems to have disappeared – that we do not feel sorry for ourselves and get behind the players, as we once again drive towards safety in the league.

The time is over for boycotts and the like, and the crowd of only 44,000 today was disappointing, but it’s now time for Newcastle fans to show they are the best in the country by getting firmly behind Joe Kinnear and the players.

Certainly the second half display today was the best from our lads for many games, and showed the crowd are firmly behind the team, and that Joe can have an immediate impact at the club.

It’s time to move on and move forward again, after the latest nightmare.



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139 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dubsea // Sep 27, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    as shearer just said on MOTD it looks like some players don’t want the ball and thats unforgiveable…this is not the time for feeling sorry for ourselves…its time to fight through this difficult period or the consequences will prove disasterous.

  • 2 k k forever // Sep 27, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    DUBSEA THE FANS HAVE GOT TO GET BEHIND THEM ST JAMES IS NOT LIKE IT USED TO BE MATE

  • 3 Ganiyu // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Bad even the bloggers are boycotting the site.

  • 4 Ganiyu // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    K k forever-are u good in soccer predictions?

  • 5 Xsico golden boot // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    I wish shearer was coming back he has so much passion and knowledge for football he would also kick some of the players in there up the backside

  • 6 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    PLayers that need to leave for one reason or another

    Butt
    Geremi
    Viduka
    Taylor
    Duff
    Ameobi

  • 7 Ganiyu // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    I totally agree with u spyro duff and butt dont deserve to be a first team player in the Nufc reserves

  • 8 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    aye spyro your list is fair ….

  • 9 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    altho it seems duff is makin a bit of an effort

  • 10 dubsea // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    its difficult to accept what has happened at NUFC recently…especially when you contrast the optimism that was felt after the carling cup victory over coventry…it is painful being a NUFC fan…but despite all this we remain loyal…and we should be to the team

  • 11 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    we need barto back in there .. colli has go tto settle down .. ahh f cuk it, i was going to try qnd male some positivre comment but until we ave a manger who these lot respect they are just goin to play disjointed and un-professional football .. i mean haslf of them arent even doing the baics.. total huff

  • 12 Xsico golden boot // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    I agree accept Taylor I am sorry spyro but I just think the lad needs some proper coaching and dropped for a while he has always been dropped in from a great height in a shite team put him in a good defence and you would see a different taylor we also need some good coaches.

  • 13 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    I would agree with that comment spyro (6)

  • 14 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    im never goin to forgive KK for this … anyay, cant make me mind up about Taylor .. i mean perhas we jus have to wait until hes a bit older, you know how defender mature a little later cos he is captain of the u21′s so by rights and according to the top coaches in the country he is good for his age, so a bit older and he’ll be sweet .. and then sometimes i jus think nah .. not good enuff …

  • 15 ziad // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Duff is coming good imo Xisco showed some spirit .
    i hope Nzog didnt pick up an injury !
    we desperately need players back asap!!!
    Oh yea and colo cacapa and taylor were terrible first half.

  • 16 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    its been said on SSN and also its in the notw!

    NEWCASTLE GO BOK TO THE FUTURE
    South Africans in £350 million bid!!!

    MIKE ASHLEY’S reign at Newcastle could be over within five weeks after a South African consortium emerged as favourites for a Tyneside takeover.
    The group would pay £350million to oust Ashley.

    Amazingly the billionaire could even benefit from an auction after a Nigerian consortium launched their own bid on Friday.

    But the British-based South Africans are confident they are in pole position with their track record of reviving ailing global brands.

    A spokesman said: “We are serious about Newcastle, we believe they are an iconic institution who deserve to be run professionally.”

    The five-man South African consortium has drawn up legal papers and has contacted brokers Seymour Pierce — the firm Ashley has put in charge of selling the Tyneside club.

    Ashley was absent at St James’ Park as his side slumped to yet another devastating defeat – 2-1 to Blackburn – their fifth in succession.

    And now it could be just weeks before he and the rest of Newcastle’s hapless hierarchy is gone for good.

  • 17 Xsico golden boot // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Toonpipes we definitely need Barton back how many more games is it another two he would give us that bite in the middle also butt cannot play week in week out

  • 18 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    HPS .. hows it goin . . ? . . i saw somethin on SSN earlier sayin whoever is bidding at top end of 300 million but i missed who they were talkin about .. .anyone know who it was, please dont tell me the nigerians are still banging on about buying us please NO THANKS

  • 19 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    That is MENTAL i just typed a comment to HPS asking about who had bid and he pasted that comment from SSN – weird!!

  • 20 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Even when Duff makes an effort he still struggles to beat his man, he is far too one footed and predictable. Not to mention he has lost his greatest assets, his goal threat and pace.

    Viduka is class on his day but way too old and injury prone.

    Taylor has had more than enough time to prove himself, but has failed miserably year after year. Shocking player and consistently embarrassing for the club. GET RID!

    Butt, despite his age, is a great OLD SCHOOL DM, but his lack of awareness, technical ability and stamina is his downfall in the modern game. Would probably make a great coach though.

    Geremi has become undefendable now. It is true what many have been saying for months now, “one good cross every ten attempts is just not good enough”. he is also unbelievably slow for a player of 28 (although i think everyone knows that is probably not his real age).

    Ameobi is in the same boat as Taylor, had plenty of time to prove himself but failed miserably. However, his excuse is probably the bad luck he has suffered with injuries.

  • 21 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Yes Xisco, i agree, wud rather barton than butt .. let him go now hes too old, time fr barton to gien the rest of the season in the middle …… i like XISCO he looks good – target man which is what we need let Oba run around and he gans up and down the middle whilst owen plays in and around and probs just behind them

  • 22 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Toonpipes – I’m OK! just want a professional new owner to buy us asap!!

  • 23 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    i actually feel sick hen i see geremis name on the starting 11 i kike him but he is knackered .. and butt to some extent although he plays wel for 75 mins he always has a period where he is terrible .. taylor is fast becoming nightmare too

  • 24 Xsico golden boot // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    run professionally lets hope so I love KK but I am starting to think if we could get a coach of the hindink (spelling)calibre we maybe better off but if the king wants to come back then so be it we have to stand as one in the future

  • 25 dubsea // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    ashley’s abject failure will be rewarded with a 100 million profit…beggars belief

  • 26 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Well HPS you wanted MA out and now hes goin so you got what you wanted .. will be interesting to see who its goin to be and if they actually do much different to MA …………… Im not sure they will .. they might stick Kev back in there without a DOF but not sure how much cash anyone can make available now ..

  • 27 IrishMan // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    I think we will beat Everton next game with Kinnear effect – put a few bob on it.

  • 28 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Toonpipes

    You wouldn’t believe the amount of stick Xisco is getting. It is disgraceful, people are literally looking for ways in which they can criticise him in order to justify their “Wises’ buy” arguments. It is pathetic. Today Xisco was about as influential as MO, but because MO scored a penalty all of a sudden he is world class and Xisco is crap. It really is silly on here sometimes.

  • 29 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    it looks like the only ones in the spotlight are “THE NIGERIANS” v “THE SOUTH AFRICANS”

    Personally would love Anil Ambani but that isn’t going to happen! just herd really good, positive things about him! never mind!

    just hope we get someone who is professional, and likes spending money for improvements!!
    NEEDED!!!!

  • 30 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Dubsea .. the toon is in a much stronger financial position than it was prior to MA, therefore fundamentally as a business is a more attractive asset + i cannot see any justifiable reason why MA shud not achieve as hig price as he can – i mean he is being forced out so hes boiund to want to make sure that he at least makes his cash… only problem is on the pitch, however, that could turn around the players perform ike they did against Man U if somone is strong enuff to tell them to pull their heads out of their a r se ….

  • 31 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    I really hope Hughton has a place in the clubs future. He came in, done well in his role, and jus generally seems like a top bloke. It would be criminal for him to be forced out of his job again like he was at Spurs.

  • 32 TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Well Spyro, its hardly suprising hes getibng stick for the reasons you mention – it is of course verging on the moronic ….. infact on more general not i would actually class the last transfer window as being one of our best – i mean 2 argentinian internationals and the other lads are clearly good players … i feel sorry for Xisco bvut i suspect he will also be a class purchase .. people have overlooked this due to the Keegan Clonerism issue … but the players we have brought in considering we are about the 10th most attractive club in the prem are unblvbl and infact i wud give MA / wise etc a lot of credit..

  • 33 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    new “professional” ower/s + new “Fresh” start!
    new footballing chairman! new system with new board! new Quality manager new staff members and a lot to invest!! Please!!!

  • 34 Xsico golden boot // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    when Gerami put a good cross in the early part of the game I thought are no there goes his one good cross of the game and none on the end of it I said to my dad I just wish we had a Laurent or ginola how have we come to this when we had such a good team I am hurting people take over just hope its not another false horizon

  • 35 TOONPIPES // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    off t kip lads .. catc yous tomo ..

  • 36 dubsea // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    toonpipes…NUFC is arguably better off financially due the debt being paid off (although FFS disputes this debt as rather a mortgage for the ground) though would you rather see the money spent running around on the pitch or in MA’s checking account….fundamentally the reason why NUFC is an attractive business asset is because of the brand, sky tv money and the (used to be ) guaranteed 50000 plus paying customers every home match….

  • 37 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    There is nothing wrong with the players we have brought in, it is just the numbers that have raised eyebrows. We clearly needed two, maybe three more players and we didn’t get them. Quite a shame really, with those extra couple of players the transfer window could have been a great success.

    Remember when Atouba was scheduled for a medical but then didn’t turn up? I believe that was when the KK resigning issue began. I think KK had no plans to sign Atouba and was not impressed when he found out a medical had been arranged behind his back. KK probably kicked up a fuss and had it called off, thus Atouba’s surprise participation at the Hamburg training ground.

  • 38 ziad // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    heard nothing yet about the south africans was it really on SSN? and how confirmed is their bid?

  • 39 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Supposedly the South Africa British based Consortium are calling themselves “THE NEW NEWCASTLE UNITED”

  • 40 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Ziad – it was on SSN (TV) about 5mins ago!

  • 41 dubsea // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    spyro….i doubt that about atouba….Keegan and the team was crying out for a left back…I dont think he got the hump over that….it was most likely milner not getting replaced with Bastian Schweinsteiger

  • 42 ziad // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:20 AM

    yeah dont have sky ! not in the UK..
    I hope its true though sounds better then NUFC Nigeria!

  • 43 dubsea // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    ‘the new newcastle united’ got kinda a new labour spin/rebrand behind it…it wont work

  • 44 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:28 AM

    dubsea

    Actually, i have changed my mind. I now believe that it was KK’s choice to bring in Atouba, but Wise or Llambas intervened and had it cancelled.

    The thing is, I am not sure if i believe the Schweinsteiger rumours, they came from The Chronicle didn’t they?

  • 45 richie // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:31 AM

    can someone fill me in on geremi age thing??i thought he was in his 30′s…

    spyro-on taylor- he will be a great centre back for the future hes been exposed to too much football we should have had him as a bench player and gradually bring him in over time, but typically we haven got anyone to put in so hes exposed

    now the biggest issue i have at the moment , centre f**ing midfield!!have we not even got youth that can come in,,to me capaca is not even a player, we gotta bring the reserve and youth in,

  • 46 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    just hope either way who ever takesover the club! are football fans, professional, listen, and communicate to the fans when its needed! basically just run the club in the right way!! and invest to eventually get up into the top 5-6 positions!!

  • 47 AndyNUFC // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    TOONPIPES // Sep 27, 2008 at 23:54

    Dubsea .. the toon is in a much stronger financial position than it was prior to MA, therefore fundamentally as a business is a more attractive asset
    ———————————————
    All of the top four excluding Arsenal have had a huge expenditure over the last few seasons and apparently have huge debts. So then, what’s more attractive, a world class football club with big debt, or a small, rubbish one with just a little bit? The world class one is in the position to recoup the expenditure, whilst we, albeit with our potential, would have to wait years before we reached a position of similar success with a sustainable financial situation.

  • 48 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:36 AM

    Richie

    Geremi is apparently 28. However, it is common among African players to lie about their age
    e.g. chek out how old the following players are and you may be in for a chock; Kanu, Muntari and Utaka. In truth, i think Geremi is probably in his early thirties.

  • 49 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    shock*

  • 50 richie // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    says 29 on wiki..anyway centre mid fixed or were goin down

  • 51 richie // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    spyro..dya think we should keep playin this rubbish 11 or throw players in from the reserves??

  • 52 Mac // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    The centre mid will be fixed when we get Guthrie and Barton back. Look it’s not all doom and gloom. We’ve got Jonas to come back Beye,Viduka,Martins,Enrique. All 7 of them are first team players

  • 53 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Richie

    Once Jonas, Barton and Guthrie are back we will have a good midfield.
    Our second half performance today was good so Kinnear must have said something right. Bassong has done enough to get a shot at CB imo.

    My ideal 11 would be

    ————————Given————————

    Beye———Colo———–Bass——–Enrique

    —————Guthrie——-Barton—————

    Jonas————————————-N’Zogbia

    —————–Xisco——-Martins—————

    Viduka is left out because he is old and will only halt the progress of our young lads. Owen because he is certain to leave anyway and a bit one dimensional imo.

  • 54 richie // Sep 28, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    im huge fan of barton and guthrie but we need more players in that position for competition

    team looks like mine, id have owen for xisco,,certain to leave??u think.who would match his wages?

  • 55 Geordie Jayne // Sep 28, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    If we had a big enough squad we would not have to talk about when players come back..Sad sad time at NUFC.

  • 56 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    thats a fair enough point Geordie Jayne

    Richie

    If Owen is available on a free i think a lot of teams would be willing to pay his crazy wages.

  • 57 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Sep 28, 2008 at 1:40 AM

    How old are Utaka, Muntari and Kanu then Spyro? I thought they were 26/27, 23/24 and 31/32 this year.

  • 58 dubsea // Sep 28, 2008 at 2:08 AM

    we are in such a position at the moment that you can’t drop owen (12 goals in 16 games) for viduka ( injury prone and have not played all season)…regardless of owen’s intentions of putting himself in the shop window…its the boards fault for f**kin his contract discussions

  • 59 Ian // Sep 28, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    It is just a circus at St James’ at the mo. Is it any wonder that the players playing like clowns? A lot has been said about JoeKinn by press and fans alike, but what does it say about Ashley? Appointing a manager for six games when he has got a three match touchline ban just beggars belief.

  • 60 dave // Sep 28, 2008 at 3:00 AM

    Whoever takes over needs to ensure that N’Zogia plays as an attacking midfielder, not left back, either on the left or in the centre.

    Among other problems the coaching and physio teams need to be sorted out as we have to many injuries and make to many mistakes. It won’t be a quick fix and if KK isn’t re-appointed a new manager and coaching staff me be of benefit in the long run.

    As for players Nicky Butt has another good year in him as has Duff if he can keep fit, however the manager will have to utilse the bench which at best is limited.

    Totally agree that Geremy has to go as he has lead feet.

    During the transfer window we need a defensive midfielder and two defenders, (one needs to be world class to bring Taylor on as he’s struggling on his own as he’s under imense presure for a young kid).

    We could also do with a big target man up front as Viduka is a liability and the wage he commands could be put to better use.

  • 61 Buddy23 // Sep 28, 2008 at 5:39 AM

    Lads, forgive my ignorance, but could one of you possibly inform me as to when the following players are set to return: Beye, Jonas, Enrique, Guthrie, Nacho

  • 62 Buddy23 // Sep 28, 2008 at 5:48 AM

    Whatever JK said to the lads at half time seemingly paid off, we did outplay them in the second half. Had we had greater options on the bench an equaliser was well on the cards. I for one am looking forward to the game @ Everton. JK would have had time to further instill the belief back into the squad, and Everton are struggling at home. Don’t write off the lads yet. All we need is ONE good result and the confidence will flood back into the team. We may just acheive this result next week.

  • 63 wsq // Sep 28, 2008 at 5:53 AM

    i knew frm the start selling faye was a bad idea, gdness the amount of headers he won in defence last yer. all wise’s fault. i don’t think keegan would have sold faye

  • 64 wsq // Sep 28, 2008 at 5:55 AM

    two years ago i checked out coloin the spanish liga and i wasn’t impressed, he was playing RB. he has lost a lot of headers and they’re noticable, anyne who thinks otherwise would be indenial.

  • 65 wsq // Sep 28, 2008 at 5:57 AM

    we lack numbers and quality now it’s so clear to see. flirting with relegation year again. which means next year n better players. another transition season.

  • 66 wsq // Sep 28, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    ppl running this club are idiots idiots i tell you. if it was any other job, you wouldn’t have a school drop out being in charged of anything. if i had the chance to slap ashley i would.

    slap him the b8t8h he is.

  • 67 wsq // Sep 28, 2008 at 6:02 AM

    he doesn’ twant to sack his boad because it will cost him too much mney, but keegan quit so will cost him naught. skint b8t8h.

  • 68 wsq // Sep 28, 2008 at 6:07 AM

    joe- ashley > than an idiot as oppose to equal to an idiot

  • 69 SDancer // Sep 28, 2008 at 6:28 AM

    Some utter shite being spouted on here particularly from Spyro…..

  • 70 51times // Sep 28, 2008 at 6:41 AM

    Take it easy wsq.

  • 71 Ganiyu // Sep 28, 2008 at 7:16 AM

    Pls dont worry about these things. Cos every little thing is gona be alright.
    Ganiyu marley.

  • 72 john // Sep 28, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    hulls just beat arsenal at the emirates-Joe Kinnear can certainly egg the lads on to get sumit at everton eh-come on-he will change it to his style for the 6 games so we cant be any worse off can we-even a draw would be good at the minute-but look at what hulls just done!if he manages 2 wins and a draw out of 6 its better than current form! cmaaaaaaannnnn!!!howay the lads!!everton away!bout time we put one over blue blogger and everton!

  • 73 ShearerNo9 // Sep 28, 2008 at 8:39 AM

    Glass Half Full.
    Ok, we are depleted with players. If Joe can get a fighting performance together against Everton and grab a point, then we have two weeks off foe international break and hopefully a stronger squad to pick from. That and team spirit will see us climb the table if we all get behind the lads. At this point in the season a win takes you half way up the table so we all need to raise the noise at home and away. There is absolutely no point having a go at players when they have a poor game as they need lifting to a level where they do perform and feel proud to be wearing the shirt. So come on bloggers, up the Toon.

  • 74 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Bassong has been our best defender for two games in a row now, he deserves a shot at CB next to Fabricio.

  • 75 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 8:56 AM

    Also, why are people making a big fuss about Kinnears’ touchline ban. This means nothing in the modern game as anything that needs communicating to the players will be done so through Hughton, who will obviously be taking orders from Kinnear himself. Honestly, it is one of the most out-dated forms of punishment that still remains in football.

  • 76 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Make a new article man Ed you girl’s blouse.

  • 77 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    We made a huge huge mistake this Summer………………..Zayatte.
    I don’t know maybe i’m wrong but for sure he’s better than Taylor no matter that he’s new in the EPL.

  • 78 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Even Ganiyu could play better than Taylor..LOL

    Whaz up man…….COOOOOOL

  • 79 nando // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    oh dear! bottom of the table by 5:00 and on the way to the fizzy pop league. at least you only have everton away up next.ooops

  • 80 Exiled Geordie // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Our defense is very poor Taylor has been shocking this season so far,really not sure the lad is good enough for this level.Also not sure about collicini the guy is nt great in the air,10 million looks a little pricey at the moment to me.I dont think we will go down though because i think we can only get better and there are a lot of poor sides long with us.

  • 81 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Nando

    In all honesty, i cant see you winning today. Portsmouth will be looking to bounce back and get back on course with a Jermaine Defoe who will be desperate to score past you. I also feel the height Pavlyuchenko will be easily dealt with by Portsmouths defence. I really don’t rate Pavlyuchenko in truth. Fair enough he scored past us, but that was merely because of our horrible defensive form at the minute.

  • 82 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Pompey to win today and get back. Well that’s my prediction anyway.

  • 83 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    whos this tosser ripping into us on sunday supplement

  • 84 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    …get back on track*….

  • 85 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    GG7

    What you doing watching Sunday Supplement man!? The show is w*nk!

  • 86 TOONPIPES // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    People are ripping into us cos of they can see we are an easy target + can get a rise out of the georides so easy .. what with the bedsheets and geordie hero Keegan chucking a huff over transfers … it is laughable ……… i can ustand why they do it – tho it boils my p***

  • 87 TOONPIPES // Sep 28, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    By Spyro you are up and on the blog early n’all! …. seen owt in the papers this morning ? ..

  • 88 TOONPIPES // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Dan13 .. thats canny funny … wa

  • 89 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    been up since 7.15 this morning mate, had to drop my mum to the early service

  • 90 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    i turned it on knowing that they would be slagging us off as soon as i turned it on, i was correct. now watching hollyoaks, this is getting as bad as sunday supplement

  • 91 bowburnmag // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    None of us needs some tossa journalist with a know-it-all opinion sermonising about our plight and the misgivings of our supporters. Unfortunately, that’s what these people are paid to do, i.e. state the obvious. I wouldn’t watch it if somebody paid me. For every decent opinion or view on there, you’ll hear a multitude of throwaway comments and opinions.

  • 92 nando // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    did anyone read in yesterdays sun that when the b ritish players geard it was kinnear in charge they laughed. i was looking in the bookies at odds for the new manager last week as i heard it was going to be poyet before the fans turned on ashley. kinnear wasnt even on the list. it reminds me of the time howard wilkinson got the england job and we all know what happened there. i think the fans turning on ashley could have caused the downfall of the club. you would probably have a decent manager in charge by now and be looking at targets for january. now your players could remain unsettled till the end of the season.

  • 93 TB // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    spyro – I agree with 95 percent of what you have said, but i do disagree about Owen. He has done exactly what he has done his entire career… score goals. I don’t care how he gets them, or if it is through a one dimensional style of play. The fact is, he always gets them. he got goals for liverpool, England, Real Madrid, and now for us.

    With a world class midfield, Owen led La Liga (i believe) in goals per minute.

    With our dismal lineups this year, I would guess he is still near the top in goals per minute.

    The point is, if we get talent at the other 10 positions, Owen absolutely HAS to start… especially when xisco is your other option. Don’t get me wrong, I like xisco and think he is a good player, but you don’t start him over a healthy Michael Owen any day of the week.

    What more does Owen have to do for the toon army to start supporting him without a shadow of a doubt? He worked his tail off to get back from a serious injury just as fast as anyone ive seen recover from an acl injury. He became our captain, said all the right things, and has produced goals when he is on the pitch.

    Our best possible squad, by far, is:

    Given

    Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique

    Jonas Barton Guthrie Nzogbia

    Owen Martins

    and if viduka is playing up to his standards, he would be ahead of Martins.

  • 94 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Nando

    Fairly smart post, and I agree with you to an extent. I too believe the fans sometimes need to take a step back and let things take it’s course. The way the fans turned on MA because of the whole KK situation has hurt the club more than ever imo. The worst thing is, i can see it being a regular occurance now that it seems to have worked and MA is going to sell. Now we are probably going to be seeing protests everytime something goes wrong, and there will be no room for error at this club…unless of course you are a from the area (roll eyes). It is what i would call a pyrrhic victory.

  • 95 k k forever // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    START SINGING YAZZthe only way is up .AND D REAM things can only get better ha CHEER UP cos BOB MARLEY every thing gona be alrite

  • 96 Exiled Geordie // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    I agree with your team TB i think it would be good enough to do well,all we need is time once the club is sold there will be plenty of top managers wanting the job,we will bring in some quality in Jan and things will improve.Its hard going at the minute but better times are a head and all these others that are on here from other clubs no things are so great at their own clubs

  • 97 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    TB

    Fair points.

  • 98 bowburnmag // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Spyro – isn’t ‘pyrrhic’ how some of your fans fondly refer to you?

  • 99 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    sounds promising about the south africans.

    nando, go lick a goat

  • 100 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Good news lads, Shearer has ruled out a return to the club at present. Now all we need is KK to do the same and we will be well on our way to a fresh start under a continental manager…hopefully.

  • 101 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Bowburnmag

    I like that one, well done. However, i couldn’t care less to be honest.

  • 102 michael09 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    the south african consortium are sounding good to me.wanting to give the fans what they want and saying they will keep in the background. whether they have enough money to help us challenge the man city and chelsea remains to be seen but its a good opening statement.

  • 103 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    lol lick a goat

  • 104 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    I’ll completely go against my word if some big tycoon takes over us. I previously thought people like the man city owners are ruining football by paying over the odds for players.

  • 105 k k forever // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    I AGREE DAN but thats the way footballs going now mate

  • 106 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    we should get in steve bruce or slaven billic

  • 107 bowburnmag // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Let’s be honest, we’d hardly be surprised if the players laughed. I know I laughed out loud. Even Shearer got it fairly spot on. I bet if 100 knowledgeable pundits wrote down a reeeeeeaaaallly long list of managers who they thought could have been approached and I don’t think his name would have been on anyone’s list. The fact is, it’s a win-win situation for Kinnear. I’ll give the guy credit if he surprises me and makes something of this shambles in his short time here but to give him initial credit just for taking on a role where he effectively can’t come out of it any worse of is inappropriate in my opinion. I said the other day and even the fella himself has implied it. All that said, I’ll support him but I just think it is/was a pointless exercise. I hope I’m proved spectacularly wrong but I just think his approach will not be an instant answer to this mess. But I guess Ashley wants to be seen to be doing something about this mess. Whether it’s just to spite us further is anyone’s guess. But I suspect Kinnear will be in charge for more than has been stated so far.

  • 108 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    I would love Slaven here but I think he ruled out a move to England when West Ham wanted him.

  • 109 nando // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    billionaires buying teams are ruining the game. i am on the train to the portsmouth game and fans are saying spurs are about to be taken over. i want to be able to compete at the top but at the same time i dont want us to buy our way to the top. arsenal sold there sole when the named the new stadium the emirates and i wouldnt like us to rename the ground with a sponsors name. The games going to pot.

  • 110 bowburnmag // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Spyro – you might have taken that the wrong way fella. I just see you take a lot of stick on here. I don’t always agree with you but I wasn’t condoning the insults. Just being facetious. And in fairness whether you agree with the protestors or not, one thing we can agree on is your point is spot-on. Glass is distinctly half-empty at the minute.

  • 111 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    nando, why do u lie you pathetic little kid, ur not on the train.

  • 112 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Yeah
    they were going to call it Ashburton grove or something weren’t they?

  • 113 bowburnmag // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    nando – you’re a bit of a wind-up but I wholeheartedly agree with the last post. I understand the principles behind it but the sooner that sportsdirect sign is ripped off the inside of our proud stadium the better. Even in my passive days of supporting the new regime I couldn’t get away with that grafitti.

  • 114 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Dan13

    I wouldn’t pay too much attention to that mate. Although i doubt we will appoint Bilic, he simply ruled out a move to England to end the speculation once and for all as he thought it was the medias’ attempt at trying take his, and his players’ focus off of the upcoming Croatia v England match. He was probably right too.

  • 115 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Bowburn

    Oh ok then, i must say, i did think it was slightly out of character for you to make such a comment.

    Nando

    Have to agree with you there. Although i don’t think Arsenal have sold their soul with the naming of their stadium. In fact, i have been quite impressed with how Arsenal have fought against billionare take-overs.

  • 116 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Probably,
    anyways…
    I know we lost yesterday but to be honestI had in my book 3-1 to them.
    We had all the possesion in 2nd half like

  • 117 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    It seems as though even Arsenal will accept the direction in which football is going now. They will have a take-over soon enough.

  • 118 k k forever // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    NANDO u will be lucky if u get in the top four in london never mind the prem west ham are even better than u

  • 119 nando // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    spyro- i might have over exagerrated but i bet they sell out when city start taking there champs league place

  • 120 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    I agree with fergies words on man city, U can have 11 robinho’s but you won’t win the league

  • 121 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    when arsenal get taking over, it wont really make much of a differance, aslong as wenger is in charge he will do it his way.

    has anyone seen what wenger said, my mate told me he said that newcastle would be a really good thing for any top manager, and advised all managers to accept if iven the chance under a new regime

  • 122 k k forever // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    spurs are the worst prem team in london and dont think much ov ur continental manager

  • 123 k k forever // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    HE SED THAT ABOOT TEN DAYS AGO

  • 124 Shot Bru! // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    iF this consortium of ex pats based in South Afrrica do take over they will have Keegan in charge for sure, whether that’s a good thing i’m not sure. The EPL is huge in SA, with 3-4 live games covered on a saturday afternoon alone. Supersport are responsible for beaming live games around the world from their base in Johannesburg. they are a huge business, and i’m only guessing but reckon they could be involved in the takeover along with these other british ex pats. NUFC along with liverpool and manure have a huge following in Southern Africa alone. Keegan commands huge respect in SA, he was one of the first english players to come to the attention of the SA public in the 70′s and 80′s during his playing days, and then later on as our manager in the 90′s, the attacking style of football he employs as a coach is how most Africans enjoy playing the game, hence the reason for Keegan being their no. 1 choice. A caution of warning African ownership can lead to all sorts of nonesense.

  • 125 Spyro - Taylor is garbage // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Dan13

    Whilst i too agree with Fergie, his comments appear remarkably short sighted for a man of his experience. Citys’ money will soon go towards a top class manager, who will then use the funds available to piece together a quality side. Man Citys’ take-over symbolises the direction football is going in. Billionare owners with no understanding or respect for the game, openly declaring interest in other teams key players and throwing money around looking for quick success. UEFA Cup places will no longer be achievable for teams who have not been bought out and it will soon be the same teams finishing in the top 7 or 8 every year. Boring.

    Nando

    Again i agree. In fact, shortly after the City take-over Arsenal apparently became very receptive to the likes of Kroenke and the Russian i think.

  • 126 Mikey24 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Off topic a bit but anybody here going to Everton next week? Got tickets so Im bloody hoping to see some sort of turnaround!!!

  • 127 Dan13 // Sep 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Also can I just ask this question?
    Why isn’t Jeff Vetere in on this behind the scenes boardroom havok?

  • 128 Ganiyu // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    I laugh when ever people say Nufc would finish with the top 6.just look at fat fred the confusionist behind all these problems.

  • 129 LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LETS ALL HAVE A XISCO, LALALALA!!!(GG7) // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    dan13-

    as all he is, is a scout!

  • 130 Ganiyu // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Kk lovers-if judas could betray jesus who is kk not to be betrayed by ashley.
    Sunday tonic

  • 131 Toon1978 // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Right, i like KK but if he had any passion for our club he would bite the bullet and return whether he gets full control of transfers or not. If he had an ounce of heart, he would see the mess we are in and he would be on the phone to M.Ashley asking for his job back to get his SO CALLED BELOVED toon back on track. He knows the club will more than likely be sold within the next month or two yet he stands by and lets the club free fall to relegation all because he can’t get his own way. Now to me that is no fan of NUFC. Don’t get me wrong Ashley is more to blame for all of this but according to geordie folk law KK is supposed to have a black and white heart but from where i am standing the bloke has no passion for us what so ever as our club spiralls more out of control. SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR TOON KK AND COME BACK PROVE THAT YOU HAVE THE TOON AT HEART HOW CAN YOU STAND BY AND LET THIS HAPPEN TO NEWCASTLE UNITED. KK can see Ashley has no love for the toon as no body else at the top has. KK should stand up and say he loves NUFC and get us back on track. That to me is a true fan but i am afraid if we do get new owners KK would be the last on my list as he wants nothing to do with the club now then balls to him when new owners come in. Lets go for a NEW messiah because lets face KK is not that man anymore. He is like all the rest of the up to now.

  • 132 ShearerNo9 // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Wonder if they had asked Mike Bassett?

  • 133 ronjohno // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    At first I had sympathy for the players but at the end of the day they are supposed to be professional and getting very well compensated so there is now no excuse for their pathetic displays.
    How many of you out there like your boss and do you even know who your Board of Directors are and do you care. Of course not: it does not matter what is going on you knuckle down do your job and await your paycheck.
    I can never forgive Ashley for letting this all “get out of house” getting NUFC into this totally unnecessary mess especially when a few weeks ago the answer was obvious reinsate KK and get rid of Wise or at least change the power status.Or a bit of humble pie eaten allround because maybe KK is not totally blameless. Too bloody late now.

  • 134 Ganiyu // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    fred hired sam when he knew his time was up.ashley bought the club and was scared to tell sam he was not his choice.sam signed smith when he had owen martin viduka carroll and lualua.6million wasted.

  • 135 ronjohno // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Bobby Robson has publicly stated that Jose told him that Geremis legs “had gone” and that was before we signed him. There are too many players in the first team just not worth a shirt and he is certainly one of them.
    Apart from the obvious trauma at NUFC my personal disappointment is Collocini. When I first saw him I thought he was going to be my type of footballer and thought at last we had a goodun and I cannot believe how much he has gone downhill. Perhaps he is used to playing with class players but finding himself next to Dumbo Taylor is more than enough for anyone to take.
    Notice again in last nights Chronicle Anal Oliver “defending” Dumbo yet again.

  • 136 Ganiyu // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Any predictions

  • 137 save the toon // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    all thes players legs have gone
    germie
    cacapa
    butt
    duff
    no pace

  • 138 Heavy hitters // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Bassong would be the first name on my teamsheet and if we had Enrique at LB Bass would be at CB with Colo. I would play Taylor at RB if Beye isnt fit as I think he would be less of a liability there. I’m glad Hughton is bringing Edgar on for 10-20 mins each game to develop his confidence. Lua Lua should also be introduced to some first team action.

  • 139 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Sep 28, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    2-0 Pompey! How you like that Nando?




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