Jonas Gutierrez Just Flying In Training

Some of the Newcastle injuries seem to be clearing up at last, and there will now be some competition for places on Saturday, which has to be good news for manager Joe Kinnear.

Jonas Gutierrez – flying in training right now

But Kinnear will likely keep confidence with the players that performed so well on Monday night, in a game we did everything but win, and that was with 10 men.

Both Barton and Gutierrez are seemingly available and very keen to play in the tough game at Sunderland, but it’s not at all clear that either will make the starting eleven.

Kinnear said today:

“I’m delighted with the players in the side already, so it’s not going to be easy for Joey to march back in, but he’ll be involved one way or another, as will Spider-man (Gutierrez).”

“He’s flying at the moment. He’s trained very well with us, and he wants to be involved.” “There’s every chance that he could play a part in the match at some stage.”

“I’ve got him and Joey to consider, so the bench is looking very good. We’ve got a lot of confidence going into the derby.”

“I’ve been involved in London derbies on numerous occasions, but they tell me they’re nothing like this one.”

It’s good news that Joey and Jonas are doing well in training and raring to go, which means we will at least have a strong bench at Sunderland, and Joe will have some choices if he needs to change things on Saturday.

But we must go all out for 3 points on Saturday, which promises to be a full house at The Stadium of Light, where Sunderland probably fancy winning this game.

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59 comments so far

  • wigaz

    Oct 22, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Well lets hope he flies down the wing & batters his 1st goal for us against the mackems! would love Barton to come on & get the winner would shut the twat journos right up. ha ha!

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Oct 22, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #2

    That would be awesome Wigaz! JB really endeared himself to me with his last comments. Really hope he goes on from here to reclaim all-England honors and writes himself into Geordie folklore. Such a talented player and with Guthrie there as well we could have a totally transformed, dynamic CM for the grand total 7M.

    Whatever you say about Ashley and Wise they got some cracking deals from the transfer market.

  • geordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    would love to see a 3 prong attack against the scum! cmaaaaannn! jfk’s black n white army!! toon toon toon toon…

  • cam_toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #4

    I cant wait. I am starting to get some confidence back in the Toon.

    What’s the difference between Spurs and a Triangle? Well a Triangle has three points.

    Wa Waaaa

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t wait to see Jonas playin’ for the Toon again…Bargain of he season!..

    …Kick their raggedy arses at the ‘stade de merde’
    & don’t forget to wipe ya’ feet on the way out!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Bargain of ‘the’ season…

  • dougnufc

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #7

    What Barton said on SSN was amazing, never thought I would see this day. Future Captain?

  • Spyro

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Barton and Gutierrez back for derby please

  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #9

    If we are losing at half time they will come on early in the second half but if not I think they’ll used for the last 20 just to give some tired legs a rest. I’d expect Geremi and Butt to come off for them. Martins needs to play the whole game but I would like to see Ranger and Xisco on the bench too as I cant see Ameobi playing the whole game

  • wigaz

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Has anyone got the link to vid of bartons interview? it’s not on SSN online.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey spyro,
    how goes it mate?..

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12

    hes right in that this derby is a lot more intense than most in london i know arsenal and spuds hate each other but even though i have only been to 1 derby (the last 1 where the atmosphere was amazing) i think this has to be 1 of the most passionate in the country

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Certainly is the most passionate in this country, but does not hold a candle to the Old Firm in Scotland.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #14

    tom tomb agreed i ment england btw not the whole of britain but the old firm is apparentley amazing though imagine what it would be like to be at a boca – river derby or fener – gala the atmosphere would be like nothing else

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Is there a bigger % of the away teams fans allowed into those games, than ours?..

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #16

    i dunno but i think away fans tend to get about 3000 allocated

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Are those derbies all same town teams?..

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye Beye been to two- unbelievable. A must do if you can ever get a ticket. A little bit devalued from when I went as they play each other every other week it seems now. The Derby’s you have mentioned would be amazing too, just feel that the old firm is about pure hatred. No noisy fireworks or flares for visual, just total noise and passion. Also since the IRA have ceased hostilities it has calmed down a lot.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    the old firm is not about football necessarily!..
    …Tho’ i’m sure it is a lot more these days…

  • Bill F

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Evening all, I think JK is using some Fergy style tactics and kidology and fully expect Jonas at least to start and wouldn’t be surprised if Joey did as well.

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Yer right punk skunk, oh those derbies mentioned are same city teams.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #22

    What would the Toon/where(?) derby be like if we were allowed say, 10,000 in away games?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #23

    d’y’think JK is cunning or straight ahead?..

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Immense punk, a lot of it is limiting tickets to avoid massive police costs. Can’t get much Derby fever on here though, still half term on Friday should allow some of them back on.

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Well am away to kip boys, up early for physio tomorrow—-night.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #26

    sad but true!..

    …Should be a nice tense one tho’…I’m sure they fancy their chances this year!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #27


  • Bill F

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Punk Skunk, I think he’s both. I reckon the players know where they stand with him and he has enough nous to kid his opposite number. He didn’t do as well as he did at Wimbledon through luck.
    I was as surprised as anyone when he was appointed but I have a feeling he could be the manager we have been waiting for. Still I’ve seen enough false dawns not to get too optimistic, yet!

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #29

    They will but hopefully we are getting there, we could have done with another two weeks to get lads properly back but…….

  • tom tomb

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Later Punk mate.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #31

    I feel exactly the same mate…
    …There’s just something about the gadj that i like…But like you, waitin’ to see how it goes a while!..

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Think the last two games we should of won, both against better teams than the mackems. Everton are a top 6 team.

    City are quality, we had 10 men, and drew with them, should of even won. City trounced the unwashed at the sos not so long ago.

    we’ll be just as up for it as them and with all the players coming back etc we’ll almost have a fully fit squad and the lads will be well up for it.

    can’t wait!


  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #33


  • brutooooon

    Oct 23, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #34

    jonas back, we look a different squad

  • Mongo

    Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Should be a very interesting game indeed.

    I have a lot of ‘unwashed’ as friends/work mates and they are all asking if we are scraed of how many cisse is going to score! I asked them how is old bandy legs gonna score when Taylor/Coloccini snaps him in the first minute.

    They do have a general belief that they are going to hump us. I think it is amazing, must be the first thing they have believed in since Giro day!

    Bring on teh Scum and let our boys run them ragged. Jonas and Barton to start.


    Geremi – Only if Beye is raped by the FA and they uphold his red card.

  • chuck CHUCK

    Oct 23, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #36

    PS Youse guys, yeah you know who you are, did you join in the standing O for Shola, still think he is useless ?

  • Wouldnt start with Barton or Gutierrez. I would do:


    *if the appeal is succesful

    And at about 75 mins i would throw on Barton, Gutierrez and Owen if he is on the bench.


    Oct 23, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #38

    i think with his sentence behinde him he will show y we paid the money we did for him he is a top notch player when hes not battering bairns that is hes not the first football player to go to jail and he certainly wont be the last o come on joey show us wot ur made of

  • LP_6

    Oct 23, 2008 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #39

    i notice there has been only 1 mention of owen.
    is anyone bothered? do people think he has the passion to fight for the toon on a derby?

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 23, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #40

    off subject but again a good balanced article on Joey Barton from the Times today.


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