Let’s Get Five New Players Into Newcastle Quickly


We’re starting to hear too many complaints about why Newcastle are doing so badly, and now that we have money to spend in the transfer market, let’s stop the complaints, accept we are out of the FA cup, and ensure that every league game for the rest of the season is a cup tie with 3 points to be won.

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Stephane Mbia – £4M bid in for 6’2″ midfielder

It’s not Joe Kinnear’s fault that we have 11 players missing from an already too small squad, but we are now paying the price of the stupidity of the Newcastle Board last summer, by not ensuring the squad was big enough or we had enough quality in the squad as Kevin Keegan had requested continually, ever since he came back to Newcastle a year ago.

Last night was a severe defeat for Newcastle fans to witness, against a side that were in the Championship last year, are in their first season ever in the Premier League, put out a weakened side by choice, and already beat us at St. James’ Park this season in the league.

But that’s the way things stand at the moment, and if it’s one thing that will lift the hearts of the Newcastle fans is if we can quickly get out of the relegation zone, and have a decent run in to the end of the season – for a change.

The news that Joe Kinnear has been given £10M to spend is good, because there will not be too many teams that want to spend money in January, so we may be well placed to bring in players like 22 year-old Stéphane Mbia from Stade Rennais, who we seem to have bid £4M for yesterday.

This boy is a good player and both Newcastle and Everton were in for him during the summer.

According to the Newcastle Journal the other player is Albin Ebondo, a right back from Toulouse, who’s 24 years old and again looks more than a decent player.

Joe bid £4M for each player yesterday, and if we assume the two loan signings are additional players, since one is an Italian and one an Argentine, and add in Peter Lovenkrands, that’s 5 players we have bid for, and we should know the results in a day or two.

The transfer market closes two weeks next Monday, so let’s get as many good players in as possible before then, and then we’ll have no excuses.

And whoever Joe puts out on Saturday, against Blackburn at Ewood Park, has to go all out for a win, whoever is in the team.

Right now we’re in a huge relegation fight, and that’s the truth, and yes it looks like gloom and doom is descending.

However, things can look much much better, and very quickly, with a couple of wins on the trot.

Comments welcome.



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150 comments so far

  • jonny

    Jan 15, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    1st.

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  • Widowmaker

    Jan 15, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    First?

    I hope we do well in the transfer market, but I am not so sure now. The board really need to wake up and use some common sense when managing the club.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 15, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Things will look a lot better with 2-3 new good players into the club in the next few days – but this has now become very serious and Joe is right – we can get relegated.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    just need to beat blackburn .. not happy about the FA Cup .. jutted in fact .. but in the bigger picture we’re not good enough this year to win it .. so better we make sure we’re not relegated..

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  • Widowmaker

    Jan 15, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, you are right. Things will look a lot better with 2-3 new good players in, but how do we attract good players now? The club is clearly in trouble both on and off the field.

    The board need to sort things out and make it clear to everyone that include the fans, the players and perhaps themselves.

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  • stevep

    Jan 15, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Have to think that JK is not the man for the job, however I can’t see anyone else wanting to manage the club in it’s current state.
    Any manager coming in will have his hands tied by Ashley, Lambias and Wise and end up having very little say in who is bought or sold and half the squad (or at least thier agents) going to the press saying they want away (Martins, Zogs, Given, Owen)

    We’re worse than Leeds – they actually had to sell thier players, we’re doing it by choice (Ashleys)!!!

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  • Widowmaker

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry, I mean, the board needs to make their intentions clear to players and fans.

    And I very much doubt if they understand what they are doing now. This is beyond bad management. Oh, yes, they have surpassed Freddy in some aspects IMO.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    On a positive note .. this will hit Ashley in the pocket.. maybe encourage him to sell more..

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    I think the more depressing aspect of this is that we only had 3 players missing from arguably our strongest team! Hull played their reserve side and beat us!

    But lets wait and see re the transfer funds, because it wouldn’t be the first time Joe has said something one day and something else the next day!

    For me I can’t believe a word that comes out of the club!!!!

    Don’t hold ya breath

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  • Dan_008

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Cant see it happening, maybe 2 players In Jan..

    I think Owen will go in the summer, which it seems to me maybe thats what they want. You could sign 2 players even 3 on his wage alone.. personally I dont really care if he goes or not..

    NUFC be lucky to stay up, but i think they will..

    they will need to be very busy in the summer..
    and judging from the past its not looking good.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    5 quality players would be a start and in the summer I would hope that a whole team could be built with new owners as the current crop really are a disgrace to the club and clearly not premiership standard.

    The fixtures left don’t make for easy reading and even with 5 new players I think it will be a struggle.

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  • batty

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    ED H from 1 true geordie to another do you honestley believe we will get new signings that are any better than the players that will come back from the ones we got injuerd

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    How about Raul Meireles then ???

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Dan_008 .. is Owen goes and Asley sells .. I’ll be happy .. Owens missed too many this season without contributing enough .. he’s not worth 90K+ .. more like a 40K weekly salary striker

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Joes been given 8 mill + the geremi sale ..
    If this is true and we can get MBia and the other rightback, the LB italian and the Argie Midfielder .. we should look like a far more capable team .. especially with Martins back .. think positive. 🙂

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  • KingKevinKeegan

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    I just cannot see us getting M’bia considering Rennes are 3rd in the french league probably playing far better football than us atm. Not even considering the fact that the 4million bid apparently placed would be nowhere near enough as most people have already stated.

    Although I have no idea why Kinnear would come out stating the offers made if he wasn’t confident of the clubs accepting the bids? But the fact that he hasn’t even had talks with the players themselves, he is getting a bit ahead of himself surely? and is just building are hopes up for them to be shattered as usual. Just like the Modric, Aimar and Turan sagas in the summer window.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Sell that 8 million thats being tauted .. thats the money from the sale of Milner .. what a tight wad .. I definately think Ashley wants us to stay up and then he’ll sell in the summer.. mind you he is still singlehandedly trying to drive our club into the ground..

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    OK, i’ve moaned and groaned last night and who can blame me and other like minded fans!

    But its time to give myself a good kick up the backside and move on, like any good fan should!

    I do accept that this season is OVER!

    But next season starts NOW!

    Lets get some well needed players in and quality ones at that and we can gel and impove on the shower we have watched so far.

    An improved team, hopefully will produce improved results and survival will take care of its self.

    Buts its not just players, there are many other areas that need to be look at……lets do it!

    But we need EVERYONE to pull together and that includes the owner and director, who have been missing most of the season!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    KingKevinKeegan .. agreed .. he’s clutching at positives .. no players in by blackburn and it’ll be hard to see us getting a draw . .never mind a much needed win .. mind you if Spartans can give them a good run out, you would think we could take them.

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  • Karltoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    10m a+ the Geremi sale i read.

    Was that young brazilian lad bollocks then? It’s about 2 days old news like..

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  • RememberShearer

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    LMFAO, ASHLEY WILL NOT DO ANYTHING!!!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    The Real Entertainers .. still need to get out of a relegation scrap .. with these “5” mythical players we could turn around our season .. I’m waiting with baited breath .. at the moment though I think we can’t get on Ashleys back as the team need us .. but f**k me I really had that greedy sh*te ruining our club.

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s unlikely that we will get any new players in before Balckburn game. Even if they signed today it would be difficult for them to play.

    What’s happened to these two loan deals? They not happening now? We should have found summat out today shouldn’t we?

    Dare I say it – their talking balls!!!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    * I really had that
    should be
    I really hate that

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  • Karltoon

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Well we should have that Lovenkrands bloke by Sat..

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  • batty

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    LETS MOVE ON how many times have we said that this season you can only move on so much .ASHLEY WISE KINNEAR OUT

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Does it mean Raul Meireles not come then ???
    Does it mean Riise not come then ???

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Ah, it’s always good to see Spurs rejected.

    http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/09/01/15/SOCCER_Tottenham_Boka.html

    I’m sure Tom_Toon will be happy to see that one as well 😉

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Sweendog

    Dont get me wrong, part of me agrees with you.

    Would love to wave a magic wand and have new owner / manager / players.

    But we have to move forward with what we’ve got.

    What i meant by next season starts now. Is if we can improve the team this window and get a consistant team playing well with whats left of this shambles of a season then relegation should take care of its self and we hopefully will be better placed for the next window and subsequent season.

    Hows that for positive thinking.

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  • filthy mag

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #30

    When is the latest he can sign and play for us on Saturday? The fact that he has been trialling with us over the last week or so means that he has had a chance to get to know the squad etc so he should be able to get a run out.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #31

    Zangwill_Ho .. still think these signings are mythical .. wait until they are announced .. otherwise treat them as newspaper lies..

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  • filthy mag

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    I was referring to Lovenkrands

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Batty

    if we DONT move on then what are the options:

    Stay the same

    or

    Go backwards ?

    I’m not sure where you want us to go.

    I know i sound like a broken record, buts its the only way my friend.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #34

    The Real Entertainers .. its good to be positive .. I’m trying hard but keep getting sucked back into what MA has done to the club .. I agree I need to get over it .. but it keeps on happening .. ie. he doesn’t invest and we become more and more exposed to relegation

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  • Partizan

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Really good video about Lovenkrands,just recently posted.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjQC_XOunF4

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #36

    You cant run a football club like this, if there is 8m to spend then why not give Joe 8m on January 1 and let him get on with it.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #37

    Sweendog

    But what can we do?

    We saw in the summer the bed-sheet boys had little effect, except push Ashley further away (some say not a bad thing)

    But i dont think it helped. It distabilised us further and we are still trying to recover.

    We have to play with the cards dealt and Ashley is holding the ace at the moment,whether we like it or not.

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Impossible to be positive with the club at the minute.

    Were imploding at a rate that is unprecedented in football!

    We can’t get rid of Kinnear until the end of the season as nobody would take over.

    I just hope we get to the end of the season still in the PL and then we will need someone like shearer to unite the city and the club!

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  • Californication

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Partizan- That is all well and good, but remember how good youtube made Luque look?

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  • coyote

    Jan 15, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    I can’t see any quality player joining a club with so much internal strife going on, signing for a manager who’s own future is far from certain and a board intent on pressing the self destuct button.
    I fear for the rest of the season cos I can’t see where the next point is coming from having watched them for more than 40years I can’t recall a team playing so badly,its time they went back to the old win bonus’s instead of being paid for being at the club and going thro the motions

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