Newcastle Now Need To Improve Image Of Club


Few Newcastle fans will argue this has been a nightmare season for their club.

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Mike Ashley – has tarnished the image of the Newcastle club

The way Newcastle has been run since Kevin Keegan left is a disgrace, and it’s really been too much like a circus at times at the club this season, if the truth be told.

And the club’s image has taken a big hit this season, and that’s just one of the things that has to be improved before the end of the season.

Of course nothing helps like winning games, and even through all the upheaval and pain for Newcastle fans, they have kept supporting the club and the away allocation of tickets is sold out for every away game.

It’s still recognized that Newcastle are the best supported club in the land, given the last time we won anything was 40 years ago, when Bobby Moncur was captain and Joe Harvey was manager.

We really don’t know if Llambias and Ashley are going to improve the way the club is run, but we have to be hopeful, following the good communications given out last week by Derek.

And it hasn’t helped when our best and most loyal player Shay Given, left the club, simply because he had had enough of the shenanigans going on at the club.

We don’t blame Shay one little bit, but it was hard to take, because it was a huge blemish on the club.  It’s never good when players want to leave a club.

But it has helped to get Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands into the club, as they have provided a big lift to both the squad and to the fans. All three are positive, and seem to have been delighted to come to Tyneside, and are all good players.

What we need now are some good results on the field, more communications each week from Llambias, and then a very good summer transfer window.

The good news is that we now know of quite a few players Newcastle want, and they are good players, so that’s given fans a bit of a lift.

There’s nothing that can lift the mood of a club quicker than a few wins, so we are hoping for a good result at home to Everton, next Sunday.

That will not be easy as the Merseyside club are 6th top and have won 7 of their 12 away games this season, and only lost 3.

But with good support at St. James’ Park, anything is possible, including Everton picking up their 4th loss on the road this season.

Howay The Lads!!



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36 comments so far

  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    I had a dream that we beat Man Utd 5-0 last night! Too big an ask at Old Trafford??

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Do I get a smiley face sticker for getting the first post?

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    improve the image of the club eh. not sure how we will ever do that with lambiarse as the face of newcastle united.

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    @toonarmyuk

    i had a dream like yours but i didnt noe the score but all i knew was we thrashed man u.

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  • valle

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    The image of the club will improve once fans stop fighting the board and the team starts to finish in the top 10 on a regular basis… What we need more than anything is a manager the fans can get behind and from then on, stabillity.

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  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Surprise, surprise.

    According to the Sunday Sun they are going to do a deal with Keegan before the tribunal so it’ll all be settled quietly and we’ll never get to hear the truth of what went on.

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  • DanToon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    valle – Agreed

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  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    “Pretty please with sugar on top”

    Man City’s Johnson says he didn’t like the WAY we bid for him, so now he’s not coming to SJP anyway.

    I think he’s overpriced at 8 million tbh.

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  • DanToon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Anyone watch Swansea yeaterday? Jut wondered if any of you folks liked the look of what Martinez has done there with no money? I for one would love to see him at the Toon. He’d be a cheap Manager to get hold of as well, music to Ashley’s ears!

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  • valle

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    DanToon… Any fairly young manager with a bit of skill would do for me these days… But yah… Martinez would be up there as a favorite of mine.

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  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    If Hughton and Calderwood don’t look like they can keep the ship afloat any thoughts on what the Cockneyscenti will do about it? – bring in Venables as a troubleshooting temp, or appoint a new man and cut Joe adrift? Lawrenson reckons they should do the latter right now, with Bruce, Shearer, and a few others mentioned in the papers.
    If it comes to that, how about this lad, Martinez at Swansea – http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/roberto-martinez-the-next-arsene-wenger-1609097.htm

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  • DanToon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    valle – I want a young manager too that know’s the modern game, can’t be arsed with all these old en’s that think they know best when they clearly don’t! The game & players changed load’s in the last ten years, we need a manager up to date!

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  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Martinez is the Spanish Wenger!

    Swansea always looked to keep the ball on the ground and were never tempted to hoof it long to Jason Scotland. They had a solid core with speedy players buzzing around creating angles and providing width thus stretching Fulham’s defence but still maintained a disciplined shape when they had to defend. And he comes across as a very sensible level headed person.

    Who wouldn’t want that?

    We really could become Arsenal mark 2. He may not have won anything of note to gain respect, but any footballer worth his salt (and they are the ones we are after) would love to be a part of that kind of setup, unless they are good enough to actually play for Arsenal.

    By the way, I was impressed yesterday 😉

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  • DanToon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Martinez for Newcastle, all day long!

    And if he did give him time, he’s only 36!!

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  • waddler

    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Some of you are spot on, Martinez would be the perfect manager to bring the club on with the youth set up being the main focus in the near future.
    1. Stabilise club in top division
    2. Get rid of High earners
    3. Bring in Martinez
    4. Massively fund the academy
    5. Play one way from academy th first team.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Good shout rather have him over bruce anyday..bruce is dull.

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  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Martinez could end up like Paul Ince, I do have doubts whether he is ready or not.

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  • leazers corner

    Feb 15, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #19

    RE -Ed’s comment “And it hasn’t helped when our best and most loyal player Shay Given, left the club, simply because he had had enough of the shenanigans going on at the club.” Lets get one thing straight Shay left for the money and the lure of the last big pay check. It certainly wasn’t for footballing, or the situation at NUFC, reasons or he wouldn’t have gone to Man City.

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  • Olybomp

    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Martinez has my Vote…

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  • workyticket

    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21

    It will take a long time for Geordies to repair their image after the recent shenanigans.

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  • Danny Mac

    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Pleased hear Jose Enrique saying all the right things. He’s had his problems but he’s improving very quickly and like he says if we can play a more attacking style of football it will get the best out of him.
    Our main problem on the pitch for me this season has been that when we go ahead we sit back, often taking off a striker, forcing us to lose possession too often and inviting constant pressure on a back four perenially short of confidence – Man City and West Brom at home probably the two best examples of that.
    Now that Charlie’s gone, and following the inevitable departures of Owen (regretably), Geremi and Viduka we should have a cracking team spirit, which obviously played a big part in Kinnear’s choice of signings in January.
    I think we’ll be safe this season – Boro, WBA, Stoke, Pompey, Hull all struggling worse than us – then the Summer will bring a new start – MA sounds like he will back the manager (whoever that is) then two seasons down the line we’ll be back challenging for UEFA where we belong.
    Come on the Toon!

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Thought you were never going to broach this subject.
    Been saying it forever, the total lack of any PR savvy on the part of this club has been criminal.
    But this in turn reflects directly on management or lack of it.
    This club needs a Dien , Kenyon type footballing
    czar, from which all things will flow management ,players, finances, etc etc.
    Sure it`s O`k to have a plan for the club, we all know what it is (a youth based system) but it`s in the implimentation of the plan that the problems arise.
    Without that knowledgeable footballing brain to run the club, it`s never going to happen.
    On looking back to the time MA took over, until the present, I rest my case. Chaos !, Disolusionment !, anger !, ill feeling between groups of fans and ownership, management, you name it.
    Running a football club has nothing in common with retailing sports equipment and shirts or running a casino.
    Wise up Mike !(no pun intended)
    It`s never too late and yes things could turn around, your call !

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Peter Kenyon is an absolute fool.

    All he cares for is money, not football.

    Dein would be a really good chairman though.

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Leazers corner
    Just how much more is Shay making at “Citeh”
    Or is this unfounded speculation on your part ?
    He did`nt go for footballing hmmm!
    Guess the prospect of playing alongside of Robinho, Kaka and other big names being mentioned, not to mention Bridge, Richards,Elano ,Ireland , with guys like Jo farmed on loan
    Naaah, you are right thats not a footballing reason !

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Shay is making 86-90k a week at Man Chitty.

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #27

    In that case, it was an offer he could`nt refuse, we all have our price.
    Even Kaka, you will see.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Not at all fussed Given left.

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #29

    I know that, also know why !

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Its for the greater good, less media attention, lower the wage bill, get money for more transfers and give our young goalies more of a chance.

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #31

    TOM_TOON
    About Kenyon, you realise he was poached from Man. U. by Chelsea, in which case he was judged as the best available .
    You made my point when you stated all he cares about is money.
    Is`nt that the point, thats why he was hired .
    And maybe this might come as a surprise to you ,
    you must understand what it`s all about it`s…..
    THE MONEY !

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #32

    “Greater good” not sure what that means sounds Idealistic, less media attention, dont get that ?
    Lower the wage bill, sure, but as we see Harper struggling more and more , we will realise the importance of a great goalie to a team.
    And give our young goalies more opportunities, sure, if they can fill the role otherwise its an equally aged, not near as good reserve .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Harper is more complete.

    I know its about the money but Kenyon is just a complete mercenary and doesn’t care at all about the football, one of the reason YOU want him.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #34

    You want him because you say he cares about football (just to clear up any confusion), but he doesn’t.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #35

    if we avoid relegation this season…we will have a new manager, sack him (again) and struggle again to avoid relegation…same goes to next 2 season

    I tho this season is our season simple because of the 1-1 draw at man utd. But whatever we assume, we get the opposite..

    Relegation, Incoming and Outgoing of Managers will always be in our NUFC culture.

    European Place are only part of our “dream”

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  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #36

    Improve the club’s image? Well, it certainly made a heck fo an impression on Michael Johnson!

    Meanwhile, United face disappointment if they resume their pursuit of Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson this summer……

    The Sunday Sun was the first to reveal Newcastle’s interest in Johnson and City team-mate Nedum Onuoha, and Llambias promised that the Magpies will go after them again at the end of the season.

    But England Under-21 international Johnson is understood to have been so unimpressed by the last-ditch nature of Newcastle’s bid for him on transfer deadline day that he is now cold on a move to St James’s Park.

    Sounds like a half-hearted approach, doubtless a reflection on Wise’s world renowned approach to man management!

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